Day 64 - 66: The Last Days of Jesus on Earth

And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Luke 22:41-44, KJV

 

By now, most are familiar with Jesus' final days here on earth. Beginning with the familiar theme of the leaders opposing everything He did, to the last supper, to His prayer in the garden, we see a series of events unfold that would ultimately lead Jesus to the cross. It must have been frustrating to Jesus to have the very ones He came to save working so hard to see that He didn't. It's not that the leaders didn't want to be saved, they just had a different plan in mind. 

 

I think there are times that we also have a different plan in mind.

 

That's why it is so important for us to read the Word. It is vital that we know the exact plan that God has for our salvation, just as it is vital for us to know exactly how He accomplished it. And it is critical that we understand the price that Jesus paid to make sure that we have that opportunity to be saved, lest we allow our own thoughts and plans to get in the way of our salvation.

 

The reading for the next three days consists of Luke chapters 20-22. They reveal the love that Jesus has for us, the commitment He had to make sure that we have that opportunity to be saved, and the depth of love that He and the Father have for us. It is an important story, and one that is worthy of our attention. It cost the Jesus' very life to tell it. Will we listen?