Tuesday, March, 29, 2016 2:00 AM
When we face suffering, we can look to Jesus’ example. As His mind was filled with the coming cross, Jesus sought out His Father, and the Father once again affirmed Him with words of love. In the presence of Peter, James, and John, Jesus was transfigured into His heavenly body, momentarily, and the Father audibly said:
“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him” (Matt. 17:5).
As a human, Jesus must have been acutely aware of the physical and emotional pain that lay before Him. He would be falsely accused, face an unjust trial, and then be cruelly beaten and crucified. Ultimately, He would rise from the dead, but between that victory and Jesus’ present lay a road full of suffering. This was no easy thing for Him to face, as is so clear in His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane (see Matt. 26:36–46).
In those moments, Jesus faced a greater personal need than ever before. His response to that need is an example to us. He chose to climb the mountain for a special encounter with His Father.
There, enveloped by the Father and the Spirit, Jesus received a fresh revelation of love and a fresh resolve to walk forward in the power of the Spirit. By drawing closer to the Father and receiving His loving affirmation, Jesus received the strength He needed to continue forward in faith, trusting in the goodness of His Father.
This was how Jesus lived His life—not just when the cross loomed large but at all times. We see this in His persistent choice to get alone with His Father and cultivate their love relationship (see Matt. 14:23; Mark 1:35; 6:46; Luke 5:16; 6:12; John 6:15).
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I wrote it because I want you to experience the deep love that your heavenly Father has for you. Living from this reality as a much loved son or daughter, you can rest in a confident connection with Him and experience abundant living and lasting freedom.
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Be blessed, my friends.