Holy Thursday // Lead Me To The Cross

holy week lead me to the cross

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Master, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later.” John 13:6-7

What I am doing now, you do not understand now, but you will understand later…

The cross – suffering – is not something I understand in my life right now. To be honest, sometimes I hate it. It’s scary and uncertain. I ask questions and wrestle with God. I beg, plead, and cry, wondering what possible good can come from deep pain and suffering. It feels lonely and dark. It is so easy to ask, “What’s the point? What could possibly come from this in my life?”

And yet, what is most painful and awful in life is what saves us – suffering. Jesus didn’t redeem us by his miracles or teachings but by his suffering. And in doing this, He has radically transformed all my sufferings. They have a place to go: on the cross. In my broken humanity, I see the answer as I look at Jesus. The answer? To actively unite whatever my suffering to the cross, even if I never understand or see the fruit from it in this life.

What can possibly come from my sufferings? A chance to participate with Him in the salvation of the human race. At a glance, that can sound like an overly romantic, fuzzy idea, but it certainly doesn’t feel warm and fuzzy as you walk through it. But the challenge is to hold on, persevere, and believe that the most painful moments in life have a great, mysterious purpose.

I have been devouring a new book over the past two evenings, and it has been an insightful read on so many levels. God’s way out of the mess sometimes leads us further into the mess. He draws us in deeper, because He wants to take us deeper. Suffering brings repentance, and the greatest lessons in life often do come in the hardest of ways.
Tonight, Christians around the world will enter the three most sacred days of the liturgical year, the Triduum. We enter Jesus’s most active moments of His life, when He was hanging there. And in the darkest, most difficult moments in life, that is when we are most alive, most active; when uniting it to Jesus hanging there on Calvary.

What God is allowing in life now, I do not understand… but someday I will.

I’m just trusting in Your promise, all will be used for Your purposes and plans.
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Patty is a runner, big dreamer, writer, and youth minister ordinaire. She loves all things John Wayne, a tasty mimosa, and is learning to find grace in all things.
This post originally appeared on A Modern Grace.

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