Saturday April 16, 2022

Saturday – April 16th – Hebrews 12:2     -----      
 
12:2)  looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, 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.
 
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
     MOTIVATION IS WHAT GETS YOU STARTED; HABIT IS WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING.*

     Happy Saturday to you! Today, in our Holy Week journey, is often lifted up as a day of remembrance. For the disciples and followers of Jesus it was both a day of mourning as well a day that required observance of the Sabbath. From sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday the Jewish people followed all of the rules and regulations concerning proper Sabbath activity. To those grieving the death of Jesus the solitude of Saturday was needed and necessary. I am sure there was little thought being given to next steps or strategic planning. They were deeply grieving the loss of their friend, their leader, and their hope for their future. Official planning could wait until tomorrow, Sunday – the first day of the week. But for now, they needed time to process the whirlwind of activities of the last seven days. Little did they know that God was already way ahead of them preparing a Sunday they would never forget. We never know what God is already doing while He waits for us to catch up.

     The author of Hebrews now sets his sights on what it means to be a fully committed and faithful follower of Jesus. The beauty of this teaching is that it is timeless – able to reach across and impact every generation of believers. As a runner concentrates only on the finish line, so we look steadily to Jesus who has already crossed the finish line of heaven. He now rules in the place of ultimate authority at the right hand of the throne of God. By His selfless offering and His ascension to heaven He has become both the author and finisher of our faith. Jesus has done everything to ensure that we too may successfully cross the finish line if we endure in and through faith. To make salvation available to you and me He counted even the shame of the cross as of being no account. Such great timing as we read these words from Hebrews and as we prepare to celebrate the empty tomb of Jesus.

Blessings
   Pastor Jim
Sunday – April 17th – Hebrews 12:3-4

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Locations 21172-21173). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.  
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