Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:33 AM

March 6, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:33 AM
Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:33 AM

John 10:14-15

Have you ever wondered how long it took Jesus and his disciples to, in a sense, get to know each other – to form some opinions about each other – to become friends to some degree? As their three year “walk to Jerusalem” neared its conclusion, were they friends when they arrived? As well, how long did it take the disciples to get to know each other – to become friends?

Lots of questions surface as we embark on our journey to Jerusalem and a cross. In today’s verses, Jesus was trying to help the disciples (more than two years after their journey together had begun!!!) understand who he really was. He talked about sheep and their shepherd. He described himself as a “Good Shepherd” who truly knew each one of the sheep in his flock. He suggested that each of those sheep knew who he was, too.

As we begin this Lenten walk, on this first day let’s begin by analyzing our own relationship with Jesus. We rarely find the time needed to accurately describe our relationship with Jesus. Most of us are too busy to explore the relationship, and quite ready to live with what’s worked in the past. To prime your thinking, here are some samples that might describe your current relationship to Jesus Christ. 

 …know him as a key biblical figure
 …someone I think about in church
 …a name with which I close my prayers
 …the most unusual person I’ve ever heard about
 …can’t wait to meet him in Heaven some day
 …someone I think about at school or work
 …a friend on whom I can count on this earthly journey
 …someone I sing about in some of the hymns when in a worship service
 …not close – wish I knew him better
 …I talk to Jesus every day
 …if I lived a better life, I’d feel better about our relationship
 …once in a while, I actually feel like I can talk with Jesus
 …just can’t find the time to think about him much
 …someone I think about at home
 …I can tell Jesus anything – and know it’s safe
 …Jesus is the best friend I have 

Think carefully about your feelings regarding Jesus as you begin your walk to Jerusalem. Make room for a pause in your busy life to reflect on who you are, and who God is. Also remind yourself that no matter what your feelings are, Jesus wants you to walk with him, even all the way to the cross

 Heavenly Father, as I begin this Lenten walk, help me to know You and Your Son, in a deeper, more intimate way.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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