I had fun last month posting my random thoughts, so I thought I would do the same again this week.
Without further ado, here are twelve more after hearing Luke's Passion this Palm Sunday.
- Despite knowing what awaited Him that night, our Lord had the patience and courage to keep teaching His apostles. Even as they argued over who was greatest.
- Jesus tells Peter he must strengthen his brothers. I believe that duty is passed onto us as well.
- Jesus heads out to the Mount of Olives. I often wonder why he liked it there so much. Did He like the backdrop of Jerusalem? Was it peaceful? Or just convenient? No matter what, it is poetic that the place He delivered Himself over to His enemies is the same place He ascended into Heaven from.
- How far is a stone's throw? Are we talking a Peyton Manning throw? Or a soft underhand toss? Could they hear Him? See Him?
- Jesus prays fervently and drips sweat "like drops of blood". The apostles sleep. These inharmonious images haunt me.
- In my mind, Peter never denies Jesus from his heart. For me it was always a passing comment ... one meant to shoo off these people and keep himself alive. Kind of like when we tell white lies. We don't really feel like we are lying in the moment. Similarly, I really don't imagine Peter felt like he was truly denying Christ. Until that cock crowed.
- Herod and Pilate became friends that day even though they had been enemies formerly. Even in the face of death, Jesus removed hatred from sinners.
- The Jewish people choose Barabbas, yes. And the Romans executed Christ. But it was our sins that killed Jesus.
- "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves." Here was a Man headed off to be brutally murdered. And he is telling those on hand that they should cry for their future? Yikes.
- "Today you will be with me in Paradise." I hope we all hear that when we are lying on our death beds. (Also, it would be a good inspirational line for a blog ;)
- Our Lord's acquaintances stood at a distance and watched. I often picture them right under the cross the whole time. I forget how scared they still must have been.
- He breathed His last. It must have been devastating to those who followed Him. That moment when their teacher was no longer with them. They must have been so confused; this "ending" must have been so different than they imagined. Little did they know...
I hope you are having a Blessed Holy Week.