"We fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." - Hebrews 12:2-3
Dear Jesus, on this day in your final week you rested quietly out at Bethany. Oh, how that day must have been filled with contemplation of the betrayal of a friend, the denial of your chosen leader and the filthy hate that would be heaped upon you by lost souls. But I am guessing that what the passage says above was also there; for the joy set before you of redeeming me you were comforted and peacefully happy. That blows my mind. But it also fills my soul with hope in the joy of heaven with you. I may suffer but I have a joy that stands beyond the darkness. I will run the race because I know you are there at the end smiling with a redeeming grin. AMEN
"I can face my life today because I will be with Christ tomorrow."