Thursday, March 28, 2013

(Not) Stopped at a Green Light

Today, I drove home after a busy day of preparations for Good Friday and Easter Sunday services. Near my house, I came to a traffic light where I had to make a turn. I sat at the light, patiently waiting for it to turn green.

Finally, I realized that other vehicles were moving……and I was still sitting there. I was waiting for the signal to go when all the while, the light was already green. How silly of me, to be stopped at a green light.

How glad I am that Another did not allow Himself to sit there stopped at His own green light.


More than two thousand years ago, a Man knelt in a garden, wrestling with the reality of the sacrifice He was about to make. He had chosen to travel this road. He knew the time of suffering was coming. He knew that unless He took that road, you and I would be lost forever. And He knew that He loved you and me so much that He would make the ultimate sacrifice to win us back.

All these things, He knew. Knowing these things did not make it easy. So He knelt in the garden of Gethsemane and anguished over what was to come.
He knelt at the crossroads of history.
The light was green.

His Father said “Go”.
And so the Man stood and set His face toward the cross.
For you….for me.


  1. Amen. Thank you for this, it is a poignant reminder of the choice that Jesus made for us. I wonder, am I doing all I can to honor that choice?

    1. I often wonder that, too. It seems anything I do is so small and insignificant compared to what He did for me. Thankfully, Jesus doesn't ask us to DO anything to repay Him. He just asks us to trust Him...and depend on Him for the strength and wisdom to live for Him.


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