Lenten Devotional: April 8
“I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.”
Jesus has called his disciples, preached, healed, and worked miracles. Now, He prepares to Journey into Jerusalem. He is a “Light into the world”; He “does not judge the world but [comes] to save the world”. “[He] has not spoken on [his] own, but the Father who ‘has sent [Him]’” has Himself given [Him] a commandment about what to say and what to speak. And [He knows] that His Commandment is Eternal Life.” (John 12: 49-50)
We know that he is going to his Crucifixion. Our hearts ache. We yearn for this not to happen, yet Jesus must fulfill his destiny, for our sakes. He chooses to give his life to save us from our sins, from falling into temptation, and from not resisting evil. Yet, “As the deer longs for the waterbrook, so longs our soul for the living God.” (Psalm 42)
We remember times of joy and gladness, songs and laughter, celebrations and thanksgivings, wishing that it could always be that way. But, the immediate future after the joyful procession with Jesus into Jerusalem is the pain and suffering of Jesus for our sins—waiting alone in the Garden of Gethsemane, and our watching on Golgotha (Mount Calvary). However, our Lord commands and promises to us his Steadfast Love, and a time of Eternal Rest.
Why did Jesus have to go through this suffering? What can I do to gain Eternal Rest (Peace)? My soul prays that Jesus may come into my heart and renew my hope, so that I can again praise Him.
“O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God?
How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
‘For who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?’
‘Or who has given a gift to him, to receive a gift in return?’
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever. Amen”