Give glory to God for a table to assemble around, as Jesus assembled his disciples, to remember the blood of the covenant; for a garden in which to pour out concerns and desire to do the Father’s will; for a fire that tests the commitment of a man to the Lord; for a pan of water for washing hands, that shows man’s true guilt; for a cross, on which forgiveness was purchased at the cost of the suffering of the Son of God!

DiscipleshipDuring his ministry, Jesus found people to call as disciples. In the parable of the banquet, the servants were sent to go out in the streets “and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet” (Matthew 22:9, 10 NET).

Jesus also told, shortly before his death, the parable of the good and bad servants, and pronounced this blessing, “Blessed is that slave whom the master finds at work when he comes” (Matthew 24:46).

But when the moment came to carry Jesus’ cross, no one among his followers is found.

As they were going out, they found a man from Cyrene named Simon, whom they forced to carry his cross.
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Jesus ended historyWhen the Soviet Union fell, a historian of limited vision, unable to see any significant movement beyond the Cold War, wrote a book declaring the end of history. He almost got it right.

Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out.
John 12:31 NET

The hub of history is the Cross of Christ. The “now” was Jesus’ crucifixion. Everything before that moment moved in its direction. Everything after it looks back to it.

The ruler of this world, Satan, has been deposed. He still hoots and hollers, still wins followers, but he is finished.

He and his have already received the sentence.

So in a way, history has ended. The King has assumed the throne and from it reigns. What remains now is to put ourselves under his Lordship and call everyone to come running to his protection.

For the world has been judged.