Already forgiven for tomorrow – brian’s life journal 1.24.11

31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

33 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”

34 Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”

-Luke 22

observation
Jesus is predicting Peter’s betrayal here, and at first I read right past this. But then I came back. Not to verse 34, but verse 32. Jesus says, “when you have turned back,” as if it’s not a big deal that Peter will fall away.
Because it’s not a big deal. Not like Peter thought, anyway. Jesus already knows the end from the beginning. And He got up on the cross, took the pain, on behalf of Peter (and everyone else). He continued with the plan, knowing that at the same time He would be paying for the sins of humanity, one of His closest followers would be deserting Him. And here Jesus hints that, though this will happen, Peter is already forgiven, and has a calling to serve the Kingdom after and beyond that sin.

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Jesus is excited to hang out with you – Brian’s life journal 1.23.11

Luke 22:15-20 NIV

And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you….”

OBSERVATION
Jesus was excited to eat the Passover feast with the disciples. Not for the good food. Not even just for the fellowship. But because the Passover was a “shadow” of the coming sacrifice of the Messiah that would end all sacrifice. He was excited to spend this feast with them and know that the promise in this observance would be fulfilled in less than a day. It was His promise in the first place, and now, He would come through, and make good on the promise. That is exciting! Because the promise is that when the Lamb is slain, and you cover your self/soul/life in the blood, death will pass over you. You will be the Lord’s and you will not die!

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Burning like the bush – Brian’s life journal 1.22.11

Exodus 3:2, 5 NIV

There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

observation
I see three things here.
1. The LORD is present= holy ground.
2. The bush is on fire.
3. The fire of the LORD does not burn up the bush, but it is definitely on fire.

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God might make you unpopular – Brian’s life journal 1.6.11

Luke 6:22-23, 26 NIV

Blessed are you when people hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil,
because of the Son of Man. “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.

Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,
for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.

OBSERVATION
Blessed when people hate me and woe (cursing, danger) when everyone likes me? That sounds messed up. But Jesus said that’s what happened to the prophets, everyone hated them. And they even killed some of them. And Jesus says people liked what the false prophets had to say. I guess some people don’t want to hear God’s word.

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