April 13: The Man of Sorrows (Luke 9:18-22)
Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” And they answered, “John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” And he strictly charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” (ESV)
The church has traditionally celebrated the Sunday before Easter as unique in the life of our Lord Jesus. This Sunday is called Palm Sunday because it is the week prior to Jesus' death when the crowds were shouting Hosanna and waving palm branches. While the people shouting praises were in for a surprise, it certainty did not take Jesus by surprise. He knew from the beginning that his final week would end in his death on a cross. Can you imagine the weight of this thought? Alexander McLaren wrote, “If the anticipation of suffering is the multiplication of sorrow, how much must his have been multiplied throughout his life.” This Sunday we will consider this aspect of the Jesus as the Son of Man. While this was a title of power, Jesus infuses it with sorrow. Take some time to consider this man of sorrows as he looks to the day of his death. Fight for time to meditate on this incredible idea that Jesus was born to die and let it gently and humbly lead you to worship.
Review and Apply
- What did you think of Jesus prior to your conversion?
- How would you answer the question, “Who do you say that I am?”
- Describe any struggle that you have with the concept of a suffering servant.
- How has your understanding of Jesus grown in terms of the necessity of his death on your behalf?
- Why have so many said that the heart of the gospel rests at the foot of the cross?
- How does the cross challenge your current view of sin?
- How does the cross make sacrifice in this life gain?
- How does his cross lead you to greater affections?
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