Jesus Is: Week 2 - Day 1

Opening Prayer:

Lord, throughout this Holy Week leading up to Easter help us remember your supreme act of selfless love for everyone of us.  May our lives today reflect this love.  Amen

Read: Galatians 3:26-28 (NIV)

 “So, in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

 

Reflect:

As we enter into this very special week, we have a two-fold focus to reflect on this past weekend’s sermon on the influential Jesus and to think about how Jesus spent his last week leading up to his death on the cross, giving us a model of influential and selfless Christ-like living. The above Scripture reflects an attitude that was communicated in his last days before his crucifixion.  The night before he was crucified, his prayer showed his desire for us……. 

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that 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.” (John 17:20-21 NIV)

 His desire is that we (Christians) be one.  This means when we look at others around us, we don’t see division over age, color, gender, political affiliation, religion, or deeply ingrained prejudices. Jesus associated with all kinds of people with love for their eternal souls. (For us could this means even old fashioned or new worship styles, music, tattoos, body piercings, ???)

 

Apply:

If we are going to follow Christ’s desire that we all be one faith, let’s internalize a thought from a friend of mine who often quotes from Rick Warren, “It’s not about here, it’s not about now, it’s not about me.” (Purpose Driven Life)  Focus on God, not self or my wants.  Pray for insights to identify personal prejudices and preferences that divide us and look at others through the eyes of Jesus.

Closing Prayer:

Father, help me “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

(Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV) In your son’s name. Amen

Terry Schneider