Good or Best?
In less than a week we will celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus our Lord.
As I think about that final week of His life, the cross fast approaching, I wonder what it would have been like to walk with Him during this final week on earth?
Had I walked with Him along with the disciples for three short years, witnessing the miracles, the compassion, the calming of storms, the loaves and fishes, would it have been hard for me to grasp along with Peter, John and the rest “it is better for you that I go”? Would I have questioned what He was about to do? “Come on Jesus could it really get any better than this? Why would you change what you have going on? No Lord this will never happen to you….”
Would I have joined Peter and the others unable to grasp the plan that was unfolding? I think I would because even knowing what I know now, sometimes good seems like good enough and it is hard to consider what might be best.
Why? Our vision of best like the disciples is limited, we have little experience of what best looks like.
No question Jesus healing the sick, casting out demons, miracle after miracle, prompting John to write “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written” was good, very good.
But Jesus did not come for good, He came for best.
During His three years of earthly ministry, as He rode into Jerusalem, shared the final meal with his disciples, His purpose and mission was clear and never far from His thoughts.
” Then Jesus began to tell the disciples about what would happen to Him. He said He would have to go to Jerusalem. There the elders, chief priests, and scribes would meet Him; He would suffer at their hands; and He would be killed. But three days later, He would be raised to new life.” – Matthew 16:21
But the story does not end there. The best was yet to come. New life. Jesus first, many to follow. His resurrection, victory over death and grave changed everything.
For the woman at the well, for the woman caught in sin, for the leper, the demon possessed, for all the sick and oppressed that would come after, for you and for me, Jesus made good on this promise
I have come that you might have life, more and better than you could imagine.
Right here, right now!
Father God, as we celebrate Easter help us to remember the cross, to honor and celebrate the victory that was won through Your Son’s shed blood.
Help us to recognize the power of the resurrection that calls us to new life here and now, new life that will continue on into eternity. Help us not to settle only for good, temporary relief from the troubles of this world, Help us to seek out your best, not missing anything You desire for us. No matter what the cost.
Resurrection power that moves us further on and further in, to Your will and purpose, sons and daughters of the Most High.
In Jesus name, Amen