Good Friday.

My heart is quiet. A tear slipping occasionally. Just yesterday I read the scriptures of the last supper taken in the upper room. Jesus and His disciples. All of the them. Even the one who would betray Him.

in rememberance

As I sit here today, just a few hours after our church’s Maundy Thursday Communion service, I keep thinking how Christ never asked us to do anything He did not first do and demonstrate Himself. Our speaking ministry is called Faithfully Following and this last week of heart preparations for Easter has left me understanding more and more that to follow means to let someone else take the lead. I am a natural leader so this takes intentional submission on my part. I must intentionally look to Christ, who always demonstrated what He asked of His disciples and thus what He asked of me.

I want to be intentional to follow.

“The Spirit of God lives within every Christ follower. He equips us for each task as we yield to His leading. When God prompts us to do something on His behalf, He is faithful to lead the way and to bless our obedience – for His own glory. It’s all about His glory. He simply wants our willingness and our obedience.” {Gwen Smith, Broken into Beautiful}

Consider what Jesus did as He washed the disciples feet.

Foot washing

First Jesus “poured water into the basin and began to wash the disciples feet” (John 13:5). First, Jesus demonstrated.Then He explained, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will after this” (13:7). Last He instructed.  “If I then, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” (13:14-15).

He does not ask of us what He has not yet first demonstrated, explained, instructed and given us the strength to accomplish.

For He has given us example, let us be intentional to follow.

Good Friday.

Sitting here knowing that He who knew no sin would take up a cross and carry it for me; for you; for ALL.

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Cor. 5:21

My heart is quiet. A tear slipping occasionally.

THIS. He carried the cross. He took our sin. He took our burden. He paid our ransom! THIS is love so amazing!

He became sin  Who knew no sin  That we might become His righteousness  He humbled Himself and carried the cross  Love so amazing  Love so amazing Chris Tomlin~ Jesus Messiah

He became sin
Who knew no sin
That we might become His righteousness
He humbled Himself and carried the cross
Love so amazing
Love so amazing
Chris Tomlin~ Jesus Messiah

And when we consider His instruction in Matthew 16:24

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

Let us remember.

He does not ask of us what He has not yet first demonstrated, explained, instructed and given us the strength to accomplish.

He carried the cross first.

Let us be intentional to follow.

Intentional to follow the One who gave His life.

Good Friday. I have a few tears. But I know the joy. The joy that comes with trusting, HE HAS RISEN, INDEED! MY Savior lives!

Blessings and peace this Easter sweet friend~ Jodie