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18 April 2014
HERE’S WISHING YOU A BLESSED EASTER/PASSOVER
GOD-TRACKING IS LOOKING THROUGH YOUR CROSS TO THE BLESSING BEYOND
It was early hours of Friday morning and the night was very dark in the olive grove. Peter’s eyes were heavy while he watched his Master from a short distance. He pulled his shawl higher to his neck as he laid his head back against the olive tree. Jesus was lying prostrate in the dust a few meters from him but Peter could hear what Jesus was saying. “"Abba", Father," he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will." Peter noticed that Jesus was very distraught. He’d never seen the Master this way before. What could it mean? Why did he come up here to pray at this hour? And then there were the things he’d said at the Pesach Seder about the bread and the cup. Was this the “cup” he was now referring to in prayer? Peter’s eyes blinked once, twice and he was asleep.
“Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!” Jesus’ words startled Peter out of his slumber. A squad of temple guard with clubs and swords had entered the garden while Peter was asleep. Was that… yes, it was. Judas had just kissed Jesus’ cheek and betrayed him to the soldiers. Peter drew his sword and lashed out at one of them, cutting off his ear. But Jesus, in his compassion, healed the man – his attacker – and told Peter to put away the sword. They then led Jesus, the one Peter called Christ, off to be tried. He followed at a distance.
Many years later Peter sat chained in a small dungeon under the streets of Rome. He was an old man now and had been arrested by the Romans because he was the leader of the Christians. He faced certain execution. In fact, Peter was eventually to be crucified like his Lord, except upside-down. His eyes were heavy as he thought back to that auspicious Friday morning in Gethsemane, pondering how the all-knowing Son of God must have known all along that he would be arrested and sentenced to crucifixion. He could have returned home at any time yet he’d waited in the garden for his accusers to arrive. In the garden Jesus was facing the cross – looking through the cross – yet saw himself risen from the dead and seated beside God in glory. Peter then remembered the words once written in a letter address to the Hebrews, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Peter laid his head back against the cold damp wall of his cell. His eyes blinked once, twice and he was asleep.
Dear God Tracker, whatever you face tomorrow, take your eyes off of your difficulties and fix them on the Author of your life. Look beyond your needs and your problems and believe that Jesus is there already, on the other side of that wall, preparing your way forward. He is faithful and his love endures for you, forever.
God-tracking is looking through your cross to the blessing beyond.
Keep your eyes on Jesus.
It’s all in the Book…
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Verse of the Week
Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Quote of the Week A Sample of Dudley’s Fave Quotes “We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.” --- Oswald Chambers
Don’t Give Up, Look Up! Look up and Fix Your Eyes on Jesus! I acknowledge you in all… and fix my eyes on Jesus, who authors my life
“Dear Lord, I’m sorry for getting caught up in my problems. I realise now that you are bigger than any difficulties I may face tomorrow and that you are already on the other side of tomorrow preparing my path for me. I acknowledge you in all that I am and all that I do and choose to fix my eyes on Jesus, who authors my life. Help me to stand strong in the hope your word gives me and help me to overcome these difficulties for your glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
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