“Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid.” Mark 10:32
If you were to search through the photos of me on my Facebook page you would find one of me jumping off of a thirty foot rocky out cropping into a lake. What the picture fails to capture are the several minutes it took me to scrape together the nerve to to make the thrilling but completely harmless leap.
I’ve always had this fear of jumping from high places. When I was just a child three or four feet were all that was required to qualify has high. Since I became a teenager the distance has increased to ten or twelve feet. And it’s not that I’m afraid something bad will happen. I know it’s completely safe. But overcoming the instinct to keep myself some place where I’m completely in control and jump takes a great deal of nerve.
Jesus has already told his disciples that he will be arrested and killed and after three days he will raise from the grave when he goes to Jerusalem. All of this seems to be incomprehensible to them but they know the Jewish leaders hate him so they fear to go anywhere near Jerusalem.
But Jesus is leading and fearful or not they follow.
Do you understand where Jesus is leading you? As you follow him are you fearful?
There’s a lot of what Jesus has told us that’s difficult to understand. It’s understandable if you might be confused or uncertain. It’s also understandable if you might be feeling some fear as you look ahead down the road that you know will require limitless faith to traverse.
But will you, confusion and fear notwithstanding, like the disciples, also follow Jesus down this road? The disciples went because that was where Jesus was going. And where he went they followed. In the book of Revelation the remnant are described as those who follow the lamb wherever he goes. Will you be part of that final throng of Jesus disciples? Will you follow?