February 28, 2018
As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the Twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.” Mt_20:17-28
You know, beloved, sometimes the most important things are said ‘along the way;’ not among the crowds, not at dinner, not in the company of strangers, but in the spur of the moment, in the intimacy of brotherhood. Jesus revealed to His disciples – EXACTLY what was going to happen to him. And yet, the disciples were so engrossed in themselves, or so baffled by the statement, that it went in one ear and out the other, IF the first ear had even caught it!
And it bothered Jesus enough that he had to reiterate what he had said over and over again, and then reincorporate his prophesy. He said, “whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” ibid.
Are we waiting, hanging on those moments of closeness when He will speak to us, beloved; a word of truth, a word that may hurt, but a word of hope! It may not come in a dream. It may not come from a cloud. It just may come from Jesus through a friend, or even an enemy. Hope in Jesus, beloved. And listen, as if it were the last words you will ever hear! Because sometimes it’s between the lines that the most important words are said!
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