“Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came! Father, bring glory to your name.” John 12:27
Lord Jesus, the day after Palm Sunday, your soul was deeply troubled, but a greater joy compelled your heart (Heb. 12:2). No surprises awaited you, just an overwhelming assignment—a plan you embraced before the world began (Eph. 1:3-14).
Within days, you would receive the judgment we deserve, to give us the grace we can never earn. You, the “Prince of Glory,” became sin for us, that in you, we might become the very righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21). Your “bruised heel” (Gen. 3:15) crushed Satan’s head—securing the devil’s defeat, guaranteeing evil’s eradication, certifying death’s elimination. Hallelujah!
Because you endured the cross, we are enveloped in God’s love. Children of grace—redeemed from every nation, tribe, people, and language. Daughters and sons of mercy—as numerous as the stars in the sky, grains of sand on the shore, and particles dust covering the earth (Gen. 12-17). The Gospel is this good, glorious, and enough.
It was for this purpose you came from eternity into time and space—not to be our exemplary model, but our perfect substitute. For this reason, you emptied yourself of your glory by taking the form of a servant—the Lord’s Servant and our Savior (Isa. 52:13-53:12; Phil. 2:5-11). We praise, bless, and adore you, Jesus. All week long help us “survey” your “wondrous cross,” linger in the profound mystery, and in preparation for the joy of shouting, “He is risen! He is risen indeed!” So Very Amen.