Monday of Holy Week

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So I have begun the last stage of my Lenten journey. Lent meanders on over its 40 days, but now the torrent of events which will eventually overwhelm Jesus, are building up, and I am invited by Jesus to share in his journey to the cross. Jesus, who came to bring joy and peace, pays a costly price for our peace and joy. His example of complete obedience to God was lived out in all he said and did. Not afraid of challenging the important religious leaders of his time, he said it how it was! His honesty and compassion brought him hostility, ridicule and rejection. Falsley accused he was convicted, sentenced to death and publicly nailed to a cross to die slowly.Obedience to God who needs it? Why do it?
The Methodist Covenant Service has a prayer of committment to God that says; 'I am no longer my own but yours, Your will, not mine, be done in all things, wherever you may place me, in all that I do ....I willingly offer all I have and am to serve you, as and where you choose.' I wonder if Jesus really was as calm as the stories in the Gospels would have us believe, or was he, like most of us, terrified of what will be required of us?