DayBreaks for 4/10/14 – Looking Toward Jerusalem
Luke 9:51 (KJV) – And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem…
As a pastor, Easter was always my favorite time of the year to preach. Now that I’m not in the pulpit full-time any longer, I really miss not preaching on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday more than any other time of the year. I still contemplate what THIS week, the week before Holy Week, was like for Jesus. Unlike his followers, he knew perfectly well what would happen the following week. When there is something that I either look forward to or dread, I virtually count down the days…”One week from today I’ll….”, or “Only five more days left to wait before…” I wonder if Jesus did the same during this week many, many years ago?
In Scott Peck’s book, The Road Less Traveled, his first words are, “Life is difficult.” Then he goes on to say, ‘This is a great truth, but most of us can’t see it. Instead we moan more or less incessantly, noisily, or subtly, about the enormity of our problem. As if life is supposed to be easy for us, and therefore what has happened to us has never happened to anybody else before, at least not in this excruciatingly painful or insoluble way that it has burdened us.’
“Peck says that he wrote that not because as a therapist he hears his patients say that, but because he has been tempted to say that himself. You could call it the “Law of Exceptionalism,” the idea that this has never happened before, at least not to the degree that it has happened to me. “Exceptionalism.”
“I like that cartoon I saw a long time ago showing a huge desk, a huge CEO sitting behind the desk, in a huge leather chair. Standing meekly in front of the desk is a man in work clothes, obviously a lowly employee in that corporation. The worker says to the boss, “If it’s any comfort, it’s lonely at the bottom too.”
“Life is difficult for everyone. Someone explained to me once why they don’t like Lent. They said, “I’m not into suffering.” I like that. Like it’s optional. Like it’s an adopted lifestyle.
Well Jesus was not into suffering either. You remember he prayed, “Let this cup pass from me.” But when the time came for him to go on “The Hero’s Quest,” the text says, “He set his face steadfastly for Jerusalem.”
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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