Step by Step: Following Jesus from the Palms Parade to the Resurrection
So many things happened this day and night: Jesus reinterprets the Passover meal, declaring the bread his body and the wine his blood. He gives lengthy instruction to his followers on how to carry on his ministry (John 14-17). Jesus is picked from a line-up of a dozen men by a kiss from a friend. He is betrayed, tried, convicted, denied (Matt. 26:47-75).
But it is in the olive press of Gethsemane that we see Jesus, the Man, crushed. The weight of the sin of all people of all time would soon be laid on him. That he who had never sinned would become sin seems more than one man could bear. Even a perfect God-man.
And in the darkness of the garden he asked, Must I?
What would compel him to bear the unbearable? Duty? Demand? No. It is Love.
And from the ground at Gethsemane Jesus would stand and begin his determined journey up the Road of Suffering to Golgotha – taking us with him.
Lord, help us watch and pray and accept your will. Thank you for Jesus’ journey on our behalf that ultimately takes us home.
Devotion by Eric Reed, artwork by Kerry Jackson