Believing the Promises of God - in His Word

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed… Without weakening in his faith… Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. ~ Romans 4 [selected 18-21]



Thursday, April 9, 2009

STEPS to the CROSS


Can you even imagine what this day held for Jesus as He walked His final footsteps to the cross? What did He pray? What did He sing?What did His heart feel like? What was His focus? What was He thinking? Doing? Being?

We don't have to imagine because Scripture tells us in His Word:
  • He was being FAITHFUL to His Father's will and plan.

  • He was doing the hardest thing that was required of Him and doing it with full obedience.

  • He was thinking - not of Himself - but of you and me.

  • His focus was on the Father's will being carried out.

  • His heart was full of emotion, grief, turmoil... not because of the pain He was about to suffer - but for the separation from His Father that He must endure when He would bear our sins upon Himself and the Father must turn away from Him.

  • He sang a hymn with His disciples.

  • He prayed for Himself, His disciples, for all believers.

  • His footsteps held the fulfilling plan of God's GRACE.

John 17 [selected]
Jesus Prays for Himself

1After Jesus said this, He looked toward heaven and prayed: "Father, the time has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You. 2For you granted Him authority over all people that He might give eternal life to all those you have given Him. 3Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. 4I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave me to do. 5And now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with the glory I had with You before the world began.

Jesus Prays for His Disciples
6"I have revealed You to those whom You gave Me out of the world. They were Yours; You gave them to Me and they have obeyed Your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given Me comes from You. 8For I gave them the words you gave Me and they accepted them.
11I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your Name—the Name You gave Me—so that they may be one as We are One.
Jesus Prays for All Believers
20"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.

Luke 22 [selected]
14When the hour came, Jesus and His apostles reclined at the table. 15And He said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God."
17After taking the cup, He gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among you. 18For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."
19And He took 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."

Mark 14 [selected]
23Then He took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it.
24"This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many," He said to them. 25"I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God."
26When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Gethsemane

32They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to His disciples, "Sit here while I pray." 33He took Peter, James and John along with Him, and He began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34"My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death," He said to them. "Stay here and keep watch."
35Going a little farther, He fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from Him. 36"Abba, Father," He said, "everything is possible for You. Take this cup from Me. Yet not what I will, but what You will." [All Scripture emphasis added]

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May our hearts remember His footsteps and the unfolding GRACE they held on this day! May we bring praise with tears of JOY for all that JESUS-IS, WAS, and WILL BE!

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Looking UPward and Choosing JOY,

Stephanie
[In Flight]

11 comments:

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Sobering to consider what Jesus' final hours were like. Thanks for taking me there.

peace~elaine

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Stephanie - I needed this today. Too often we focus just on Easter and the resurrection and neglect what actually took Him there.

Thanks for bringing me back to the cross.

TRUTHSHARER said...

It's always at the foot of the cross that we gain true perspective. It's a humbling place to bow.

Walking behind Him...
Stephanie

Cricket said...

Wonderful...this year...I have found myself humbled by God...by Jesus's walk in this life...HE was a person...a human walking in flesh, but at the same time HE was in the spirit!

Without a doubt HE felt the pain those days...HE felt physical pain and emotional pain...but HE allowed HIMSELF to be crucified...so that all could be saved and for the Glory of the Father.

How I want to be an humble vessel...and to learn that my ways are not HIS ways...to follow HIS ways without rebellion.

Thank you for your comments...thank you for your post.

Happy Easter...may we be found this weekend GLORIFING GOD.
Tessa

LisaShaw said...

Looks like we're on the same journey together today. Bless you dear heart as we think on our JESUS.

Yolanda said...

Thank you, as my heart is tender towards the Father and towards The Son.

Love to you,
Yolanda

LauraLee Shaw said...

I saw your comment at Lisa's and had to come over. That is one of my fav chapters in all of Scripture. It moves my soul to think of my Savior praying for me, then suffering and dying for me. Almost unbearable to think about actually. I am so unworthy, but that's His way. To love someone like me. So thankful for Friday, and so thankful for Sunday.

Edie said...

There have been a number of times that He pointed out how He identified with my circumstances in these things. Oh to be with Him in eternity.

Just wanted to stop by and wish you an abundantly blessed celebration of the RISEN LORD!

Just Be Real said...

Blessings Stephanie to you and yours at Easter. Thank you for sharing!

cindy said...

I saw your comment on Lisa Shaw's blog and just knew I had to "meet" you. You had spoken a little of the tragedy in your life, with the loss of your husband. I was very interested to see you so incredibly full of the spirit, even those I'm certain that your spirit was broken for some time. It encourages me when I see other's survive life's events that leave us raw.

Alleluiabelle said...

Hi Stephanie,

I came here to visit by way of "The Heart of a pastor's wife". I wanted to introduce myself. By your posting, I can feel the extreme love that you have for the Lord. We have a great connection in Him. I'm glad I stopped by. I've added myself to your list of followers. Your site looks very enriching and fulfilling. I will be back again for sure to read some of your back posts to get to know you better.

Thank you for your words today. It filled my heart up even more. As I said on another friend's blog, my heart is about to burst with passion that I hold in it for Him, especially waiting on the brink of tomorrow.

Peace & Blessings,
Alleluiabelle