Crossroad Bible Study

February 24th, 2009


Posted by johncatmur in Uncategorized  Tagged Luke 22:1-46

 I found hope in the fact that Jesus really suffered under the emotional pressure of everything that was going on around him.  And that an angel came and ministered to him…was great. I was feeling pretty down yesterday and to think that God  cares for me in the midst of that and provides the same resources was really comforting.  God spoke through his word.

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  1.    Anna S said,

    on February 25th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I’ve also been feeling pretty down over the last few days. On one hand – desperately wanting to be able to trust God wholeheartedly with stuff going on around me, and on the other hand – falling far short of that. Which frustrates me! Sometimes I find the tension in the ‘Now and Not Yet’ of the Kingdom unfathomable.

    Yesterday the bit in 2 Corinthians 4 about jars of clay popped into my head, and I found it immensely comforting. Here’s verses 5-18 (Message) …

    Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.

    If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!

    We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life. Just like the psalmist who wrote, “I believed it, so I said it,” we say what we believe. And what we believe is that the One who raised up the Master Jesus will just as certainly raise us up with you, alive. Every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise!

    So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.

  2.    Hannah Venable said,

    on March 3rd, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Anna and John,

    It is strange to think that somehow sharing in Christ’ suffering is actually an encouraging thing. It doesn’t feel very encouraging. But I do agree that it is comforting.

    Anna, thanks for those verses from the Message. They really ministered to me.


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