The Shadow of The Cross

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Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine

He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. – Mark 8:31

 

Peter had made a noble confession of his faith in Christ as the promised Messiah, and now Jesus tells him what being Messiah meant; how He was to fulfill His mission. It was not as the disciples expected. They were looking for His enthronement as an earthly king, but He tells them that the way to His throne was through suffering and by the cross.

We must recognize that while the way He marked out lay through darkness and sorrow, at the end there would be glory, – “after three days rise again.” There would be no failure in His mission. An apostle said to believers in Christ: “You must through much suffering enter into the kingdom of heaven.” The tribulation was hard but they would go through it and beyond was the kingdom of heaven. In the Twenty-third Psalm there is a verse which says: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” In these words there is a suggestion of suffering – but the writer is going through it; then comes “the house of the Lord forever.” So here the dying of the Savior seemed to be failure but the rising again meant glory, victory, and eternal life. He was simply going through death as the appointed way to His throne.

This quiet announcement by our Lord of what was in store for Him reminds us of an element of sorrow in Christ’s life from which we are mercifully spared. He knew before hand every inch of His painful path. The shadow of His cross lay upon His soul throughout his life. We sometimes rashly say that we wish we could see our future. Really though, it is a gracious provision of our own life that we cannot see an hour before us. To know the future would only darken the present and make us less useful now. It is far better that it is hidden..

Apply This To Your Life Today… Remember a time of trial through which you have come, which provided an opportunity to grow. Do you hold onto the hope of our future glory with Christ even when life is hard?

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