As we prepare to celebrate Easter, there’s no better time to remember the long and painful road our Savior endured to get to the cross. After three years of difficult public ministry that were no doubt physically, emotionally and spiritually draining, He was betrayed by one of His disciples and turned over to Roman authorities, who, after pressure from the zealots among His own people, agreed to have Him killed. As if the sentence of death by crucifixion wasn’t horrendous enough, He was beaten to the point of being bloody and a crown of thorns was placed on His head. After that, He was forced to carry His cross up a hill while being mocked and spit on. All of this torture happened before He was actually hung to die; once He was on the cross, He faced many more hours of excruciating pain.
Though we will never know the depth of what Jesus endured, when we are His disciples, there are many twists and turns on the roads of our lives, and often they take us through the valleys of pain, death, and loss. No one knew this more than our Savior. Though He could have died an easy and painless death, He suffered to redeem our pain. There is nothing we brave in this crazy world that He cannot relate to, empathize with, or comfort us through, because He endured the ultimate trial and rose triumphant!
Friend, every great story involves pain and requires sacrifice, and yours is no exception. Thankfully, our Lord set the ultimate example. When you are tempted to fall into the worldly trap of believing that life is a bed of roses, remember what Jesus endured, but more importantly, remember what He accomplished! Because He was willing to give it all, He gained everything and has made you an heir of it. Embrace your journey knowing that your suffering Savior has gone before you to resurrect and redeem your body, soul, and spirit. You are His precious child and He went to the cross for you; receive that truth today and bask in the wonder of His love!