Sunday, April 09, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

READING


GOSPEL: MATT. 21:12-17
NEW TESTAMENT: 1 TIM. 6:12-16
PSALMS: 24, 29, 103
OLD TESTAMENT: ZECH. 9:9-12, 12:9-11; 13:1, 7-9

DEVOTIONAL


I wish I really knew Jesus. Like a sister would know her brother. While I can always explain his actions by saying that He was holy, He was also a human being.

In Matthew 21:12-17, Jesus has entered Jerusalem just prior to going through a horrible death. And he knows it. He goes to the temple and he is angry. How can the money changers and robbers desecrate his father's house? Don't they know what's going on, what Jesus is about to go through? Of course, they have no idea. They have no clue that the person who is throwing them out of the temple will change the world. Perhaps they wouldn't care if they had known.

Then, after the rage at seeing the desecration, Jesus turns and starts healing people. I can actually relate a bit to Jesus here. I have known times when my blood boils one moment and overflows with love the next (thinking kids here), allowing my emotions to take over one moment then pull it together (barely) the next. Actually, I can't imagine having anything in common with Jesus, but as a human, I have had moments like that.

I wonder if Jesus was at his most human that last week. By the accounts of his prayers in Gethsemane, it appears He was in the same mindset just before being arrested - asking God if the cup could pass, then owning up to the fate that was his alone. Even at what seemed to be his most human time, Jesus was holy.

I can only hope that at those times when I am at the depth of my humanness, I can achieve some level of grace. To do that, I believe I need to practice living a life of grace. Practice makes a behavior automatic. At first, you have to think about what you are doing and do it intentionally. Then, after time, it becomes second nature. Like jumping in the pool when you see someone drowning. May I come to know grace as an automatic reaction to the lowest moments of my life.

VAN (4/17/11

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