Friday, March 29, 2013

A Servant Leader Even on Good Friday

Luke 22:22

22"For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? I am among you as one who serves."

As we celebrate our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, it is important to know that He spent His earthly ministry as a servant leader. He is of royalty and deserved to be treated as the king He is, especially knowing that He was alongside our heavenly Father during the creation of the world in Genesis. still, a man who thought of serving. If anyone wants to be a leader, they need look no further than Jesus to be their mentor and guide. He is the ultimate example of leadership. Follow Jesus like the disciples that the studied the words from His mouth and walked where He told them to walk. And what happened? They became leaders did they not? The scripture above was said to the disciples during the last supper. A man who was about to meet His death on today, this Good Friday, still thinking of serving not of saving himself. It is a Good Friday, and the best Friday that ever existed!!!  Without the words from John 19:30 "It is finished," with that he bowed his head and gave up his spirit, we would pay the full price for our sins. Without Him giving up His spirit, we would not have direct access to our heavenly Father. Without Him giving up His spirit, He could not send us the Holy Spirit to dwell on the inside of us, guide us, comfort us, teach and convict us. Without out Hm giving up His spirit, there would be no battle over death and a resurrection for us to have eternal life.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Get it Done

Luke 22:8

8Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and make preparations for us to the Passover."

The Word says Satan had already entered Judas and he had agreed to betray Jesus. Most importantly, Jesus already knew. So He sent the ones He could trust more to make preparations for the Last Supper or Passover meal. Jesus gave instructions to Peter and John on where to go and who to talk to but did not mention names. Hmmm. Peter and John did find everything just as Jesus said. A moment of increase of faith for them. It would not be long before Jesus would be arrested on this the Holy Week. Several things in operation. One, the NIV Study Bible brought up something. Satan easily entered Judas because of his lack of commitment to Jesus. He was never "sold out" on Jesus. Even after all Jesus had done for him. Whenever Judas is mentioned in scripture, he seems to be preoccupied with how much something would cost the disciples or wasting something that could be sold. Hmmm. And what was it that he gave Jesus up for? Money. Meanwhile, the NIV Bible also states that Jesus did not reveal in advance where they were going for Passover so Judas couldn't report where they were. You cannot just let the enemy know your plans. Letting your plans be openly known to the enemy may give him the opportunity to try to intercept. Jesus had to carry out the last pieces of our Heavenly Father's agenda. He had to get it done. And to do so meant He could not reveal everything to the group because one in the group could not be trusted. There may be someone among you who is not sold out in your friendship, your goals or frankly, just you. And like Judas, lack of commitment to Jesus, to your friendship, or even what you are doing and that person's own inner preoccupation can be the entry point for the enemy to take over. Even Jesus knew how to go under the radar.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

God Looks at Us

Psalm 53:2

God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.

As the NIV Study Bible states, the psalmist wrote the 53 psalm to be used in the time of affliction. It is to be used in the time when many mock God. Our Father in heaven earnestly looks at us and our relationships. Is there anyone who understands that they can not do anything worthwhile without God? Is there any one who understands that doing evil to one surely will not be missed by the one who sees all? No one has been perfect in the area of which God speaks. Everyone can use a moral upgrade. Some more than others. But when the intent is to harm God's people, the one doing the harm will always be in fear mode. They will always look over their shoulder even when there is no threat. Falling victim to this type of fear, as the notes in the NIV Study Bible states, is a curse from God. Again, God looks at us and our relationships. Is each person just or thoughtful in how they treat one another?

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

What Have You Obviously Missed?

John 7:41-42

41Others said, "He is the Christ." Still others asked, "How can the Christ come from Galilee? 42Does not scripture say that the Christ will come from David's family and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?"

There were many questions about Jesus' origin. As you may have read in scripture the questions some asked were indeed answered in the history of His birth. But at the time, the history and prophesies fulfilled seemed far fetched to many. The obvious really would've been obvious if just one question was asked and to the one it needed to be asked of. Both Mary and Joseph were of the family line of David. That is why they had to go to Bethlehem during the time of the census. Mary went into labor and had Jesus in Bethlehem. So if only the right questions were asked, the identity of who the doubters were in the presence of may have been resolved.

Is the obvious really obvious in your life? Has Jesus made something so plain that you have missed it because there was one question you missed? We are in Holy week. The last week of Jesus' earthly ministry. There was so much during that week that was made obvious that it was missed by some until after Christ had been glorified. The Christ was in their presence all along and many missed it. What has Jesus shown you that you obviously missed?

Monday, March 25, 2013

It Must Go Forth

Isaiah 66:9

9Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery? says the Lord. "Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?" says your God.

The prophet Isaiah spoke by the Lord's command on the judgement surrounding the enemies who would not properly honor God but also talked of hope for Jerusalem. The Lord often made analogies to Israel as a woman or a woman's journey. Here God uses the analogy of a woman giving birth. There is no way that God will bring a baby to the birth canal and not open the canal for the baby to come through. There is no way that God will have a baby develop for nine months and it not be birthed. The birthing process must go forth. It must be completed. The birthing process isn't just for literally having a baby. God gives conception of ideas, ministries, etc through those He chooses. And there is a process of development. That development of the idea, etc must come to its full term before God can release it through a person. And He will not get you all the way through the process just for it not to pass through the canal. It must go forth. The pain is temporary. Once whatever it is God wants to come through has come, there will be joy and celebration. Do not fret, it must go forth.

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