Matthew 17:22-23

As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised. 

I have often wondered what Jesus thought and felt as he journeyed to Jerusalem fully aware of the cruel betrayal and death that awaited him. Surely he must have fixed his eyes on the God he loved more than life. He must have held fast the promise he would be raised on the third day. His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane indicates he was deeply conflicted. Yet he kept going anyway, step by terrible step. Did he carry you and me in his heart? I like to think he did. Let us walk faithfully with Jesus today, strengthened and sustained by love that is stronger than death.

Sarah Bensen