From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. Matthew 16:21 (English Standard Version)
Each of us were placed on Earth with a mission. Some of us discover that mission early in life and get a jump on things. Others-like yours truly-find out later after going through life’s trials and errors. It may just affect those closest to you in your corner of the world; it may affect the whole world. Whatever it it, God placed in each of us a mission each and every one of us can only fulfill ourselves.
We’re coming up to Holy Week; with this Sunday being Palm Sunday. Lent is winding down. When we read the Gospels, we see Jesus’ ministry-his time on Earth-all leading up to this very time. It’s this time (commemorated during Holy Week) we see Jesus entering Jerusalem, the last teachings he gives to the people, the Last Supper, the prayer in Gethsemane, the arrest, the trial, the crucifixion, the burial, and the resurrection. All of Jesus’ sermons, healing, interactions, etc all point to this week. This was Jesus’ mission. In fact, the post’s Scripture text tells us that Jesus told his disciples that he “must go to Jerusalem” and fulfill his mission.
What is your mission? What did God place in you when He/She introduced you to the Universe? Many of us have an idea of what our mission is; or have allowed others to tell us what our mission is (what they think it should be). However, I believe we really don’t know. And until we know, we’ll be playing our lives as a giant guessing game that would waste our time and energy. As we prepare for Holy Week, we need to take a fresh look at Jesus’ mission and his dedication to it. We need to “to to Jerusalem” ourselves-dedicated to where God wants us. Even if it’s a lonely road, like with Jesus, we still must discover our mission.
And when we discover our mission, we too can live fully as Jesus did-to the very end.
Grace and Peace.