July 23, 2016
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
Quote of the Week
With Jesus present, all is well, nothing seems difficult. But without Jesus, everything becomes hard. When Jesus does no communicate heart to heart no comfort really reaches us. But when Jesus speaks even a single word, we sense great consolation. Remember what happened to Mary Magdalene? Weeping, she responded immediately when martha said to her, “The Master’s here and He wants you to come.” (John 11:28)
Happy the hour when Jesus calls us from tears of joy! Without Jesus we end up dry and hard. How foolish and proud to desire anything but Jesus! The loss of Jesus cannot compare with the loss of the whole world.” (Excerpt from The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a’Kempis (Translation by Don Demaray). Book II Chapter 8. “Close Friendship with Jesus.”)
Note to Readers. For the next season of Saturdays ahead I will be sharing excerpts from this book, one of the most significant writings in Christian history, and likely the second best selling book of all time next to the Bible itself.
In case you are just joining us, each week we share in an exercise called “The Sixth Day Exercise.” As Genesis 1 has it, God created human beings in his own image on the sixth day. Genesis 3 shows us the desecration of the image of God in our race which has only compounded itself across the centuries. It’s why the Image Bearer himself, Jesus Christ, came. His life, death, resurrection and ascension reversed the curse of sin and death and created a pathway whereby our broken race could be made gloriously whole again; restored to the Creator’s intent. Paul put it this way:
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22.
Given we were made on the Sixth Day, it makes sense that we might stop and assess how it’s going on the long journey of being “remade” on each successive sixth day.
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J.D. Walt serves as Seedbed’s Sower in Chief. firstname.lastname@example.org.