Lord, help me live with joy today confident that you will take care of tomorrow.
Coronavirus, You and Jesus
Day 3- “Watch Out!” for…
“Watch out!” Jesus gives an emphatic warning as he teaches his disciples on the way to Jerusalem.
Watch out for what, Jesus?
Read: Psalm 23:6
David has had quite a life by the time he wrote Psalm 23. He states that “goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”. What David? Do you not remember all the hardship, betrayals, your own sin with it’s painful consequences? How can David say that goodness and mercy SHALL follow him all the days of his life? He can make such a bold statement because he knows the presence of God. He knows that it was due to the presence of God in his life that he was not utterly destroyed. Yes, he was knocked down but the Lord picked him up. Why? Not because of who David was but because of who God is. God is goodness and mercy and it is his presence in David’s life that preserves him. David further goes on with godly confidence to say that he will dwell with the Lord forever. Once his earthly ministry is finished, God is still not done with him. He will dwell with his precious Lord and Savior into all eternity.
God was David’s dwelling place because David knew that no matter the obstacle, sin or enemy, he could run to God for refuge and strength to overcome. You have the same dwelling place. Jesus promised his presence will be with you always. You can always turn to him in any situation.
You will dwell with Jesus forever, into eternity, because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for you.
God never leaves your presence but you can get distracted and forget you are in his presence. How can you maintain a remembrance of God’s presence? Bible reading, prayer and fellowship with other believers is the best place to start. May you dwell in the house of the Lord forever!
Easter Series- Confronting Jesus
Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:28-30 (NIV)
Seven is the number of perfection in the Bible and the number of the sayings of as he hung on the cross for the sin of the world.
Jesus’ sixth saying was “It is finished.” This is the final saying recorded in the book of John. Luke’s Gospel includes the 7th- “Into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Luke 23:46.
A form of the word “finished” is repeated three times. “Finished” in verse 28 is exactly the same Greek word as verse 30. “Fulfilled” in verse 28 is a different word from verses 28 and 30 but from the same root meaning to complete or accomplish.
Importantly for us today, the verb tense of the word “finished” in Greek means “continuous”. It was finished then and it is still finished now. The meaning of “finished’ is more than “survived”. Jesus was victorious in accomplishing what he set out to do.
What Did Jesus Mean?
What did Jesus accomplish that he set out to do? The will of his father. Jesus demonstrated for us how to rightly focus our actions. Our greatest desire, our strongest hunger, should be to do the will of our Heavenly Father. (John 4:34)
In what ways did Jesus do the will of his Father?
If you want to be saved from the bondage of sin and forgiven, look to the cross. Jesus did it all. Jesus paid it all. There is nothing left for you to do but believe.
Won’t you believe in Jesus and all he did for you today?
Each of us have the opportunity each day repent before God. God’s mercies are new every morning. We humble ourselves by admitting that God is God and we are not.
God’s forgiveness is just a prayer away.
Is it hard to find the strength to go on? David, writer of this Psalm had times he felt that way. He learned that sometimes you have to wait on the Lord, putting all your hope in him. Because of the Lord, you don’t need to fear but wait courageously for him to deliver you.
Thank you, Lord, for being our anchor of hope, the one who allows us to run and not get weary. Help us to wait on you.
Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. John 13:14
Jesus spoke to his followers after he humbled himself to serve them. The washing of feet was a source of refreshing and relaxation. What had his followers been doing? Sharing the Good News, the Gospel, all around the region as commanded by Jesus. This was hard, physical work, walking from town to town on dusty roads wearing sandals. It was emotionally challenging as many refused to hear the message of truth and grace. The Twelve needed rest and encouragement. What better encouragement than to have your Master and teacher acknowledge your hard work and care for you?
Followers of Jesus today are likewise commanded to share the Gospel and make disciples. It’s still hard work.
Plan how you will intentionally minister to your brothers and sisters in Christ who work hard to teach and preach Jesus.
Won’t you humble yourself and serve, offering refreshing and encouragement to your fellow laborers for the Lord?
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 (NIV)
The Desire to be Filled
Are you looking for fulfillment? Have you tried everything that is supposed to help you? You’ve heard you need more self-care, more good works to others, better relationships, less responsibility and stress.
So you’ve tried relaxing more, giving more, loving more and leaving more behind. But still, that sense of fulfilled contentment is elusive.
An Answer for You
I have good news for you! You need only one thing to satisfy the thirst and hunger that is driving you. It is the righteousness that is found only by believing in Jesus Christ and his loving sacrifice for you.
By desiring Jesus and his righteousness above all things, you will receive all the other things you need for long-term, deeply satisfying fulfillment. You will have the peace that passes all understanding in every circumstance.
You will be filled with hope that comes from believing. You will have the joy of the Lord. He will give you supernatural love for his people.
What You Gain
No, you will not wake up with a Pinterest-perfect life. But guess what? God knows that will make you filled. However, you will live life abundantly, filled with living water that flows from you.
You will have the privilege of eternal life with Jesus.
You will be filled with everything that matters.
Thank you God, for filling my need for righteousness through your Son, Jesus. Amen.