The pursuit of happiness and fulfillment in this life is sometimes a dead end. We desire a life without pain or suffering, but it is unavoidable when following the way of Jesus. Often the church teaches a Jesus who would rather make us happy, than stand with us in the storms of life. In his life and ministry, Jesus was willing to endure so much in order to reintroduce the people of Israel to the true God of their ancestors. What are we willing to do in order to receive, and accept, such a message?