Jesus knew He had to go into the wilderness for 40 days.
He knew He would be hungry and dared and tempted and tried.
He knew He would have a need to be baptized of John.
He knew the people would run out of wine at the wedding feast and His mother would expect Him to do something about it.
He knew how many times, in spite of what they had seen; His disciples would doubt Who He said He was.
He knew He would meet a woman at the well who not only had five men, but the one she was living with was not her husband.
He knew the woman who was caught in adultery and that no one would be able to throw the first stone. (He also knew the man that was with her).
He knew how many times the Pharisees and Sadducees would challenge Him and question His authority.
He knew that Zaccheus would climb into a Sycamore tree to try and see Him, and that He would later eat at His house.
He knew that Mary would wash His feet with her hair.
He knew that His disciples would fall asleep even though He asked them to watch and pray.
He knew that Judas would come and betray Him with a kiss.
He knew that people would love Him one day, waving palms and shouting Hosanna and then yell out, “Crucify Him, Crucify Him” the next.
He knew Peter would deny Him, not once, not twice, but three times and He knew how bad Peter would feel after doing so, which is why He told him three times, to “feed My sheep.”’
He knew He would get spit on, mocked, beaten, bruised, scourged and hung.
He knew He would be pierced in His side and left to die on a rugged cross
He knew He had to die.
But He did it anyway.
Because Jesus knew we needed to be free.
He knew that we would need peace.
He knew that we would need joy; the world could not give us.
He knew we needed to know that by His stripes we have been healed.
He knew that we needed hope.
He knew that we needed to know forgiveness.
That we needed His mercy, His grace and His power
That we needed to experience His love.
Jesus knew that we needed a way to His Father.
And He stretched out His arms and died
Because He knew.
A servant of the Lord,