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Jesus Never Took the Easy Way Out

 It would have been a lot easier if He had just walked out. It’s okay to get angry, but knocking over those tables and spilling coins all over the floor was really bold. The Temple was supposed to be a house of prayer, but that day, there were doves and lambs and furious merchants everywhere. Even so, the Master stood His ground.

      That’s because Jesus never took the easy way out.

It would have been a lot easier if He had sent those people home to eat. It’s okay to be compassionate, but there must have been 5000 of them and only one little kid’s lunch to share. After days of healing and teaching them and answering all their questions, He couldn’t send them away hungry. So, tired as He was, the Teacher blessed the little they had and showed them a miracle they would never forget.

     That’s because Jesus never took the easy way out.

It would have been a lot easier if He had just told them to come back tomorrow. It’s okay to want to help a blind man or a stooped-over old woman or even a leper, but couldn’t it wait until after the Sabbath? Those temple big shots always got so upset. But He was more concerned with those who were in pain than with those who were in power. So, the Lord healed them whenever they came.

     That’s because Jesus never took the easy way out.

It would have been a lot easier if He had just answered Pilate’s question. It’s okay to be brave, but He could have performed a single miracle in front of that crowd and walked away a free man. Those people were out for blood, but the Christ kept silent.

     That’s because Jesus never took the easy way out.

It would have been a lot easier if He had just listened to the crowd. “Come down off that cross. Save yourself.” They never understood until it was finished, that God’s plan was for one incredibly bold, brave, helpful, compassionate man to sacrifice Himself for His people day after day and then, finally, to give up His life for them, and for all of us. The Savior always knew it was not going to be easy, but He saw it through. “It is finished,” He said with His last breath.

     And we should thank God every day that Jesus never took the easy way out.

KEEP READING

  • Cleansing of the Temple. John 2:13-22
  • Multiplication of the Loaves. John 6:1-15
  • Healing on the Sabbath. Luke 14:1-6 and Luke 13:10-17
  • Jesus Before Pilate. Mark 15:1-5
  • Jesus is Taunted. Mark 15:25-32

1 thought on “Jesus Never Took the Easy Way Out

  1. One of my favorites. ❤️🙏

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