In Luke 22:15 Jesus informed His disciples,
“I’ve earnestly and intensely desired to eat this Passover with you earlier than I endure” (Amplified Bible).
He used a powerful phrase for “earnestly and intensely desired.” He was saying, “I lengthy eagerly to have communion with you. My affections are deeply directed towards sharing this important holy feast with you.” Jesus passionately needs our fellowship. Jesus yearns to intimately share a particular meal with us, within the lengthy leisurely customized of these days (Revelation 3:20).
That is my watchword for the Easter season. This can be a nice time to pause and keep in mind the methods Jesus has proven His like to you through the previous yr. What are the instances or conditions since final Easter that you’ve got sensed His presence or acquired His passionate covenant love and kindness or basked in His intimate goodness? Thank Him for these moments and journal your nice gratitude for Him alive, current, and lively in your life and in your world.
There could be some seasons in life wherein it may be laborious to essentially “see” Jesus. When Mary Magdalene met Jesus on the backyard tomb after He had been risen, she didn’t “see” Him (John 20:11-18). Of all individuals, she knew Him so properly that she ought to have acknowledged Jesus instantly, however she didn’t. She thought He was the gardener. Jesus was there for her, however she simply couldn’t see. However then Jesus stated her identify “Mary,” and she or he instantly knew it was Jesus.
This Easter be blessed to know and respect the numerous methods Jesus is current for you, even for those who assume He’s simply the gardener. Ask Him to open your eyes to know Him as His phrases burn inside you in your highway to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). Keep in mind a time while you have been toiling away at your atypical duties, and Jesus addressed you gently as “Good friend” after which did one thing so superior that you simply knew instantly that it was He (John 21:1-7).
Learn the Easter week narratives in your Bible out of your spirit, as if for the primary time. Ask God to immerse you deeply in a few of the different wealthy imagery of Easter… “be there” because the triumphant King enters to waving palm branches, “be there” on the Passover meal, “be there” in Gethsemane with the agonizing submitted Son, “be there” on the cross along with your crucified Savior, “be there” searching for your Lord within the backyard.
Be touched by the thought in a music from many years in the past: He paid a lot too excessive a value so that you can be merely impressed however not actually modified.
Ask God that will help you keep in mind instances when He was with you. Keep in mind the feelings and stirring of your coronary heart in these instances. Ask Him to offer you a glimpse into His heavenly realities regarding these instances. Ask Him for contemporary eyes to see Him within the dailies of life, when He crowns them with His glory. Ask Him if there may be something He needs to say to you in the present day. Open your coronary heart and your spirit to listen to Him afresh.
By Sylvia Gunter
Utilized by Permission
2011 by Sylvia Gunter and Elizabeth Gunter.
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