Not Just “Good” Friday . . .

Blessings Friends,

Resurrection Sunday is upon us once more, and we prepare to celebrate our Savior’s victory over death. But my mind is on Good Friday.

My daughter is studying the book of John in homeschool, and I’ve noticed a pattern as she reads to me. Today it was John 12:17-25.

John 12: 17,18:

“The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record.

“For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle.”

As we read through this story of Jesus’ life, what strikes me is that each time Jesus performs a miracle, the crowds flock to Him. People are drawn to power.

Jesus was the most beautiful human being to ever walk the earth, and I’m not talking about physical beauty. But so few were drawn to Him because of His nature. Children were, of course, which speaks volumes. But it took acts of power to get the attention of the multitudes. Yet, even miracles didn’t keep their attention for long.

Even today, people seek after His power. The power to heal, prophesy, and cast out demons. There are ministries dedicated to tapping into this supernatural power. Is this what Jesus intended for us? Absolutely. He died that we might bring His kingdom to Earth. But seeking after His power is a bit like trying to get through a door without the key.

The key, the source of Jesus supernatural power is love. Not the superficial love of the world, but true love. Agape. Jesus’ power on Earth was activated and fueled by His love and deep compassion for people.

The power that overcame the world, and enables us to once more be called the sons and daughters of God, wasn’t the empty tomb. The empty tomb was just one more thing made possible by a love that submitted even unto the humiliation and death of the cross.

Love didn’t defend Himself and His “rights” as people cursed Him, beat Him, and spat upon Him. Love didn’t lash out and curse His accusers and executors while demons hovered over His torn and broken body, mocking Him, trying to break Him. Love didn’t throw a pity party when even His Father turned away from the sin of the ages Love bore in His flesh.

Love took it all.

This is what we should seek. This is the source of His supernatural power.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33.

God’s kingdom is love. All righteousness and power flow from this love. And there is only one source. Jesus Christ.

In this season as new life springs up around us, Let us dedicate ourselves to new life in Jesus. Making our walk with Him intentional, making time to be with Him alone, surrendering to His transforming love that opens our eyes to see others as He sees them. To love them as He loves them. Then we will truly Watch God Work!

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

God’s grace and peace be yours,


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