Lenten Meditation by Roger Crook
We cannot look at anything in life—good or bad—in isolation. Everything that happens results from things that went before, and everything lays the foundation for things yet to come. Work, educational achievements, personal relationships, physical condition, political activity—everything is a part of a larger whole.
Jesus’ ministry was like that. His teaching, his attracting some disciples, his arousing of hostility from religious and political leaders all had a bearing upon each other. His way of life resulted in the rejection and the suffering about which he spoke to his disciples.
In the same way we see the resurrection. It was not an isolated event tacked on to his ministry. It was the culmination of that ministry, the logical conclusion to what he had said and done. Apart from his ministry the resurrection would be only a fanciful story. Without the resurrection his ministry would be only the heroic effort of a good man. But together, the ministry, rejection, suffering, death, and resurrection enter into our experience and transform our lives.
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