Jesus is an incredible example to all of us who are trying to obey God and live a life that is pleasing to him. He did everything right, even when it was incredibly, unbelievably hard to do so. He kept his eyes on God and his hands to his purpose, which was ultimately to bring glory to God the Father. When contemplating the way he was going to die, Jesus says in John 12:27-28:
“Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this very reason I came to this hour. Father glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
Jesus knew that he was going to face a horrific death, and like any man, it weighed heavily on him. But he knew that even facing one of the worst scenarios any human could contemplate, that his goal was to obey. His goal was to bring glory to God. As much as Jesus might’ve wanted to have God save him from his fate, he knew that it was much more important to obey God and glorify his name. I encourage you to keep this in mind during your life struggles as well. You may not be facing a horrific death, but God may have called you to do something really difficult. Remember what Jesus did. He obeyed God and God was glorified because of it. We should strive to do the same.
Jesus behaved perfectly on this earth, but he didn’t have it easy. His destiny was to die for us, even though he was innocent. And not a quick death; a slow and painful one. A humiliating death on the cross, on display for everyone to see. He knew his destiny, and as hard as it was for him to fulfill, he willingly did it. He obeyed God and brought glory to his name. Our purpose is similar. Our goal should also be to bring glory to God’s name. Thankfully, most of us are not called to die for the cause of Christ, but every one of us are called to live for him. So I encourage you, obey God and bring glory to his name, even when you may be called to do something difficult.