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Although no one recorded or speculated about Jesus' words on this subject, as they did and recorded in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross, the thoughts could have been a bargaining or an argument about why couldn't he be laid to rest and remembered like Moses - job well done - or taken in a heavenly whirlwind like Elijah - now that would be a grand departure! But the cross? Why the cross, the shame, the undeniable disgrace and abandonment? I'm afraid that personally the solution still escapes me no matter how many times I hear, read, or am told the reasons.
I know the story, I have faith, I try to demonstrate it in my life........contemplating Jesus' life, his teaching, his death - the death thing is so gruesome - I mean the Resurrection - can't we just concentrate on the Resurrection? What do you think about the journey, about the end, about the Cross, about the Resurrection? Do you think there could have been a less gruesome story leading up to the Resurrection that would have still yielded us a sacred and holy God to love, live by and worship?