Friendship - Wednesday, January 9th 2013
"Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, "They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and I don't know where they have put him!" Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple outran Peter and got there first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side. Then the other disciple also went in, and he saw and believed--"
Something that stands out in this scripture is the different words used for "saw". The first Greek word "blepo" used in verse five means to see. The second word for saw in verse seven is "theoreo" which means to understand. It is where we get our word for theory. The third word for saw used in verse eight is "eido" which means to know. Where are you on this path? Do you know yet? Not just know in your heart, but are you living it out? Another important lesson from this passage is that John is hanging out with Peter ... after Peter's denial of Jesus.
If someone decides they are no longer going to follow Jesus, or they no longer care about Jesus then the fellowship is broken. But what about when someone slips and falls? What about when someone makes a mistake and they, like Peter, are sorry it happened? Sometimes the shame, guilt and condemnation come in like crashing waves; fracturing and wearing us down. We no longer feel like fellowshiping with other believers. I do not think it is happenstance that the very thing that will probably be used to restore us (fellowship and encouragement with other believers) is the last thing we feel like doing. Do you know of someone that is going through a hard time right now? Someone that is struggling and having a hard time getting to their feet? Then this week send an email, make a phone call and pray for that person. You may be the instrument of God's grace that will call the prodigal back home. Are you glad someone called you? Care for one another because God cares for you. God loves you and so do we!
Life Lesson: Be a friend during a hard time not just in the good times.
Thank You for the friends that I have. Help me to be a source of encouragement and love to them. Give me many opportunities to show them Your love, Your grace and Your mercy. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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