Week 14, Day 3: A Life Lived for One Moment

What is your response to the events of Christ’s last few days? Which supporting character would you have been most like? We all would like to think we would have been like Mary of Bethany, wanting nothing more than to shower all our love on Him, not bothering about what anyone else thought about our lavish display of affection. However, being caught up in the excitement of knowing you were following the promised Messiah, would you have been more like one of the others?

  • After the triumphal entry, you would have been more convinced than ever that you made the right choice at quitting your old job to follow this radical fellow. Jesus is indeed the Messiah! Would you have been like the disciples, looking ahead to your own career advancement and wondering, “Who would be greatest” rather than realizing the Greatest is Jesus Himself?
  • To Judas, Jesus seemed slightly out of control. This practical-thinking Jew was clear on one thing and surmised about Jesus, He actually believes He’s God. Judas’ mistake was to leave the truth in the arena of someone else’s belief. Jesus not only believed He was God, He knew He was God. Judas failed to believe and know the same. Would your practicality have made you a Judas?
  • Peter had thrown his hat in the ring. He was all in and now Jesus was talking about dying and going away. Would you have had Peter’s reaction? I think Peter thought, We’re just getting started; it can’t all end now. I’m in it to win it. I’ll never deny You! Would your zeal have caused you to miss the hard part of the truth? Would you have denied when it really counted?
  • Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus were probably in the room as Caiaphas and the other chief priests questioned Jesus and condemned Him to die. Why didn’t they speak up then? Would you have been able to hold your ground against a mob mentality? After the crucifixion, they came forward to pour their love on the Master’s body. Would you have been a silent follower?
  • Mary Magdalene’s grief was palpable. She needed to anoint Him. How she ached when Jesus’ body was not in the tomb. She had but one thing left that she could do for Him, and now this disappearance threatened to deny her even of that. Would you have been there at the tomb early Sunday morning, still ready to do whatever you could? We know now that this attitude was the very thing that placed Mary in the perfect position to receive the biggest blessing of anyone’s life – news that He is risen!

Prayer of Thanksgiving: Thank you for a living hope. No matter what things look like, thank you for still having the last and the living word.


©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on April 6, 2012.

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