His true colors

today is the first day of studying the new series “24: the hours that changed the world”. we’ll be going through john 18 as it relates to Jesus’ last hours of His life here among His disciples.

this morning we simply focused on the setting of events, really:

1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron Valley, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered.

i wonder what it would have been like to have been there – to experience life knowing the man, Jesus. to have sat at His feet to listen and learn. to have walked with Him, served Him. to be around others who knew Him and to hear their views of Him and His words and works. to have had His counsel.

i’m rather independent and recognize that His ‘inner twelve’ were all men. how would i have felt about that if i were from that period? would i have yearned to be a part of that? or would i have accepted it graciously and simply waited for the times i could take part and glean what i could when i could?

when it talks about He and disciples entering the garden, does that exclude the women that were in his close band of followers? was it the elite twelve or would i have been allowed to come?

imagine knowing – being fully aware of where that road will lead – to the garden, yes, but the next 24 hours and all that it encompassed. He was God and man! He would grasp everything that He was about to endure as only God can, and yet the man would endure it. and He went anyway.

the study guide reminds us that a person’s true colors come out during the trials of life. so as we view the hardest, most brutal time in Jesus’ life, we get to see what He’s really made of. how does He handle these trials? how does He act and reacte? what is this Christ’s true color?

i think it’s orange.

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