Devotional Scripture: John 18:1-11
"Jesus, knowing what all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, 'Who is it you want?" - John 18:4
Have you ever chosen a "road" (a choice in life) even though you knew exactly where it would take you?
Have you ever avoided such a choice because you knew where it would lead you?
Tough questions . . . the answers to either could bring back painful memories of past decisions.
Doing what's right in life is sometimes painful. Very painful.
In our scripture lesson today . . . we see that the time of prayer is over.
Jesus walked forward to face his arrest.
He could have hidden. He could have run away. He could have allowed Peter and others to defend him with swords.
As I think about it now . . . there are many things Jesus could have done other than walking forward.
But he did none of them.
He walked forward to face arrest . . . and as a result, he walked toward the cross.
Despite his knowledge of the pain and the final cost to his own life . . . he accepted what God wanted him to do.
Such obedience to God's will, even to the point of willfull sacrifice . . . is amazing.
Such is the requirement of being obedient to God. In the end, all it takes is one thing . . . trust in who you're being obedient to.
As we continue our effort to clear away and make straight our road to Easter . . . let us examine our hearts . . . that we might become more obedient to God in areas of our lives.
God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>