At our church, we meet on Wednesday nights for bible study and prayer. We are going to be doing a study series I am calling “The Road to Jerusalem” which will lead us up to Easter Sunday. I’ve decided to post some short devotional thoughts about each lesson. Our first study is called “Why Go?” and the scripture passage is Luke 18:31-34.
In this passage, Jesus tells His disciples that they are going to Jerusalem where He will be taken captive and turned over to the Gentiles for torture and death, but will rise from the dead after three days! What a bomb shell of information to drop on these men! It says they didn’t understand. He mentioned that Old Testament prophets had predicted such things about Him. Apparently they hadn’t grasped that either. They had witnessed miracles, listened to sermons, ministered with Jesus to the poor and needy and broken-hearted, and much more – but apparently, didn’t get it. Get what?
I’d say they didn’t get that the road to glory is a tough road – filled with suffering and sacrifice. Jesus did it willingly and calls us to do the same. We think we deserve the blessings of the kingdom without the pain and cry out when we get the problems. The question remains – Why Go? For Jesus, the answer was because it’s right, it’s necessary, and it’s the only way others will be able to enjoy the glory as well. He has never been self-serving, never looked out for His own welfare, never shirked His calling or responsibilities or destiny. Why should we do the same? For the same reasons, plus one – because He did it for us.
For the study outline and helps go to http://www.cccpana.com and click on Study Archives, go to the menu for Choose Study and scroll down to the Road to Jerusalem Series.