Marriage and Family: Christ did what he said he would do!March 24, 2016
We call this week Holy Week. Holy, sacred, set apart as something very special. As I have contemplated our Savior during this Holy Week, I have been reading the Scriptures about what happened in the days prior to His triumphal entry.
In Mark 10, the Bible says that Jesus and His disciples came to Jericho. If you remember, Jericho was the place where the walls came tumbling down. There, blind Bartimaeus is given sight. Jesus asked him what he wanted and he said to Jesus, "I want to see!"
In Luke 19, we see that while in Jericho, Jesus meets up with Zacchaeus, the "wee little man" and says to him, "For the Son of man came to seek and to save what was lost."
In John 12, the disciples and Jesus came to Bethany. Now if you look on a map, it was not necessary to go to Bethany on the way to Jerusalem, but Jesus chose to go there. Remember, this is where His dear friend, Lazarus, was dead, and Jesus raised him to life, and where Mary, broken over her sin, anointed His feet, while others in their religiousity and pride, condemned her actions. And yet Jesus loved. And these two acts caused many to come to faith in Jesus (John 11:45, 12:11)
Beautiful, undeserved, deeply loving acts were done by Jesus just prior to His ultimate act of love in giving His life for all.
Then, in Mark 11, Jesus sends two of His disciples ahead and tells them to find the colt that had never been ridden, and to bring it to Him. So the two go into Jerusalem and find a colt, tied at a doorway.
A door or doorway means "an open opportunity to do something". The colt, never ridden (pure) was tied at a doorway; an open opportunity for Christ Jesus to do the miraculous for us, even though we rejected Him in every way. His love for us consumed Him. Jesus Christ was about to step through the doorway to His ultimate destiny, death on a cross, for you and me. But on His way, these very important stops I listed above, I'd like to suggest, were very significant.
Why? Because when Jesus went back into His hometown of Nazareth, it was the Sabbath and so He went to worship at the synagogue, which He regularly did. There, He stood up and read out of Isaiah 61:1-2, that truly became His mission on this earth:
"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
Then, He said, "Today, this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
Jesus came.....and Jesus did what He said He would do. He fulfilled the purpose for which He was sent. He preached good news and Zacchaeus was saved. He gave freedom to those imprisoned by pride and shame at His anointing in Bethany. He recovered sight to blind Bartimaeus. His raising Lazarus from the dead and accepting a sinful woman's extravagant gift released those oppressed with hopelessness. Yes, Jesus came. And Jesus did what He came to do.
So here's some things I am thinking about today and I offer you:
~Am I trusting in the faithfulness of Jesus for the situations I face today? He has proven Himself fully trustworthy.
~Do I know what the Father created me to do? Am I doing it? Is there an open opportunity for me to do something, but I am gripped by the fear of stepping into it? God is faithful. He will never call you to something that He will not empower and equip you to do.
So as we experience Holy Week, ask God to reveal to you the open doors He has made available to you and make one step in that direction. That would make this week a Holy Week indeed.
this blog was written by Jena Forehand and Living Deeper Ministries. For more information on Jena's ministry to women, visit: www.livingdeeperministries.com
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