One of the temptations we face in our familiarity with the stories surrounding the crucifixion is that we can easily remove ourselves from them. We look at the betrayal in shock. We see Peter warming himself by the fire and are mortified at his denial, asking, “How could Peter do that!?” The truth is much darker. There have been times when we have been hesitant to share our faith. There have been times when we watered down our witness to make us more likeable. There have been times we knew what we should do and didn’t do it. Don’t forget that you are found in the story and Jesus went to the cross for you. No matter how close we are to Christ, we still need the cross.
- Do you readily recognize your need for more of Jesus today?
- Do you readily recognize your need for ongoing transformation into the image of Christ?
- Do you find yourself uttering the words of the Pharisee, “I am glad I am not like those sinners?”
- Do you believe the sacrifice of Jesus, which has destroyed the power of ALL sin has the power to bring you freedom from YOUR sin?
A Prayer: Father, forgive me for the times I have forgotten my own need for ongoing transformation. There is more to relationship with you than typing an “amen” to a Facebook post. I want to know you more today and be transformed by your Holy Spirit. Thank you for your sacrifice on the cross. Father, I belong to you.
Rev. Terry Weyman – Lead Pastor – Greenville First Church of the Nazarene – Greenville, SC