I cannot get away from Jesus' words in Luke 24:49--"I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you." It is really easy to just slide right past that. But listen to it this way: I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon YOU." Or how about "...upon YOU!!!!" Did you catch it. It is not Jesus shouting. It is our finally listening! We need to read His word more often and pick up on lines like this where our Lord does not suggest but says very clearly that God the Father has chosen to reveal His Son, Jesus, through His Word, the Scriptures and through His word as it is personified in our lives. Live truth. Be His witness. Share the promises. I am motivated...you?
Monday, April 9, 2012
I do not intend to infer that I am unfeeling or lack compassion, but have you ever heard someone say that they had a bad week? How about you? Remember the last time you completed a week and reflected, “I don’t want to ever live another week like that one!” Jesus' week of the Passion puts that in perspective. You can read about it in the gospels (Matthew 26-27; Mark 14-15; Luke 22-23; John 13, 18-19). Within a week, many were plotting seriously Jesus’ death, some of His disciples argued against the lavish worship Mary offered to Jesus, Judas, a friend, betrayed Him, James, Peter and John fell asleep when He asked them to come pray with Him, the eleven deserted Him and Peter denied Him, the Father kept resolute to the plan through His Son’s agony in the garden, Jesus submitted His will to the Father and sealed His destined purpose, He was betrayed by a kiss, arrested by a mob, He faced the Jewish Sanhedrin with little defense, Judas, a betraying friend ended his own life, He was tried before Pilate and silent before Herod, His life was traded for a murderer’s release, He was mocked, beaten and crucified, His clothes were sold, His Father turned away from Him and He died. All in one week’s time!
The next time I am tempted to sigh away a terrible week, I hope I will recall these seven days in the life of my Lord and Savior. Why would anyone voluntarily endure such as described here? The Bible simply answers because of His great love for us!