The Lamb of God

And he took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after supper, he took the cup saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” 

Luke 22:19-20 NIV

It was their last supper together.

A symbolic dinner that told the ancient story of freedom from slavery and redemption from death itself.

A lamb for each family that crowded the streets of Jerusalem that week.  A lamb sacrificed by a Temple priest.  A lamb that was consumed later as they moved through each symbolic element: the meat, the unleavened bread, the bitter herbs, the egg, the cups of wine, the applesauce.

The disciples were celebrating a holiday, Jesus was fulfilling prophecy.

Then Jesus put himself on the plate and in the middle of the story.

He picked up the bread, broke it and said, “This is my body given for you”. He took the cup and said, “This is the new covenant in my blood which is poured out for you.” 

Only God can make a new covenant. And He did.

After they celebrated the angel of death passing over those homes that were marked with the blood of the lamb, they witnessed the blood of the Chosen One being spilled under the lash of the whip and poured out on the wood of a Roman cross.

It was the last Passover Jesus had with His disciples before He became the Passover Lamb for His disciples and the world. 

For you. 

For me. 

Forever.

And He gave us a new way to remember it, we call it communion.

Dirty Feet

“After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”

John 13:5 NIV

Before Jesus laid down His life, He laid down His rights to be important, to be taken care of, to be served and He served instead.

The moment the Prince of Eternity wraps a towel around His waist and takes the lowest possible position of the lowest servant in the house, takes my breath away.

The Son of God washes the grime and dirt off the feet of his friends. The King of kings who humbly serves the would-be betrayer, the deny-er, the not good enough, the doubter and hot-headed.

Afterward, Jesus told those who had seen Him raise the dead to life that they should do for each other what He just did for them: set aside position, become the lowest, meet the basic need with humble love. Love each other practically and continually. Put aside their rights and pick up their towel and they would be blessed. 

This week may you take your towel and love those around you like Jesus did.

Then, after a long day serving others, may you bring your own dirty feet (heart, soul) to Jesus in prayer and allow Him to gently wash you clean.

Choose Your Words Wisely

“Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.”

Colossians‬ ‭4‬:‭5-6‬ MSG

Every conversation you have today is an opportunity to love.

Whether it is on Zoom, FaceTime, a phone call or face to face with those who live with you, the words you say are powerful.

Use them with intention and vision.

Use them to invite feedback.

Have conversations that inspire hope and are reminders of gratitude.

Today, you have permission to:

  • reach out to someone you haven’t talked to for a long time,
  • extend grace to someone who is bugging you,
  • do the ordinary thing that will help someone feel loved,
  • activate wisdom in every conversation and 
  • be intentionally uplifting with your words.

Be obedient to the little nudges from the Holy Spirit, especially the ones that push you outside your comfort zone.

God has put you where you are and in contact with who you are for a reason.

Be brave and seize every opportunity Jesus brings you today. 

It may make more of a difference in someone’s life than you can possibly imagine.

A Lifestyle of Love

My friend, go after a life of love today.

Make loving God and loving others your top priority.

“Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it—because it does. Give yourselves to the gifts God gives you. Most of all, try to proclaim his truth”.

1 Corinthians‬ ‭14‬:‭1 MSG

More money, more stuff or more accomplishment will mean nothing if your life is void of love.

God has given you Himself and He IS love.

As Jesus teaches you how to receive His love everyday, He teaches you how to love others. You can’t give what you haven’t received.

Life with Jesus is a lifestyle of loving God and loving people.

That is it. 

It really is that simple.

In Your Darkest Moments

But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:16 NIV

If you are feeling like the worst of sinners right now, know that you are who Jesus came for.

Run to Him.

His arms are open.

He has more patience for you than you have for yourself.

This is not about being a perfect Christian, it is about letting Him love you when you feel like you are at your darkest.

His Love is Strong

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6 NIV

My prayer for you today is that you will be so strongly connected with Jesus that His strong bands of love, loyalty, faithfulness and grace will invade every area of your life like the roots of a tree. 

I pray that you will experience this love, His love, that is higher than the highest mountain summit, deeper than the deepest cavern of the sea, wider than the expanse of east to west and with a reach long enough to rescue you from the darkest, dingiest place of shame that sin sucks you down to.

I pray that you will have power to truly take hold of God’s all encompassing, crisis surpassing, past erasing, future embracing love.

And that when you grasp this, even just a little bit of it, it will give you wings to rise above your circumstances, face the obstacles before you with courage and walk fully in your God given purpose.

The Power of Worship

Have you accessed God’s power today?

Hebrews 12:28 reminds us that, “Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshipping him with holy fear and awe.” 

When we are worshipping God and filling our hearts with gratitude, we are opening our hearts to be filled with the unshakable kingdom of God.
 
A kingdom not of this world but one that heals it, changes it, transforms it.
 
Worship fills us with the wonder of heaven and an awe for the one who left heaven to rescue a lost world.
 
When we worship Jesus, He fills our hearts with His love and our lives with His power.
 
My friend, may we be so full of heaven that it overflows into moments of awe in the mundane moments of our day and make them…heavenly.
 
 

What Drives Out Fear?

Tuesday

What drives out fear? Love does.

Don’t believe me? Think back to a time when you were in love with somebody. How bold were you? How much hope did you have for the future? Did you do any crazy things with them because you were in love with them?

Right this minute, you are loved with a perfect love from a sinless Savior who sacrificed Himself so that you could live unhindered by fear.

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.”

‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The word perfect here doesn’t mean flawless, it means complete. It means complete love.  Not a temporary infatuation but a deep developed love that stands the test of time and eternity.

His was a love that bleeds when the lash tore open His back and the splintered wood of the cross dug into it. A love that persevered through the unendurable physical and spiritual pain of the cross until He could utter the truth, “it is finished”.

When fear rises up to dismantle your faith or weave it’s tentacles around your feet to trip you up, you must remember this fact: You have nothing to fear. You are in love. 

Christ took your punishment completely so that you could be immersed in His love and be made whole.

Jesus walked the earth, spoke truth to all who would listen, healed broken bodies and restored broken souls to God. It was His love that breathed life into the first lungs of man and His word that drove the darkness and chaos back before that and it is His love that sets you free to love as freely and completely as you are loved.

What drives fear out?
Love.

The love of Jesus.

Hang your hat on it and get down to the business of loving others with the confident abandon that comes with it.

No Matter What

  

No matter what comes your way, what changes in your season, what challenges arise, God is working.

You look at your circumstances and wonder how you will survive.

God looks at your circumstances and sees opportunities to make you stronger, wiser, more faithful, more peaceful.

To open up new doors, initiate new relationships, show you how to get out of your comfort zones.

It is a good work. It is a deep work. It is a real transforming sanctifying work.

It is His work. It is grace realized.

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6 NIV)

No matter what is happening around you God will use it to work in you.

What does God want to do in you today?

What is He strengthening in you today?

How is His Grace working in your life today?