This time of year, the Easter Season, I stop to remember the passion of my Savior. I read about His last supper with His disciples in Mark chapter 14 and wonder what it was like for Him to know what awaited Him up ahead and what it was like for them to hear His words of what lay ahead of Him….it didn’t register like it does with us. We can look back on it and maybe think; “Oh, I get it!” I wonder, would we? Based on what I know about our human nature, I don’t think so. When the Holy Supper took place, did they understand what He was telling them? I think not….
I’ll tell ya why I don’t think so. We have history (His story) and we can look back and see from our vantage point, they had no such thing but they had been with Him for a little over three years…..they still didn’t know the plan of the Father. What a plan!!!! They looked with their human understanding, and that is not dissing them in any way. They did not in my opinion have their eyes of their understanding opened to the Truth. It takes a Holy Spirit revelation! Not right away….
They had walked, talked, ate and kept company with the Son of Man/Son of God and even though I think they had occasional glimpses of who He was; they saw His miracles, they watched Him cast out demons, heal the sick and raise the dead-they heard Him open His mouth in Heavenly wisdom… they didn’t get it! To break it down even further; personal…..it took years for me to “get it.” to really know who He really is and it came through “revelation of the Holy Spirit.“
I had to be in His Word-the Holy Bible and I had to be hungry for Truth! I surmised that it wasn’t enough to know about Him, it wasn’t enough for me to admire Him; there had to be something REAL, He had to become my personal REALITY. This is where the “buck stopped” so to speak, in my personal life. I had gone to church, read the Bible all my life since I was ten years old….but “I didn’t know HIM as my personal Savior, not really.” I think I mentioned this before…what does a ten year old know about that reality? Something was missing in all those years and my life was a mess! Personal Savior meant what? I had to find out!!! He was in my heart but I didn’t know what that meant.
There were a lot of factors that put me on this search for Truth and I just knew I would find it because He says in His word; “If you search for Me with all of your heart you will find Me!” My testimony…my story; if you will, is going to take me three books to write so I definitely don’t have time here. He also said; “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life! I knew that much, glory to God and I went on that little that I knew. I know by hearing other testimonies that that is all you need, just a little to start out on. I like to search things out….He is the Light!!!
Going back to the book of Mark, John the Baptist spoke of Him in the very first chapter quoting Isaiah and saying first; “This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God” and from Isaiah;” Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way. He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for Him!” He sure did prepare the way and he lost his head in the process literally. It wasn’t for nothing!
Fast forward to and through the many proofs that Jesus displayed up to the cross….so much I could say here but suffice it to say that the people could see by demonstration that the Kingdom of God is here! Everything He did was about His Father and the Kingdom….and it still is.
OH THE CROSS!!! It has never lost it’s power has it??? That place where He shed His sacred blood for me! Men may try and pull the crosses down but it happened, it took place for real and those who know Him; it’s in our hearts and that Truth can never be pulled down!!! Hallelujah!!! I rambled off a little of my story, but it isn’t about me. This time of year it’s about Him and His sacrifice, death and resurrection which we celebrate tomorrow!!! Whoo hoo! There is no other story like His! Who else would die for me, a sinner! (Ephesians 2:8 & 9) The word says; “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other Name under Heaven given among men whereby we must be saved!” NO OTHER!!! (Acts 4:12) So that tells me, no other name will cut it!!! He also said He is the DOOR. (John 10; 2, 7 & 9). These are wonderful salvation words, the red thread of redemption puts us all at the foot of the cross, history pivots on the cross of Jesus Christ! This truth is so exciting, that He isn’t some fantasy! Yes….He is my inspiration!!!
He is the center of my life right now. I wouldn’t trade Him for anything! Knowing Him not only as my Savior; but my Lord, Friend, King; His Majesty, being part of His Kingdom and being in a relationship with Him…..nothing on Earth surpasses that REALITY! He calls me Friend and I’m a Saint. I’m a Heavenian (citizen of Heaven; per Kat Kerr) Heaven is my eternal home and then the new Earth.
I invite you if you do not know Him as Savior; the way He says to come to Him….call on His Name, repent of your sins (meaning change your mind about the way you have been going) and receive Him as your Lord and Savior today! Do not put Him off another minute; tomorrow is not promised….that is just the truth….come to the foot of the cross and receive His life! He will not turn you away!
I’ll come back fellow travelers and share about the resurrection…..oh that’s powerful!!! Meanwhile, look to the cross; He is not there anymore, neither is He in the grave!