"And He bearing His cross went forth into a place called the place of the skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha" (John 19:17)
Although Jesus took one long walk with the cross on His back. For three years, he walked with the cross on His mind. Everything He did, I believe he did with the cross on His mind. As God was preparing Him for the day He would walk with the cross on His back, He was preparing people for that day.
As he had dinner with old friends and had dinner with new friends, He was preparing them for the day the cross would be on His back. For the day when the full knowledge of God’s love for them would be actualized for all, but only realized by some. As He taught the crowds, He knew that some would believe then and others after the crucifixion. As He dialogued and entertained the questions of the priests and scribes and Pharisees, He knew that after the crucifixion, these questions would have little value.
With the cross on His mind, He could look at everyone with love because He knew that what He was about to go through would make them His brothers and sisters.
As we go through our daily lives, I pray we can walk with the cross on our minds. That we can have dinner with old friends and new friends and actually care that they know about the cross. That as we dialogue with those who don’t agree with us, we can look at them lovingly, all the while praying that they would come to know God’s love through the life of Jesus Christ. I pray that as we continue lifes journey that the cross would overshadow all that is on our minds and hearts and cause us to act differently and treat each other differently.