“Then He took the twelve aside…”– Luke 18:31
Jesus had already explained to the twelve where they were heading months before this time. Through the Judean and Perean ministry of Christ, they spent months traveling up to Jerusalem. This would be Jesus’ last ascent to the holy city. Along the way, the Apostles were eyewitnesses to some of the greatest miracles. They even performed some themselves. But their hope was in Jesus establishing His throne on earth, not understanding still what He truly came to do. Although they walked daily with the Savior, they may have been caught up in the works and forgot their purpose. The disciples were comfortable. But, their view was off. Jesus lovingly reminded them once more about the purpose and plan.
There are times in our lives as Christians when we become too comfortable. This can be a dangerous place if we are not careful. It is during these seasons that we begin to feel we know the Lord very well. This is when the pursuit of Him begins to decline, and we take our relationship for granted. We begin the race well yet slow down in the middle of it. Suddenly, we forget our Christian duties and what we were placed on this earth to do. We forget and neglect our calling and our relationship with the Savior.
Jesus is our perfect example of fulfilling a calling. He was acutely aware of what was in store for Him upon the Cross. He was aware of the unbearable pain that awaited. Death by crucifixion was the most horrible form of death. Punishment delivered in such a way that the actions involved “all intensified just up to the point at which they can be endured at all, but all stopping just short of the point which would give to the sufferer the relief of unconsciousness.” It was with Jesus’ full knowledge of what was coming that He went on. But the Lord had to fulfill the prophecies, and He looked beyond the Cross, to its side of salvation.
We must not become complacent and forget our calling as Christians. The truth of our mission is found in God’s Word. And when we remember His Word, we recognize the mission. For it is a lamp unto our feet and light unto our path. Let’s not speak for Jesus, only of Him, and what He has done on the salvation side of the beautiful Cross!
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”– Matthew 28:19