Wednesday, September 10, 2014
YOU are LOVED
Be poor and find true wealth.
Be weak and find God's strength.
Be humble and become known as noble.
Be harrassed and be truly glad for it.
Be tortured to death and live victoriously?
Am I willing to be Crucified in Christ? "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified." Then Jesus said to the group of clearly confused disciples --- they just did not get what He was saying until later. "I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But it it dies, it produces many seeds." The baffled brains of those listening were stumped by what the Messiash meant when He continued "The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life." --- Will I choose the love of Christ even when my flesh longs to be held? Will I choose to be transparent with the Holy Spirit and confess my pride, grief, fears, doubts? Am I willing to surrender ALL my goals, aspirations, dreams and hopes to the One who loves me as I am? Will I choose to sacrifice my time, sleep, food, getting my hair or nails done, or my popularity among peers to follow Jesus? "Whoever serves Me MUST follow Me; and where I am, My servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves Me. Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name! Then a VOICE came from heaven, I have glorified it, and will glorify it again. The crowd that was there ---and heard it--- said it had thundered; others said an angel has spoken to him. Jesus said 'This VOICE was for your benefit, not mine." John 12:23-30 Today we have the advantage of looking back into history with our ever present Counselor to give us understanding. But during the last suppper the disciples did not realize the full extent of what the death of Jesus meant for them, and for all future generations to come. Jesus knew the time had come for Him to leave the world so He gathered His disciples together to show them the full extent of His love. "He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him. ---When He had finished washing their feet, He put on His outer clothes and returned to His place. 'Do you understand what I have done for you? --- No servant is greater than his Master, nor is a messenger greater than the One who sent him." John 13:5-17 The ever doubting Thomas asked "Lord, we don't know where You are going, so how can we know the way? Jesus answered 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you really knew Me, you would know My Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him." John 14:6 Then Jesus spoke clearly that "ANYONE WHO HAS FAITH in ME will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these BECAUSE I am going to the Father." John 14:12-14. Then Jesus promises the Holy Spirit "If you love Me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever --- the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be "IN" you. I will not leave you as orphans;I will come to you. Before long the world will not see Me anyomre, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live. On that day you will realize that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you." John 14:15-21 Halleluiah Lord Jesus, thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to dwell in us forever and ever as we slip and slide and return to walk accoding to Your direction. AMEN