Read it! John 19
When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
Think it through
I can’t read through the Gospel of John, thinking about perspectives, without pondering Jesus’ perspective from the cross.
He looked down. He saw his mother, his disciples, his friends, and his loved ones. He cared for them. He saw his killers, and he asked God for their forgiveness.
He looked to either side. He saw two criminals. He encouraged the one who would let him: “Today you will be with me in paradise.”
He looked up. He talked to His Father, who I believe heard and loved his son despite the separation brought on by burden of sin he bore. Then he surrendered his spirit into the Father’s hands.
And through it all, he had the perspective of heaven. Even though he was experiencing things beyond my imagining, he knew the people perpetrating it had no power over him (verse 11). He knew that everything had now been finished so that the scriptures would be fulfilled (verse 28).
He knew that God would win in the end.
Live it like you mean it
Christ had a perspective like no other, one we can’t hope to match, but one we can emulate. He saw, he cared, he encouraged, and he prayed.
This week, let’s look around us and see. See loved ones. See the lost. See those who are joyful, and those who are struggling.
For this week’s challenge, go out of your way to make direct eye contact with each person you encounter. Do your best to see them and let them know they’ve been seen. Make direct eye contact with them, smile, and lift them up to the Father. I’ll join you.
And while we do it, we’ll know that God will win in the end.
Lift it up
Jesus, you are amazing, beyond my comprehension. That you would go through such pain and be thinking of others, praying for others… Savoir, we are not worthy. I am not worthy. Please help me to see others as You see them and lift them to the Father just like You did. All my love. Amen.
Tell Me About It
How much eye contact do you make with cashiers, waiters, and other “fly-by” people in your life? Will this challenge be easy for you, or difficult?
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