Jesus is with us. No matter what. The Disciples learned this many times over.
Jesus came to them walking on the water – they said, ‘It is a ghost!” and cried out in fear. Immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” (Matt. 14:26-27)
Peter, James and John were with Jesus when He was transfigured. They were overshadowed by a bright cloud and “behold, a voice out of the cloud said, ‘This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!’ When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified. And Jesus came and touched them and said, ‘Get up and do not be afraid.'” (Matt. 17:5-7).
Today, where are your fears? What are you afraid of? Jesus is with you. He is saying, “Do not be afraid.” Thank Him for His grace, presence and peace.
“He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom.
The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.” (Matt. 13:37-43)
These are hard and startling words from the Lord Himself.
Take a few minutes to reflect on these words.
1. How do these truths impact you?
2. What is the Lord saying to you from these words?
I was reading and reflecting on who Jesus really is these last several days. There are so many ways to look at this topic. Here’s one that caught my eye.
“For by him all things were created,
in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—
all things were created through him and for him.
And he is before all things,
and in him all things hold together.” (Col 1:16-17)
This is mind blowing. Jesus is Lord, King, Ruler, Sustainer, and Creator. He is before all and there is none who can compare to him.
Take a few moments to praise Him and thank Him for Who He is. Thank Him that He has all things under His control.
This word, “hate” is common in the West these days. It is usually applied to those who don’t agree with Progressive agendas or who are followers of Christ. This word hurts when applied to us who are Jesus’ disciples because it is not what we want to be. Yet, Jesus tells His followers that this is the way it will be.
“You will be hated by all because of My name …” (Matt. 10:22).
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own, but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.” (Jn.15:18-19)
Take a few minutes to ponder Jesus’ words.
How does it make you feel to be hated?
What does Jesus want you to do when you are hated?
Consider reading Matt. 10:16-33 and other passages that come to mind as you reflect on these questions.
As Paul says, “in the last days, difficult times will come.” (2 Tim. 3:1)