Jesus walked through Passion Week touching many people when they were alone, when they were in a group and to each of his twelve disciples. It seems like a crowded busy week but He walked it alone. Only He really knew what was at the end of that week. As he ministered each day, His heart was heavy because even though He was the Son of God, He walked through this week as a human man.
He joyfully drank the cup His Father gave Him because He knew the entire human race depended on it for their redemption. But He suffered each day knowing the weight of the cross he would carry with a crown of thorns pressed deep into his head on Friday on the way to a hill where 3 crosses would stand. He gave words of courage, instruction and promise while He felt the pain of the nails through his feet.
He taught them to render to Ceasar the things that are Ceasar’s and unto God the things which be of God as He perceived their craftiness all the while knowing the drops of blood that would mark His prayer place in Gethsemane. He had time and compassion to bless a poor widow who cast into the treasury her last two mites all the while hearing the soon to be jeering in the streets as the mobs yelled, “Crucify him, crucify him!
He gave warnings to those closest to Him to not be deceived as many would come in His name. As the Passion Week neared its end, He gave them comfort of His second coming in a cloud with power and great glory just hours before He wept in the Garden and asked His Father to removed the cup from Him but “not my will but thine be done,” He said in resignation.
When we walk that crowded path with a pain no one sees, understands or knows, remember, Jesus walked alone through Passion Week also. He suffered a deep pain because He was our Savior but in a human body. As tears roll down your cheek as you lay a precious child in a casket, gone too soon, Christ walked that path of pain, sweat and tears as a human man alone.
Although alone, Jesus knew His Father and knew the plan of Redemption that he was sent to consummate. Not my will, but thine be done,” he sobbed with a quivering voice but a steadfast will and heart.
Whether my pain or your pain, remember Jesus’ walk alone through Passion Week. Remember His tears and His steadfastness. For that our Redemption was bought and paid for. Remember, not my will but thine be done.