Luke 22 paints such a beautiful picture of Christ's heart as a man -- as a human being, that is. He kicks back with his buddies for a last meal, He shares some serious wisdom, breaks some bad news over bread and wine, and he loves with everything he has.
Jesus is so much more than a great man, though. Jesus is the fulfillment of the law, and of God's promise -- Jesus's death is the preserving of our lives, and it's through Him that we get to spend eternity with our Father.
Now I know I'm not the only one who gets songs stuck in their head while reading the Bible, right? So when I got to verse 39 and started reading about the Garden of Gethsemane, all I could hear were the lyrics to Leeland's song, Opposite Way.
If there had been another way for things to go down, Jesus asked God to let the cup pass from him, and to save humankind another way. But he's Jesus, and he knew this was the only way. So he said, knowingly, "yet not my will, but yours be done," and he went the opposite way of the world: gracefully up onto the cross.
I would never, ever, compare my trials and sacrifices to those of Jesus's, but I have felt like an outcast before, and I have heard and heeded the call to go, even when the going was tough, unknown, unusual to the world, and scary.
My prayer today is that even when the going gets tough, even when I'm running in the opposite direction the world wants me to go, I'll keep going as long as it's in the direction of Jesus.
It's just better that way.
YOUR TURN: Have you ever felt called to run in the opposite direction the world expected you to? Whether it was a call to move across the country, to move overseas, to ask to pray for your neighbor, or to quit your job to pursue another plan God has for you, have you heard it, and have you heeded? Share! ⤵︎