Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Lent Day 32 – Walk with Jesus


[12] The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” [13] Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. [14] Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, [15] and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” [16] So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” (John 11:12-16 ESV)

I have a lot of sympathy for the disciples trying to keep up with their Master. In this passage Peter seems uncharacteristically speechless. It must have seemed to him utter folly to head back into the Jewish hornets nest in Jerusalem. But they couldn’t let Jesus head back to Jerusalem alone. Thomas finally spoke for all of them saying that they would go to Jerusalem with Jesus even if it meant they had to die with him. (How easy it is to make rash promises!)

Jesus still calls for us to follow him. I am called to die to myself. That is not an easy thing to do. Am I really willing to die to self? Do I trust him enough to step out in faith?

We each have to answer such questions for ourselves, of course. It helps me to remember that the path of response to the call of Jesus is well-beaten by a host of believers who have gone on before.


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