“Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34).
Jesus pleaded, at the time of surrendering His life to God, “Father forgive them” for those who had insulted Him, wounded and handed Him over to the death in the cross. Amidst difficult situation and in the midst of agony, Jesus could forgive those who were the cause for those tribulations and this made Jesus great.
“Then He said to them, ‘My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with me” (Mathew 26:38).
Jesus asked His disciples to stay there and watch with Him. But the disciples failed to do so and rather slept. Seeing this, Jesus told Peter “What! Could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mathew 26:40, 41).
“Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready” (Luke 22:12).
Jesus Christ asked His disciples to make ready an upper room for the purpose of preparing Passover. When they asked Him where the upper room should be, He said, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters. Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?” Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready.” So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover (Luke 22:10-13).
MAKE USE OF!
"That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us" (II Timothy 1:14).
Paul the Apostle writes an important counsel not only to Timothy but also to you all. There is a good thing in you and at the same time, the Holy Spirit is also in you. Protect the good thing which has been graciously given to you through the Holy Spirit which is also within you.
"Redeem....the time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:16).
Every second is a gracious gift given by God to you. You can never regain the time you have lost. Whatever the efforts are, the water which has come out of the dam can never get back. So, make use of the time.
SO THAT YOU ESCAPE!
"Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light" (Ephesians 5:14).
Either you have to choose to sleep or you have to opt to maintain a relationship with Christ. Either you have to choose the life of luxury or choose the presence of God. You have to choose the way of receiving the grace of God or you have to go for a fast asleep.
SO THAT YOU RECEIVE!
"God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it" (I Corinthians 10:13).
God will make a way of escape from temptation. In the English version of the Scripture, it is clearly written as 'make the way of escape.' When the situation makes you feel that there is no way to escape, God will protect you by creating a new way to escape, which you would not have thought.
"Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it" (I Corinthians 9:24).
The Christian life is similar to that of a race run on a track. There, the first comer will be the winner. But in this Christian race, not only the first comer but also all those who complete the race will receive prizes. Your run should be completed successfully. You should run in Jesus Christ in accordance with the Scripture.
"Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them and you will have them" (Mark 11:24).
God is one not only to hear and answer your prayer but also one to give a sweet promise to answer the prayer and to make a covenant with you in this regard.
"But he was sad at this word and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions" (Mark 10:22).
One young man sidelined Jesus Christ and chose his wealth and so went away sorrowful. Indeed he was fine when he came to Jesus. He came running to Jesus and asked: "Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?" (Mark 10:17). “He came running,” says the Scripture.
TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU!
"The gates of Hades shall not prevail against it" (Mathew 16:18).
If we look at the waves standing in the shore, we can see numerous big waves coming to the shore furiously. But, once on reaching the shore, they seem to be bound to some divine power and they go back to the sea. Though thousands of waves reach the shore, God has fixed a boundary for them and they do not cross over the same to prevail against men.
LEARN FROM ME!
"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls" (Mathew 11:29).
Christ will provide you with divine rest when you accept His yoke on your souls.
In the olden days, people used the bulls to plough the fields or to pull the carts. In order to tie the two bulls together a cylindrical and lengthy log of wood would be placed on their necks. This is called a yoke. The bulls used for the purpose should be of the same strength and same age. Only then the cart will run smoothly and steadily,
BE OF GOOD CHEER!
"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me" (Mathew 11:29).
How to lead a holy life? How to learn this? Yes. You have to learn holiness from Jesus. The entire life of Jesus was holy. He lived like a man like us with flesh and blood. He was tested in every way as we are tested. Yet, He was sinless and holy.
PUT YOUR TRUST!
"Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well. And the woman was made well from that hour" (Mathew 9:22).
Sickness makes a man’s life weary. It spoils the peace in the family, impairs the health and also fatigues the mind. The Scripture says that a woman had been grievously suffering from a flow of blood for twelve years.
EAT AND GET STRENGTHENED!
"Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him" (Psalm 2:12).
The Coming of Christ will divide people into two groups. One will be those who put their trust on God and thereby will be meeting Him when He comes in, as blessed people. The other group is those who ignore Him and thereby will be left helpless and will be caught in the hands of Antichrist ultimately.
"Moreover He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll and go, speak to the house of Israel" (Ezekiel 3:1).
When you read the verses in the Scripture, they go into your soul as solid food. The Lord told Ezekiel the prophet, “Eat this scroll and go, speak to the house of Israel.” Before reaching the people and talking to them about God, it is essential for you to consume His verses as food. It is the one which provides you with strength and vitality.
"And nothing of theirs was lacking, either ..... David recovered all" (I Samuel 30:19).
Once, David came across a very big calamity. When he came to his native town, he found it to be burnt and his wife and children had been taken into captivity. Having lost everything, David was lamenting. "Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept until they had no more power to weep" (I Samuel 30:4).
" For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the Lord our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him?" (Deuteronomy 4:7).
If you resolve to worship, praise and exalt God so that He always stays near you, His divine presence will surround you for the whole day; the presence of God will go ahead of you. You will be the most blessed among the entire mankind.
ABIDE IN HIM!
"Go up and possess it, ........ do not fear or be discouraged" (Deuteronomy 1:21).
"Possess it" is the counsel of God. God will give you the place on which He has placed you, as your inheritance. He has promised. God has promised, "Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours".
“And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming” (I John 2:28)
Paul the Apostle points out two things for which you have to abide in God. One is that you should not get ashamed and the other is that you should be bold.