(He collapsed with his head on his arms)
There is a story in the Bible of a Man in the throws of a decision. He has gone to a garden with friends to pray. His friends are tired and sleeping, and this Man is praying alone. The Man is facing a life and death, heaven or hell decision. He is praying to God the Father, is there a way to avoid the sacrificial suffering and death that He was facing?
In the garden, He is on his knees rocking back and forth, fists clenched, heart broken and in pain. His hair is plastered to his face, his clothes are soaked with perspiration, groaning in anguished prayer to the point of death. This Man is God. This Man is Jesus. You need to know there was an hour that even Jesus could not stand to be alone.
His options are clear, He can avoid the cross and go to heaven without you. Or, He must literally go to hell for you. On the ground in the garden that night, I believe Jesus looked to the future and saw the gapping abyss of hopelessness for humanity. He saw every child who would face the desperation of being alone. Jesus’ decision took him to the cross. One scripture says that He was thinking of future believers during those horrific moments.
Today we celebrate the cross and resurrection. Jesus’ choice provides for all of us a choice today. Regardless of our pain or our past, because of the Cross; we can have hope. Ethen can choose hope! Every neglected, abandoned and abused child can have hope. Hope begins with the story of Jesus choosing the cross for us.
Thank you for your allowing us to tell the story to hurting children. We choose hope today!!