Scripture: John 19:17
They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha.
Insights: For the next three days we are going to be looking at three aspects of Jesus’ work on the cross of Calvary. The first work is actually accomplished just before the cross and it is Jesus’ walk to Golgotha. One of the sad truths about humanity is we really do want to be our own gods. We want to walk our path the way we want to walk it. We want to make God in our image and have Him fill our emotional needs. The problem is that we are incapable of walking such a path. We needed another to walk this path and Jesus is the One who did such a work. He carried His cross to Golgotha, the Place of the Skull. It was because of Jesus’ walk to this place that paved the way for us to have access to the Lord God. Now, it was not just because Jesus walked this path, but also because of what He did once He arrived, but that is for tomorrow and Friday. Understand, Beloved, this path of pain, known as the Via Del Arose, was really our path. In other words, our sin meant that someone had to walk this way of suffering and it out to have been us. The problem with us walking this path would have been that we would never have made it to the end. It took the perfect One to bear up under the weight of the judgment placed on Him. Our response to Jesus’ walking of our path ought to be one of immense gratitude. May we express our joy in Him for the walk He took on our behalf. May we never forget what it cost Him and what it gave us. We now have access to eternal life with our loving Lord because Jesus walked this path of pain which was rightfully ours to walk, but we was incapable of walking it. Thank You Lord for Your wonderful grace!
1. In what ways are you trying to walk your own path?
2. Have you come to the realization that you are incapable of walking your own path to the Lord?
Prayer: Father, forgive me for being so self-sufficient. Let me experience Your conviction in regards to my prideful heart and grant me the grace to be humbled by Your immense love and receive the gift which You Son gave to me. Amen.