Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 3, 2019
I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will. Acts 13:22, New King James Version
It was a hard week for Jesus and for His followers, that week before His crucifixion. Let’s look at a few of the responses of the heart surrounding the events surrounding Holy Week from the perspective of those closest to Him. Let Jesus meet you as you consider these scenes.
Disciples are not sure of what to think as they sense a stir during the parade into Jerusalem, yet it would be difficult for them to not see the fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy in front of their eyes. Staying grounded in the Word of God will help us stay grounded in times of uncertainty.
While in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asks his disciples 3 times to stay with Him as He prays. And 3 times they fall asleep. Although I am certain Jesus was disappointed in their lack of emotional support, He let it go. He understood their humanity and did not hold it against them. He ultimately entrusted them to the Father’s will and timing, knowing that the Holy Spirit was coming and would finish the good work in them. Being aware of what others are facing will grow compassion in us, allowing trust and release of the outcome into the Father’s hand.
Peter gave into his false self when he denied Jesus three times. He was more concerned about what other people said about him, turning away from his true identity as a beloved son of God. Peter was confronted by his weakness, one he had a hard time admitting. He couldn’t see his need for Jesus to wash his feet the night before and I wonder if he wished he would have received from Jesus more freely. Living in our true self means growing in awareness of what our hearts need to feel His love for us and then creating space to receive it.
Mary and the other women go to the tomb with spices, caring for Jesus’ dead body. They follow Him and want to be near Him even if He physically is not with them. Remaining constant in our affection for Jesus (and others) even when we don’t feel like it or when we have nothing to gain is the sign of a surrendered, faithful life.
Mary’s believing heart is in stark contrast to the disciple’s unbelief that Jesus is alive. We are all at different stages of growth on the journey. Supporting each other, being patient with each other, challenging each other and learning from each other are key aspects of community that keeps our hearts strong.
Thomas felt like an outsider. He was not present when Jesus appeared to the other disciples. He could not get wrapped up in the exciting new faith journey of the others until He saw Jesus for himself. Christ lovingly responds to his doubting heart, and shows him his wounded hands and side. However, Jesus states there is even a more blessed life when we believe without seeing.
The first response of the two on the road to Emmaus was thickheaded, but as Jesus walks with them and as He unveils scripture, their hearts burn with fire and passion. (Luke 24:32). Never underestimate the power and change of perspective available to you when you let Jesus teach you.
Jesus restored Peter’s wayward heart after breakfast by the sea. He did not leave Peter alone in condemnation after he messed up. Peter is broken and in a new place to receive the love and comfort of Jesus. The acceptance we receive from Jesus lays the foundation for a tremendously fruitful life!
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).
Heavenly Father, mold my heart into a heart after you, in Jesus’ name, amen.
What is in my heart that I need the Holy Spirit to remove and replace with love?
Living in our true self means growing in awareness of what our hearts need to feel God’s love for us. #wisdomhunters #heartoflove
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