Behind these predictions of Jesus’ death is a question for us, “What does it mean to follow Jesus?” Go ahead and read chapters 8-10 of Mark to get an an- swer. All that being said, it’s still a shock to see God on a cross. God forbid that this is the way that Jesus should love us...all the way to the cross. It’s not at all what we expected. I mean, can the problems between God and us be so deep that they can only be set right by Jesus submitting to such human violence?
Think of the cross this way...Jesus is set on bringing the whole world back to God. He will stoop at noth- ing, even a cross, even a crude sword in his side, to get a hold of us. So, if you’re having trouble believing in Jesus at this point, don’t worry. Your faith will come. Jesus is not done yet. The Divine Creator will
do anything to get want Jesus wants. And that means he wants you and me! Just don’t doubt Jesus’ resolve. He’s coming for us!
Peace, Pastor Gary