TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, April 18, 2019:
Serious attention; to devote great care; to be concerned.
And He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be troubled and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.
My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, and from the words of My groaning?
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
When God sent Jesus into this world He came in human flesh. Jesus is both God and man. As a man He shares in our human feelings. Jesus got hungry, He felt pain and sorrow. The writer of Hebrews tells us Jesus is able to sympathize with our weaknesses because He was in all points tempted as we are (Hebrews 4:15). He cried when His friend Lazarus died (John 11:32-36). This gives us a clue into how God must feel about our friends when they die because He also loved them as we did.
In the Garden the night before His crucifixion, Jesus did not pray, “Oh, Lord, I am grateful that You have chosen Me to suffer on Your behalf.” No, He experienced sorrow, fear, abandonment, even desperation. Hebrews tells us that Jesus appealed with, “loud cries and tears to His Father who was able to save Him from death” (5:7). But He did not spare His own Son.
Is it too much to say that Jesus Himself asked the question that haunts us: DOES GOD CARE? What else can the meaning of His quotation from the Psalm 22:1 --- “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?” (Mark 15:34).
Jesus endured His pain because He knew that His Father is a God of love who can be trusted regardless of how things appear to be.
Jesus death on the cross is the ultimate demonstration that the answer to the question “DOES GOD CARE?” is a resounding YES! Why did God not spare His own Son? Because God cares for us. Why did Jesus endure the cross? Because Jesus cares for us.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Matthew 28:6.
He is not here, for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Thank You God for not sparing Your only Son. Thank You Jesus for caring so much that You endured all the suffering of dying on the cross to give us eternal life in Heaven where there will never be suffering or pain. Make this Easter weekend a special weekend for each of us as we celebrate Your death and resurrection.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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