Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
Station 9 – Jesus falls a third time…
“I pause to contemplate him there on the ground. The brokenness that makes me whole. The surrender that gives me life. I pause to experience and receive how completely he loves me. He is indeed completely poured out for me. As I treasure this gifted experience, I express what is in my heart.”**
For the first time on his final walk in his life I don’t want to reach down and help Jesus up. I don’t want to help carry his cross. I just want to lie down beside him and shield him from the blows that are sure to some. I want to tell him how much I love him. I want to tell him how much I need him. I really don’t know who feels the others pain more Jesus or me, or me or Jesus. It has to be Jesus of course because there’s no way I could ever experience the full impact Jesus.
I don’t know about you but I’ve “fallen” so many times in my life I’ve lost track of them. All I can remember of them is falling and asking for Jesus’ help not the mechanics of the fall. But then maybe that’s what Jesus’ life was all about, maybe when he went to the cross for us we not only received forgiveness for our “fallen-ness” but he cleared our memories as well.
As much as I want to lie motionless on the ground with Jesus, I can’t because Jesus won’t. Of all the things I will take away from Lent/Easter 2016 is: never stop moving forward, never stop hoping, never stop loving. I said this before and I’ll keep saying it: the real symbol of Easter isn’t the cross it’s the empty tomb. When Jesus headed from Jerusalem for the last time his plans were the cross, but with every step Jesus’ took God had a better plan – the empty tomb. I am so glad I’ve made this journey with Jesus and with you, but it ain’t over yet! The best is yet to come!
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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