April 14, 2011
Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against Him, how they might destroy Him. Matthew 12:14
Here's a question for you fellas out there who have a daughter: Is there any man in the world who is good enough to be her husband? I know your answer already. The only question is how long did it take you to give that answer?
That maybe explains why we have kind of a sick smile on our faces when the minister asks, "Who gives this woman to be married to this man?" We say, "Her mother and I do," but we really want to say, "Me and my baby girl are outta here. I've been against this wedding from the beginning."
Of course, we're usually the only folks who feel that way.
Not so for Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Threatening to disrupt their wedding are terrorists and anarchists and anti-monarchists along with a whole gaggle of other protesters.
Poor kids. They've got too many groups against them.
This is pretty much the way Jesus must have felt when He was here on earth. In the text above it was the Pharisees who were trying to kill Him. Look in other passages and you will find the Sadducees were after Him, as were the Herodians, as were the ...
So many groups were plotting His murder. They need not have bothered. Even before He was born He was headed to the cross. Before He ever took His first nap in that Bethlehem manger, He was set on the path that would end at Golgotha.
Amazingly, even though He knew where His path was going, even though He fully knew what He would have to endure, Jesus continued on.
And He did so carrying our sins.
It was His Father's will and wish. It was the fulfillment of the plan that would cleanse us of our sins and open the doors of heaven to all who believe.
Yes, Jesus continued on and I am thankful He finished His work on the cross and showed us His Resurrection Day victory.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord and Heavenly Father, I pray You will watch over the young royals and all those who will soon be married. Be with all of us and allow us to stand firm in the faith. This I ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries