The last fifteen hours of Jesus’ life begins with Judas, the temple guards, and the Roman soldiers entering the garden under a full moon with torches, lanterns, and weapons. They are looking for Jesus, whom they expect to find receding in the shadows. But to their surprise, Jesus doesn’t recede into the shadows. He willingly confronts them. Jesus recognizes that in order for redemption to take place, He must step forward into the tension. All throughout history, when iconic moments of redemption, deliverance, change, or significant impact happened, it was because someone chose not to recede into the shadows, but willingly stepped forward into the tension. In order for us to experience redemption this Lenton season, we must be willing to do the same!
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