Lent Devotional April 3: Jesus’ Choice

Jesus’ Choice

This being Holy Week, I devote this time to heart-felt prayer about the violence committed against Jesus and His response to it.

Jesus consciously commits to the mission given Him by God the Father. He decides: He “turns his face toward Jerusalem” and rehashes and confirms that decision in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Even though being defensive would have been easier,

Even though being mad would have been easier,

Even though running would have been easier,

Even though fighting would have been easier,

Even though hiding would have been easier,

Even though arguing would have been easier,

Even though killing would have been easier,

Even though being self righteous would have been easier,

Even though having a pity party would have been easier…

Even though being unconscious (not recognizing what God was saying to Him) would have been easier,


Jesus remained conscious and chose:

  • to redirect violence, slander, ignorance, envy, materialism, pride and hatred
  • into caring – for a criminal, his oppressors, his mother, his friend, as He lifted a corrupt system to love and forgiveness.

In all this, He used his last breaths to reference a Psalm (Ps 22), that ends in praise, promise, trust, love and a vision of the “not yet.”

Prayer: Lord, help me remain conscious of You. Thank You for Your mercy and grace. I come in humility. Free me from my preoccupations that I might be open to You. Make my heart’s desire Your heart’s desire. Amen.

Christa Midkiff

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