Day 9 who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross

Hebrews 12:2

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

This morning I took a picture of the dawn rising from the viewpoint of a graveyard. The previous days reflection and picture still had me thinking, and the days news events of even more hate and killings across the earth stuck within many peoples thoughts.  Why it hung on my mind was because despite the many people that profess to follow Jesus, or to follow His teachings they really have not understood his core teachings. The fact that He came to sacrifice himself for us, and the only reason He could do this is because He is our God incarnate in man.

It is really wonderful that many people follow Jesus’ teachings or profess to follow Him, but unless Jesus is accepted as Lord and saviour then all is lost. Many endure pain today but unless they accept Jesus as Lord and saviour He can not endure with them. He endured the pain once for all but we must accept Him freely with open hearts.

Those who doubt are not in bad company, as many have doubted, but that is a healthy part of our faith. Thomas doubted Jesus, but was shown truth and evidence.

John 14:5-6

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Jesus used the term I AM to illustrate his authority, his divinity, the fact that He is God. If you are in doubt about Jesus’ divinity I pray you read the Gospel of John and ask Jesus to come to you and send the Holy Spirit. Open you heart and accept what is plainly the truth.

The picture shows graves that illustrates our connection with the material world, the fact that one day our frail bodies will be shed. The dawn rising illustrates the Hope and Faith of an eternal life with God.

I pray that the Hope and and peace of Christ comes to all, but above all that as many as possible freely accept Him as Lord and Saviour, so that Jesus can be with us. God with us, Oh come, Oh come Immanuel.

Amen

Blessings

Graham

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