By Linda Veath
Lent, contrary to popular opinion, is not just about “giving something up.” Lent is a time for focusing on what Christ did during Holy Week to save us from our sins.
As Passover approached, Jesus set His face determinedly toward Jerusalem. Not only to celebrate Passover but to give Himself as our Passover Lamb.
And (Jesus) said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” ~ Luke 9:22 NIV
Jesus was fully aware of God’s plan and what it would cost Him. And He chose to go anyway.
Still, on the night of His betrayal, Jesus prayed fervently in the garden, asking His Father if there was another way. God’s silence was the answer, and Jesus chose to do His Father’s will. He could have called twelve legions of angels to come to His rescue, but Jesus chose to be betrayed and arrested. He chose to endure a crown of thorns, knowing He would be spit upon, mocked, and beaten.