If your team doesn't make the championship game, you might still watch, albeit with a large helping of "I don't really care" on your plate of nachos. Jesus lays it out pretty strongly that when it comes to him, we don't have the luxury of that option.
Jesus is about 30 years old, and ready to begin his ministry. The question is: Does he really know what he is here to do? Has he understood what his mission will be? The phrase "time will tell" isn't going to be helpful. Like a good teacher tests her pupils to learn what they know, Jesus gets a test to see what he knows about the mission.
As the story of Esther comes to a close, it leaves us with a celebration and a choice to make.
Sometimes it appears that evil gets to have a field day, while those who are trying to do what's right get trampled. Is it worth the effort to be a Christian?
Jesus sat down with his disciples and took the time to help them understand what prayer is and isn't, and what God is looking for. Hint: It's keeping the big picture in mind as you pray.