“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
— Luke [22:42]
THE PRICE JESUS PAID FOR HUMANKIND
Late at night in an ancient Judean garden, a man in his early thirties asked, “Are you sure this is the only way?”
It was the third time that evening the young man had returned to the garden, each time with the same request: “Are you sure?”
He was met by silence, but the answer was clear. The fullness of his humanity exposed, he was sweating to the point of bleeding. “Not my will but yours,” he reluctantly assented. He knew what lay ahead. Betrayal by his friends and humiliation in front of his community. An agonizing beating that would tear the skin from his back. A trek carrying his cross to a hill. Death by crucifixion. All this he and he alone had to undergo in order to connect humanity with God.
In fact, he was creating a flower for humankind called Easter.
Excerpt of the opening to Jesus & Co. Due for release on March 20th. Available for pre-order on Amazon.com
Blessings, until next time,
Bruce L. Hartman