LOOKING AT JESUS

If I were a poet I would put these words to rhyme. If I were a musician I would put them to song. However, I am none of these but a disciple who loves her Master. Sometimes, I wonder in awe of how it must have been to walk the shores of Galilee with Jesus, been present at the Sermon on the Mount or having watched my Lord heal the sick and raise the dead. I have even asked the Lord when I get to Heaven if I can sit at His feet and listen to Him teach like Mary did. Oh, how I long to do it!

Yet I know I have something even better for He sent His Spirit to dwell within me. “ And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—“(John 14: 16). The Lord kept His promise and I will be with Him, and He with me now and forever. When I meditate upon this truth it thrills me and the joy of the Lord rises up within me.

As our example I look to the Gospels and not only see a man but my Messiah and Lord sent by God to heal and save. When I look at Jesus I see someone who loves unconditionally but yet whose boldness astounded the religious leaders of His day. However, that’s not all, I see someone whose trust in His Father and mine was unwavering.

Jesus knew when He began His earthly ministry why He was here and what would become of Him. Yet, He never ran away from His destiny; to die a brutal death on the Cross of Calvary. His hope was in the Heavenly Father and expressed in Hebrews 12: 2 “who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Knowing Scripture inside and out Jesus knew God would raise Him from the dead. However, it was a very long three days and nights Jesus had to face in the pit of torment. And to think He did it all for us; “that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.” (Eph. 2:12)

Not a theologian I know little and the more I read the Bible the more I learn how much I don’t know and am yet to understand. However, I do know I love the Lord and He loves me and all of mankind. Truthfully, I cannot say that I do, nor do I know how, but I know Jesus does and so I pray Him to show me how and where I am slack. The more I spend time with my Lord I see my imperfections, yet I know He sees me as the person He created me to be.

Most of all, looking at Jesus I see the forgiveness which, without it I’d be lost and facing an unspeakable horror in eternity. Not only this, but I cannot imagine my life without Him. There was a time I did not understand but now I do. It’s all about Jesus. Amen.

sjmom