It is surprising that Jesus ever got to Golgotha to be crucified.. falling so early on the long walk to the place of execution. The burden of sin that he carries on our behalf is shown by the many crosses and darkness in the picture. It is so easy to think God is distant and doesn’t understand our problems in life, but the journey to the cross was real, painful, exhausting and Jesus chose to do this voluntarily – as God he could have avoided it… but he didn’t. That is how much he loves us.
St. Paul tells us that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance produces character and character produces hope and hope does not disappoint us because God’s love has been poured into our hearts. (Romans 5:3b-5a)
Consider this ‘Are we prepared to persevere even when the going gets tough?’ Jesus did and as Christians we promised to follow him.