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It was time to complete the mission. Make no mistake, Jesus did not take his sacrifice lightly, but, he knew this was his reason for coming. He had given the world a true picture of God and his response to sin, religious pride and life’s day to day struggles. He performed miracles to a point that no one truly could question his power was not his own. He taught the people that followed him the truth about His Father and how to live in this world—But now, he had to show the world the measure of his love for men and the courage to complete the mission.

Jesus was courageous from the start. He gave up everything and became nothing, so that we could be redeemed. When we study his life, it is important to remember that the courage he showed that Passover week was the same courage he showed all through his ministry. Courage is often highlighted in an event, but it is built in a lifetime. Jesus showed us that he was courageous all through his walk on earth—it just became apparent as he turned himself over to the guards.

In our lives, we have the ability to trust him and show the same courage. It is often highlighted in crisis, but it happens each day as we face the world and walk humbly in his shadow. Generosity, kindness, honor and tenacity are all signs of courage. We are called to be strong and courageous—and, in these times, we will be given opportunity to show our willingness to follow the call. For today, pray, follow him and trust him to do all he has for you. Show true courage, just as he did

God Bless You

When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it.Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons. Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.

“I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they said. Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.” 10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)

11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”