READ : Mark 8:31-38
He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things. (v. 31, NIV)
At the height of his popularity Jesus stunned his disciples with the announcement that he would go to Jerusalem, there to suffer and die.
Did Jesus know, as we now know, that all his life, from the instant of his conception, the hand of God had been moving in the shadows, leading him to this hour, so that he might be in just the right place, at just the right time, to do what God had planned all along for him to do?
What if Jesus had listened to Peter, and decided not to go to Jerusalem? We can ask that question of our own lives, too. What if I attended the other school, pursued the other career? At all the crucial crossroads of my life, what if I’d taken the other path?
We can play the “What if?” game all day. But the fact is that of all the people you might have become, God has shaped the person you did become. God has led you to this hour. The question is: will you enter the Jerusalem to which God is calling you? To do so may mean suffering, painful change. But if God’s destiny for you lies in Jerusalem, how can you not go there?
Forbid it, Lord, that I miss my Jerusalem.