He Knew

Lois Cheney wrote: “ Who was Jesus? He was a very brave person. He knew what was coming. He walked up and into Jerusalem – just like that. A couple of nights before, He sat on a hill and looked and looked at that city. I expect He prayed, too. He saw the whole thing coming, and He walked right into it – just like that. And He did it. And He chose to do it. Of His own will.”

Holy Week. During these weeks of Lent, we have been preparing. But none of us understand the preparation required of Jesus. Luke 9:51 reads that Jesus resolutely set His face toward Jerusalem. He told His disciples what would happen when He got there. He made preparations for His entry, for His confrontations in the Temple courtyard, for the Passover meal, for the ordeal of the cross.

He knew. He knew what it would take. He knew the plan. He knew the cost. And He did it. And He chose to do it. Of His own will.

Open your Bible. Read of His passion. Follow the Gospel narrative captured by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. It was a week that changed everything. Roman might, Temple authority, Satanic power, the devastating reality of sin, evil, and death … all gather to confront Him, to oppose Him, to defeat Him.

He knew. He knew what it would take. He knew the plan. He knew the cost. And He did it. And He chose to do it. Of His own will.

Simply Jesus. Who was He? What did He do and say? What does it matter? Have you come up empty? You should. Empty manger, empty cross, empty tomb.

He didn’t come to prove anything. He didn’t need the world’s validation. He already had the authority He needed. He possessed the power He required.

He knew. He knew what it would take. He knew the plan. He knew the cost. And He did it. And He chose to do it. Of His own will.

We will make choices next week as to how we remember, how we observe, how we pray, how we repent, how we praise, and how we worship. Like our sister churches, we will offer many ways to mark Holy Week. Make good choices.

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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