Journey of Discovery
As we move through the period of Lent and approach Holy Week, we look at the life of Jesus as he leads his disciples through a tumultuous journey of faith. The disciples were only slightly aware of the grumblings of the religious leaders, they felt that Jesus was in control and he was a force to be reckoned with. It was only Jesus who knew his destiny, even though he had spoken about this to his disciples, they had filtered out the uncomfortable truth and concentrated on the huge crowds following their master.
A hard road to travel
The disciples were in for a terrible time in the capital, their hopes and dreams would be shattered to pieces. They would need every ounce of faith and togetherness to get through the death of their leader, and they would also need their reliance on God. Even Jesus himself would cry out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.” It shows the walk of faith is never an easy one, and that is because we look to God as we acknowledge the unsurmountable problems in front of us. There was no easy way that Jesus could lead his disciples through his death and resurrection, the deep despair and then the period of emptiness, to be followed by the overwhelming news that Jesus was alive.
To walk by faith means we must travel through periods of uncertainty, wondering whether God has really spoken to us, whether we have the resources to do the job, or the ability. So many questions go through our minds but our faith is not in ourselves and our own strength, it is in God, and he will never fail us.
Jesus will see us through
As we go through Easter, let it be a reminder to us all, that we will encounter difficult periods in our life, we will live in uncertainty as we look at our earthly circumstances but if we keep our eyes on Jesus, he will get us through and our faith will be rewarded as we look back and see how God was at work in the background, often unseen but bringing the best out of our circumstances. Easter is quite rightly a time of celebration but it is preceded by our looking honestly at ourselves over the period of Lent. The weaknesses that we see, our failings, our imperfections will be acknowledged in the lead up to Easter and then they will be swept away by the triumph of Jesus victory on the cross. Our eyes will focus on the risen King.
May God Bless you on this journey of discovery and may you see the victory of Jesus in your own life as you walk by faith looking to the Son to bring light to your life.