Jesus Said…….

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Well, you found my little corner of the internet.  This is a space where I've tried my hand at writing out the things God's placed on my heart.  I didn't set out to reveal this space to the world when I started posting scripture on Facebook and Instagram.  In fact, in frustration of not being able to spend time writing the question became "What would you rather have people read, your words or God's word?"  The answer was simple I want people to read God's word.  Honestly, I've loved diving into God's word and sharing it with you.  I look forward to it everyday. Posting the scriptures of Jesus I've found stories I would love to expand on and it didn't seem appropriate in a Facebook post.  There was too much to say.  So if you are still with me allow me to walk you through some of those stories.....

         "For God so loved the world........"

God's plan from the very beginning was Jesus.  There was no plan B, nor did God change course when Jesus came into this world.  It's always been Jesus.

God's love for you and me is perfect.  Jesus began his ministry at the age of 30 and it lasted for 3 years.   I can't tell you why he waited until the age of 30 or why only 3 years.  For those of you with toddlers in your home 3 years goes by fast!  In my finite mind there was too much for Jesus to say in just 3 short years.

What I do know is that God is perfect and his timing is perfect.  So at the age of 30 Jesus began.  He came to show us God's love, how to love others well...and to be the sacrifice that would take away our sin so we could be with the Father in heaven.

He gave his one and only Son........

Jesus' ministry involved many people.  I love the leadership application to that.  He chose 12 to follow him and taught them how to do ministry and then only a select few of those who he spent more time with.  Jesus used ordinary and sometimes broken people to share his message.

John the Baptist - A "fiery" person who spoke with boldness and confidence and his purpose was to 'Make straight the way for the Lord.' John 1:23 (NIV).  Yet while sitting in a jail cell perhaps in a moment of discouragement John sends word to Jesus ~ "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?" Matthew 11:3 (NIV)   Have you ever been discouraged or perhaps doubted?  I'll admit it I have.  Jesus' reply to him is one I love as I've looked at my own discouragement and wondered if it's been worth it.    Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see:  The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.   Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me." Matthew 11:4-6 (NIV)  Now I have not witnessed a modern day healing, but I have seen God at work many times.  So for me, this means, "don't get discourage, I'm about my Father's business and God is at work!"  That's encouraging news!

Peter - Here is a guy I can really relate too.  I can't tell you how many times I've "jumped" into the proverbial waters only to loose sight of God and sink. Matthew 14:28 And yet, upon Peter's confession of who Jesus really was Jesus announces he will build his church through him.  But Peter messes up again when he denies Jesus not once, but 3 times.  After the resurrection, Jesus asks Peter three times "Simon son of John, do you love me?" I sense it's a much different Peter this time.  A humble, broken person who says "Yes Lord you know all things; you know that I love you." John 21:17 (NIV) This again gives me encouragement that even in my mess Jesus can use me too.

that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Jesus praying to God in the garden says "Father, take this cup from me, but not my will but yours."  It's the point where Jesus humanness meets God's sovereignty.  Jesus was fully human and he understands pain.  He understands our brokenness.

The crucifixion story always makes me cry.  And for years my tears were not happy tears but tears of shame.  I could never be __________ enough for Jesus.  You can fill in the blank because I bet you've felt that way too.  Guilt for my sins was so great I couldn't see God's love through this sacrifice.  I just saw the sacrifice for me...and that was a little too much for me to bear.  Sin in sin no matter what it is.  And there is nothing we can do to earn our way into heaven.  The Bible tells us that God is perfect and cannot be associated with anything less then perfection.  But, the beginning of John 3:16 says "For God so loved..."  God loves you and me.  You see that's why Jesus came to take that penalty of sin so we could be with God.  Because He wants us to be with Him forever!  This is really good news friend.  These days you may see me shed a tear or two at the crucifixion story, but they are tears of gratefulness.  That God loved me so much he sent his Son to be my Savior.  The Bible is filled with stories of God's love and his relentless pursuit of his people and that includes you and me friend.

So what about you?  Was there a scripture that was posted that spoke to you?  Do you know this amazing love God has for you?

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