Friday, January 29, 2016

Day 19...Evening Devotion

"Leading While Bleeding"

We often attempt to act as if we have it all together, that we're the portrait of strength and aren't vulnerable to life's ills. The truth is that we all are subject to the problems of life; we all bleed. The question is are we leading in the process? John 19 is a gospel (good news) account of the unjust trial, brutal beating, humiliating death and humble burial of Jesus. He was bleeding but he never stopped leading!

According to the text, Jesus bled because of: the crown of thorns on his head, the lashes on his back, the nails in his hands and feet and because of the spear in his side. This blood trail makes Mark 14:24 come alive, when Jesus said “This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many."

I know it's Friday, so I'm going to make this as quick as I can for you. Here's at least six ways that I believe Jesus was leading while bleeding in John 19...

1) Jesus kept the faith (verse 11) Don't loose hope in God because of your present pain! Understand that God has the final say over you. Keep on believing because this pain is the prequel to your sequel! That just means that it's not over for you! Stick with the word of truth that saved you and don't stray from it!

2) Jesus carried his weight (verse 17) Thank God that Jesus ain't no punk (that's not good grammar but it's great gospel)! Even in the face of his own blood, he led us by showing that you should never give up on yourself. I know the weight is heavy and the journey is long, but you've got this! You're stronger than you think!

3) Jesus expressed selfless concern (verses 26-27) While hanging on the cross, Jesus made sure that his mom would be taken care of. Wow! He was bleeding and dying but he stuck with his life's purpose. What's your excuse? This lesson in leadership is essential to your development. Be selfless not selfish and attach yourself to a purpose that's greater than yourself!

4) Jesus didn't quit, he finished (verses 28-30) If you're not ready to die, then you're not done! I think you've got the point. You're not too old, too young, too sick, too slow or too tired! So, keep pushing as long as you've got breath in your body! Finish this life that you've started and do it with every ounce of strength you have!

5) Jesus was crushed but not broken (verses 33-34) The scriptures said that no bone would be broken in Jesus' body. Pain in life is inevitable but it can only go so far. Whatever you're struggling with will not break you, because the bible tells me so!!!

6) Jesus left a legacy of responsible service (verse 38) Here's what makes Jesus the ultimate leader, he was dead but he still motivated people to be come off of the bench to get in the game. I pray that we all live lives that will push others toward greatness.

***Public Service Announcement: It's the weekend! Pastor is encouraging everyone to relax this weekend. Take care of you for a change and bring calm to your mind, body and spirit. Watch some movies, hang out with family, find an interesting book to read. Whatever you do just relax and rid yourself of stress. We'll see you Sunday at 10:45 a.m. as we celebrate communion, engage in fellowship, prayer and bible teaching that will challenge us to be better disciples! Invite a friend and don't be late!

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