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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Stand Up SATurday: Keep Walking

As we walked with Jesus this week in His everyday life, strolling, sitting on the beach, climbing a mountain, telling stories, eating supper, kicking over tables in the Temple, and being tempted by Satan, we are confident in knowing that Jesus was just like us in every sense of the word—besides sin!

“Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality! He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin” (Hebrews 4:14-15 MSG).

What joy we must be feeling knowing that Christ overcame it all so that we, too, could experience God’s goodness and grace.

As we experienced Christ in this light this week, shouldn’t we now be more confident in telling other about Him? So many people think and believe that God just “doesn’t understand” what we’re going through, but this week we discovered that He most assuredly did, even more!

Jesus was bullied and slandered.

Jesus was deeply saddened and filled with agonizing sorrow.

Jesus pleaded that God would change His destiny, but submitted to God’s will willingly.

Jesus traveled and made lasting, loving friendships.

Jesus got hungry and sat amongst friends at suppertime.

Jesus deeply cared about people and put their needs above His own.

Jesus found Himself tempted by Satan, and overcame.

Jesus used His hands and feet to climb mountains—he didn’t use some sort of supernatural ability to get to places he needed to go. He walked. He strolled. He climbed. But when He did use His powers, He used them to teach His students how to trust Him.

Jesus got angry. Jesus cried out to God. Jesus felt forsaken by His Father.

Although Jesus was always surrounded by large crowds, sometimes He felt utterly alone.

Jesus loved children and desired to bless them.

Jesus told stories to help others understand God better.

Jesus defended Himself and His followers against false accusations. However, He remained silent and obedient to His punishment for a crime He didn’t commit. Why? Because although He was sinless, we are not. He stood before the judge and jury in OUR place. He remained silent because although He was not guilty, we were, and He took the punishment for it. What could He say then while He stood there, heavy with our shame, sin, and guilt? What could He have done otherwise to save us? Someone had to pay the price. And He graciously took our place.

So what can we now do knowing what we know? How do we make this week’s message practical in our life? How will we use the knowledge we have gained?

Pray. Intercede. Teach. Worship.

Keep walking with Jesus the way you have this week. Continue the journey.

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