Glory Seed Devotional’s 2018 Experiencing Jesus, the Prelude to Life
Easter in the rearview mirror…
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
With Easter 2018 now in the history books let’s take the time and get quiet and reflect not only on Easter 2018 but our lives as well. We’ll remember and experience the best of times and the worst of times and everything in between. Of all the scenes we’ll experience do not miss the one where Jesus is saying, “Because I Loved you so much I gave my life for your salvation!”
I often think about our concept of a suffering experienced in the Light of Jesus as becoming a Blessing. If that is the case, then did Jesus really suffer on our behalf, or was He sitting us up for a Blessing. I am not suggesting the biblical accounts of the emotional, mental, and physical pain He experienced is somehow wrong, that he never experienced them. What I am suggesting is there are times when suffering does is somehow mysteriously at the Hands of God become a Blessing. I am also suggesting because of Jesus’ unconditional Love for us He embraced them like ships in high seas heading into the wind. The bible reports this way…
"Listen," He said, "we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence Him to die. Then they will hand Him over to the Romans to be mocked, flogged with a whip, and crucified. But on the third day He will be raised from the dead." (Matthew 20:18-19)
Jesus knew what was going to happen to Him, He knew the agony, the pain, and humiliation He would experience but unlike Jonah Jesus said, “We’re going up to Jerusalem!” As we reflect on our lives we’ll discover during those “dark and stormy nights” when we suffered pain of some sort were Blessings. I remember while battling Myasthenia Gravis an elderly man stood in a worship service and asked God to heal me, immediately I prayed in return, “Not now God, please I am growing spiritually.” It would be years later before it went into remission.
There is one word I associate with the Passion Week, a word we are taught and encouraged to never do and that is surrender. Jesus surrendered His life not only for us but also to us. Jesus ENDURED the emotional, mental, and physical pain associated with His death on the Cross that we might have life and have it abundantly.
Father God, into Your Hands I entrust my spirit!
Grace and PEACE,
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