17 Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, 18 “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death 19 and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”
The Wright Brothers sent a telegram to their family concerning the first ever successful flight of a powered, heavier-than-air flying machine… and that they would be home for Christmas. The family, as it turns out, only heard that Wilbur and Orville, being good cooks, would be home to prepare the Christmas turkey.
Jesus was to rise from the dead, a very important detail. But if my Messiah just told me He was about to die, at the hand of those who should have accepted and championed Him, and be crucified by enemy Romans no less, I think I’d miss that detail too. No wonder they were slow to believe on Easter Sunday.
Am I really listening to Jesus or am I missing critical details? Am I hearing and accepting His truth about me – that He loves me and would stop at nothing to rescue me for eternity, that He has a plan and purpose for me? I am so loved! Yet am I still focusing on the lesser details, or my own biases, or my own thoughts, or the enemy’s lies?
It’s time to hear the whole story from Jesus – and focus only on Him. Everything else can fall by the wayside.
Jesus, I choose today to only think on what you say about me. Help me let everything else go.
Written by Boudy Van Noppen