I stood at the top of Palm Sunday Road. My heart pounded in my chest. Was I really about to walk down the very same road Jesus took thousands of years ago? I wanted to pinch myself.
I clapped like a school girl. “This is so exciting,” I said to my sister Sue.
“But our guide warned us to take it slow. The road is treacherous.”
“But it doesn’t look steep.”
“Let’s trust him. He’s been here before,” Sue said.
I nodded and we inched our way down Palm Sunday Road.
Yup, looks can be deceiving. Our guide was right. The road was not only steep, but took a curve in it at one point.
A commotion behind us made us stop in our tracks. One of the members of our tour group had stumbled and fallen. The others had helped her up. She was okay, but wouldn’t be walking quickly any time soon.
“Oh my,” Sue said.
“I’m so glad we wore our sneakers,” I said. We continued on.
When we reached the bottom we were rewarded by the beautiful sight of the Garden of Gethsemane.
We walked through the gate and immediately peace and tranquility filled the air. Birds sang from the olive trees. The leaves rustled in the wind. No wonder Jesus came here to pray.
Sue and I were glad we trusted our guide. Even though the road was steep, the view at the end made it all worth it!
Have you ever started down a path and realized it was too treacherous? You wanted to give up, turn around, and run?
You hit yourself on the forehead and said, “What was I thinking?”
The road looked easy. You were full of excitement and couldn’t wait to get going. Then before you knew it, your path became dark and steep. You felt yourself falling.
How do you think Jesus felt as He started down the road into Jerusalem? The crowd shouted “Hosanna!” and threw palm branches in His path. A tribute fit for a King.
But, He knew. His road would take on the deepest kind of evil. The steepest incline no one had ever taken. But, He kept going. He knew what was at stake.
His children—you, me.
And, He trusted His Guide. With His whole heart.
What if Jesus had never taken that road? Well, I think we all know the answer to that one. Because of Him, we’re free!
Is there a road you need to take? Maybe you’re already scared of it. That’s okay. Your Guide will walk ahead, behind, and beside you. Every step of the way.
Come on, get going. The journey will be worth it!
John 12:12-13 (NLT)
The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!”
Garden of Gethsemane