“They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid.” Mark 10:32
This is the picture that has gripped me during Holy Week:
Jesus, striding up to Jerusalem, determined to carry out his mission….
which would involve betrayal, mocking, flogging, crucifixion and death.
He led the way.
Four times, Jesus told His disciples what was coming, except He always added the final part – resurrection — but they didn’t seem to hear it.
“The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life.” And the disciples were filled with grief. Matthew 17:23
Jesus lost them at “they will kill him”.
The twelve were full of fear, perhaps wondering if death was also waiting for them in Jerusalem.
BUT THEY STILL FOLLOWED.
They did it scared.
I must remember, when I am astonished at being led down the road marked with suffering,
that it’s a place He’s been before….
and He knows the way.
I can do it scared.
“The cross is never the end. It’s only partway through. The cross is necessary, but the cross is always accompanied by the resurrection and the victory that comes from the resurrection…..that’s always true.” Experiencing the Cross, Henry Blackaby