Who would have thought one of Jesus disciples would betray him? How could those who followed Him and leaned on His every word, run away when things got tough? How could His rock solid Peter deny Him three times when He promised that he would do anything for his Lord including dying for Him?
It’s easy to sit back and judge these fellows for their inconsistent behavior, but how often are we guilty of the same thing? When we set ourselves above others; when we don’t truly follow His plan for our lives; when we decide we know better than He does; when we don’t help and serve others out of love; when we pretend to be good people even though our thoughts and deeds are filled with ugliness – we are denying our Savior.
We are actually no better than those who spat upon Him and mocked Him on His road to Calvary. We may think we are doing everything right, but when push comes to shove, we can’t do any of it alone. Our sinful nature drives everything we do in life. That is why we need His strength, His courage, His selflessness, His love and His hand guiding us through the road we are traveling to heaven. He paid the price while we reap the benefits.
Help me, Lord to remember the trials and suffering you endured on my behalf. Forgive me for not always following your footsteps. When I am weak, you carry me. When I fall, you lift me up. My life will not be perfect until I get to my heavenly home, but I know that with you I can endure all things During this Holy Week, remind me of my weakness and your perfection. Amen!