I’ve struggled many, many times with self-denial. By self-denial, I mean the ability to say “no” to things that I would like; sleeping in, chocolaty snacks, anything other than exercise, etc. Why? I wasn’t focused. My thoughts would wander from my personal goals. My vision became very short-sighted. I couldn’t see “the big picture.”
I thank our amazing God that He always has “the big picture” in mind. His plan of salvation, that began with the first sin in the Garden of Eden with Adam & Eve and continued through Jesus’ suffering and death on Good Friday and His resurrection on Easter, and continues on a daily basis, strengthening me and showering me with His grace and forgiveness when I fail Him.
Jesus had this in mind on the evening of His arrest in the early hours of Good Friday. He knew, in His “Godness”, that He was to be the instrument of God’s hatred of sin and our Savior from the punishment that we deserve for our waywardness from God’s holiness. In Luke 22, we find Jesus not trying to bail on God’s plan, but simultaneously showing His “humanness” and willingness to submit to what was ahead of Him. For us. “…if you are willing, take this cup away from me. Yet not my will but yours be done.”
May our Lord Jesus continue to strengthen you and keep you focused on His love and grace and mercy for you especially this Lenten season. Peace in Him.
FISHERS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Joseph Doenges
WORSHIP SUNDAY 10:00 AM
301 N. 6th Street
St. Clair, MI 48079
a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization