Jesus was sent to die for our sins, but that does mean that he wanted to. In Mark’s gospel, we see that Jesus was praying to God and talking to him as his father and telling him that he didn't want to do what he had to do. He was asking his father to take the pain away.
( Mark 14:35-41) He went with God’s will for him anyway, and now we are reunited with God. Jesus did not want to do what God called him to do, but he did God’s plan, even when it was hard.*
What is the picture of God that we get from this passage?
Activity: God Has a Plan For Me book
Every time you see that God has done something that is really good in your life, write about it and every time things are hard, go back and read how God has been good so that you are reminded of God’s goodness in your life.
Copyright 2003 Liz Kidney
* Editor's Note: Jesus also said, "The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life--only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my
Father" John 10:17-18.
And in Hebrews 12:2 we read, "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and
perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
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