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BIBLE MEDITATION:

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who

for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat

down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)


DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:

The words recorded in Matthew 26:26-29, 36-46 tell part of the story about

what happened to Jesus on the evening of that first Maundy Thursday. We know

that He instituted the Lord’s Supper. We know the story about how Jesus

washed His disciple’s feet, and how Judas picked up and left the room to go

out and betray Him for 30 pieces of sliver.


Actually, Jesus had a lot to say and a lot to teach that evening. The Gospel

of John dedicates five chapters; almost ¼ of the entire book of John

describes what happened and what was said during these last few hours in the

Upper Room and before the Garden of Gethsemane.

I think of these hours as a last minute cram course that Jesus provided His

disciples. It must have been impossible for them to take it all in. It had

to feel like trying to take a drink from a fire hydrant. Jesus taught them

about His betrayal and death, about how their grief would turn into joy - -

it was an emotional lesson Jesus had to teach them. No wonder those

disciples were exhausted and later on, fell asleep in the Garden of

Gethsemane. Luke gives us this interesting detail when he says in Luke 22

they were “. . . . . . . . . . .exhausted from sorrow.” (v.45)


As Jesus experienced each of these events – that evening - and up through

the Cross on Good Friday- - - as He pressed on, faced evil, persevered, and

fulfilled Scripture and His Father’s will - - - I wonder what was on Jesus’

mind?


What do YOU think about when you face suffering and unfair treatment, or

wickedness? What do you think about when you are weak or afraid or sick or

tired or depressed or angry? Or when you feel like you are carrying a heavy

load on your shoulders? Do you think about God? Are your thoughts about God

complimentary? What do you think about Him? Do you think He is fair? Do you

lose patience with Him? Do you harbor doubts or resentment toward Him? Do

you ever wonder what God wants to do with your life?


In 2004, there was an interesting poll conducted a poll where they asked 10

thousand people in ten different countries what they thought about God. The

poll was titled: “What The World Thinks of God.” Wouldn’t it be great if you

could conduct a follow-up poll titled: “What God Thinks of The World?” But

you know what? - - -If we could prove that we conducted an interview with

God - - - I wonder how many people would care? How many people would be

willing to change - if what God said - - went against what they wanted?


Well we already have that interview with God, we already have a record of

What God Thinks About the World - - - and story is recorded throughout the

66 Books of the Bible. One of the central messages of the entire Bible is -

- that God is thinking about you.


Hebrews 12:2 “(fix your) eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith,

who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and

has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”


God is saying to us in this Bible verse, “take a long hard look at Jesus.”

He didn’t enjoy the Cross. It says here He “endured” it, and He “despised

the shame” of it. But what kept Jesus going? What kept Him on task?



* Was it the support of His disciples? No.



* Was it that Jesus somehow perfected mind over matter? No.



* Was it that Jesus had a supernatural pain tolerance? No.



* Was it just the sheer tenacity of Jesus character? No.



What kept Jesus on task? What kept Him going? Jesus sees the Higher Goal.

What does it say in Hebrews 12:2 “(fix your) eyes on Jesus, the author and

perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross,

despising the shame. . .”


Jesus faces evil, so that we can face eternity. Jesus climbs to the Cross,

so that we can claim heaven. Jesus feels the press of evil, so that we can

feel the presence of His Spirit, and the power of His love. Simply put- - -

the bottom line is: Jesus thought of us.


Jesus paid all, All to Him I owe:


Sin had left a crimson stain; He washed it white as snow.


In His Love & Service,


Pastor Larry E. Campbell

St. Paul A.M.E. Church, San Bernardino, CA

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