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"I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished!" Luke 12:50

As we remember our Lord this week I am reminded of both his humanity and his great love for us. His distress the days leading into “good” Friday weighed heavily on him. And yet...

as he wrestled intensely in prayer even to the point of sweating blood the night he was betrayed, he said to his beloved Father “not my will but thine be done”. He chose loving obedience for the sake of our redemption, the joy set before him!

Before we race to resurrection Sunday, I am pausing to remember the distress, suffering and grief Jesus endured. Yes Jesus is fully God but he was very much a man of sorrows who endured unspeakable suffering for our sake. What manner of love is this!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” -Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV

In his enduring Love,
Pastor John B

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