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The Time Drew Near

The Time Drew Near

09 January 2011

Today’s Reading: Genesis 23-24; Luke 9

Scripture:

As the time drew near for him to ascend to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. (Luke 9:51 NLT)

As the time drew near for Jesus to ascend to heaven… Actually, from another point of view it was, “As the time drew near for Jesus to be betrayed, falsely accused, illegally tried, beaten and tortured, murdered in the most agonizing and painful way the cruel Romans could devise.”

As the time drew near for Jesus to ascend to heaven, he had to go through hell to get there. It was a really tough time. In Luke 9:30-31, we’re told that the Father sent Moses and Elijah to encourage him, to discuss the coming crucifixion, and to remind him that there’s life on the other side. In Luke 22:43, God sent an angel to strengthen Jesus so that he could make it through the next twelve hours ‘til his death.

There can be some pretty tough stuff between where we are right now and where we confidently believe and trust that God is taking us. Let’s not lose sight of where we’re going as we’re facing the challenge of what’s between here and there.

We may need some friends to talk with about we’re going – some friends who have already made part of the journey. We may need some supernatural strength from the Father. Jesus found that strength in times of intense prayer.

It’s easy to lose sight of the destination in the middle of a train wreck or a traffic jam or when you’re sitting in your car by the side of the road waiting for a tow truck – but like Jesus, we’re on our way to heaven. And there’s good work for you and I to do on the way! It may not be easy, but we’ll get there!

Prayer:

Father, Please help me keep my eyes on where I’m going and not get bogged down and discouraged as I face the challenges of the moment. Please keep me clear and focused and moving forward. I pray for my friends who need your encouragement and strength today. Please send a friend or an angel to speak heart-strengthening, faith-building words of life. Amen.

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