Day 1: Death 1
Bible Verse: Matthew 16:21
From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.
Bible Reading: Matthew 16:21-23 (Matt. 16:21-23)
What does this mean for me?
This is hard. It is hard for the disciples to understand and it is hard for anyone of us to understand when our loved ones must suffer at the hand of others. Inside each one of us is compassion and a desire to not see those we love hurt around us. The disciples wanted the same for Jesus Christ, they did not want to see him suffer and did not want to see him die.
I have known this in my own life, that my suffering has always been a part of my greater strength, whether that suffering is in relationship, family, work or with friends. When we can understand that through our suffering Christ is with us, Christ first suffered for us…the most humbling thought I have is to understand that my suffering is nothing compared to what Christ suffered for me, for my sin, to save me not just for now, but for all eternity!
During this Lenten season, try to switch your mindset to give praise for the suffering that we endure which produces strength and character.