John 12:23, "...The hour has come for the SON of Man to be glorified." Yes, this was the day the Sanhedrin plotted to kill JESUS and Judas agreed to betray JESUS, but really how does this apply to us? JESUS knew that HE would take the journey to the Cross alone. We as disciples of CHRIST will also take our journey to the Cross as we follow HIM. This is the last place any of us wants to go, but it is the only way we experience the reality of JESUS in our lives. This is not a journey with family and friends. It is a journey that strips away everyone and everything we have ever depended on, so we will learn to depend on JESUS. While we are at the Cross we become contrite (broken to absolutely nothing; ground up like the finest powder), self-deception is peeled away layer by painful layer until we begin to see ourselves as JESUS does. We no longer excuse our inadequacies, failures and sinful pride, that have not only tried to destroy us but those we love. If we hang on to our lives and refuse to take the journey; we will not die to ourselves and never bear much fruit. PRAYER - FATHER, take my hand and walk with me to the Cross where I can see the heavens open up. MEDITATION - If I give JESUS my worries, fears and pain, I don't have as much to carry; If I share my joy with HIM, I have HIS double portion. THOUGHT - JESUS said, "I will never leave you". WRITE - It is painful but the rewards far out way the suffering.
Psalm 139: 23-24
GOD IS GOD!
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