Michael Card is an award-winning musician, performing artist, and writer of "El Shaddai," "Immanuel," and many other worship songs. He has also authored numerous books including The Biblical Imagination series, The Hidden Face of God, A Better Freedom, Scribbling in the Sand, and A Violent Grace—the book from which this week's readings are adapted. Read more about Michael, his music, and ministry at MichaelCard.com.
What he Said … Jesus Knew His Mission
During his ministry, Jesus often spoke of hard-to-grasp paradoxes: He was both king and suffering servant; both healer and wounded one; both everlasting God and crucified outcast.
Once when Jesus told his disciples that he would suffer and die, Peter cried out, "Never, Lord! This shall never happen to you!" (Matt. 16:22, NIV et al.). No doubt he spoke for the Twelve. If I had walked with Jesus then, Peter would have spoken for me as well. But Jesus sharply rebuked Peter. He would not be turned aside from his mission. Luke wrote, "As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem" (Luke 9:51).
Every day of his adult life stretched out ahead of him like a narrow road. More than anyone else he knew that the script for his life had already been written across the pages of the Old Testament. As he made his way toward Golgotha, with every step he knew—detail for detail, agony by agony—how it would end and what it would cost.
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