Can you remember when one week felt like an eternity? Maybe that’s age 5 until about 10?
I remember when our boys were younger, old enough to voice their desires. I would choose not to tell them in the morning if I had an activity planned for them in the afternoon because the minutes would just not go fast enough.
Oh, if we could all yearn for Jesus that way, where each minute our thirst drew us straight to His well. Without hesitation, we drink of His living water, imbibe the soul-lacing peace and strength.
Most times we find ourselves crawling to His feet because we are bound by ball and chain. We scratch and claw, glancing behind us, seeing the burden, we doubt we can even make it.
Oh Lord, I am a lost cause. I can’t get it together. I have this … this thing. I can’t let it go. I can’t look past. Lord, I just can’t.
As we get one day closer to Good Friday, I encourage you to meditate on the suffering Jesus endured. It was not just His death on the cross … it was the opposition from the Roman empire, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the greedy takers of His healing without honoring Him as Lord. It was the slimy, salty spit in His face, the stripping of almost all His clothes. It was the mocking. The devil ever-lurking to tempt Jesus to sin.
Jesus knows you are carrying something heavy.
Jesus doesn’t need you to crawl to Him.
He will meet you there, right where you are.
Without hesitation, Jesus will lift the burden and place it on His back.
All He asks is that you stay with Him … in Him … as He walks to Calvary.
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow; in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:8-11).
Whoa! I have to say since I switched my heart’s focus to Jesus and the coming Holy Week, I have felt so much closer to Him. I am still praying like a warrior for many things, but Jesus … He deserves all our praise and honor … not just at Easter but every stinkin day.
Join me tomorrow Friday April 3rd at 10a – 10:30a Eastern time to dive deeper into the Gospel of John. If you want to join, read John 18:15-40. We will focus our discussion on Verse 34-40. You just have to go to Facebook.com/jdibble4Him. We will end our time with a 5-10 minute meditation on the character of Jesus. Looking forward to “seeing” you!
Feel free to begin a conversation here or email me directly at email@example.com.
Photos in this post are all mine. Obviously, you see our boys. The three pictures: the fountain and the two birdhouses were taken at pleasantviewfarmbb.com, a beautiful bed and breakfast and event venue. Jason and I have stayed there many times over the years. How Great Thou Art photo I took in Baltimore while I was sight-seeing.
Finally, if you are looking for a traditional church service online that includes praise music and a pastor’s message, join us Sunday at 10:45a Eastern time. Go to the website: ncfcog.online.church. No Facebook is needed.
As always, en-JOY the rest of this given day.