Day 9 I Friday April 19, 2019

The reading today was short, concise, and yet still managed to portray the gloom and fear that resided in the hearts of the followers who had to watch their Savior receive the most inhumane punishment that we could fathom. There were no words or condolences that would make up for the sights that were witnessed and, on this day, there was no hope.

The stark reality of what had just taken place had to struck fear within the disciples and followers of Christ. For they saw just how the Son of God had been treated a natural for them to be concerned about receiving the same treatment as punishment. With the heavy presence of fear, it would have been very easy to just focus on the recent loss of their friend and Savior and to completely lose sight at the fact that Jesus gave them the play-by-play of how this would work out in Luke 18.

"See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise." (Luke 18:31-33)

Even with the good news and promise of His return the disciples remained scared, however they did not retreat and leave town like many others may have. That's how it is for many Christians today, (And to be honest, I feel this way myself sometimes.) They've heard Jesus' words. Maybe they've even heard his words repeatedly. But they see how the world treats him. They see how the world gravitates toward science and discounts those who believe in Christ. They see how too much Jesus makes you uncool in our culture. They see how their Savior is treated, and they become afraid. So, they hide themselves.

On this day where the "light" seemed to have been smothered by darkness, place yourself in the position of His followers and ask yourself if you would have shared in the promise of the words that Jesus offered or if you would have been taken over by fear of what would be done to you just by proclaiming your faith. With hindsight on our side, it is easy to not see the weight of that situation but if you are honest with yourself, then you will be able to see that the world we live in today is making its best effort at smothering "the Light" with darkness. Are you strong enough to hold out hope and share the good news of what is about to come?

Amber Kirk