Monday, 21 February 2022
“When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.” -Luke 22:14
Walking with Jesus was never a dull day for the disciples. Life seemed to have taken
an exciting turn for them—the blind healed, the lame walked, the hungry fed were a few of the miracles the disciples witnessed. Even though they had seen all these great wonders, their hearts could not really comprehend the purpose of their Master’s life.
Today’s scripture reading is a very important moment in their lives where they would be hearing words that would change their lives forever. As Jesus’s disciples, you and I need an encounter to have a fresh vision of God to help continue in our Christian walk.
-For which, he will bring us to a place to rest:
To speak privately to us: [V.14] If you look through the scripture, God called men like Abraham, Moses away from the crowd because He wanted to reveal himself to them. We read about how God called Abraham out alone to look at the stars to tell him what He could do through one life (Genesis 15:5). He reveals himself to Moses while alone in the wilderness as ‘I AM’ (Exodus 3:2) telling him that He would be sent to free his people. In today’s scripture we see how Jesus beautifully planned the Passover meal so that he could spend some special moments with the disciples alone (vs 13). In our lives He allows certain seasons for us to pass through alone whereby no one but He is with us to commune with. It could be a season of pain or loneliness, loss or suffering. In such times may God give us the grace and wisdom to understand that He has called us into it to reveal Himself to us and help us get back to our first love as Hosea 2:14 says (The MSG) “And now, here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to start all over again. I’m taking her back out into the wilderness where we had our first date, and I’ll court her. I’ll give her bouquets of roses. I’ll turn Heartbreak Valley into Acres of Hope. She’ll respond like she did as a young girl, those days when she was fresh out of Egypt.” Are you in such a season dear child of God? Be encouraged that as you leave behind this season you’ve moved forward with a clearer vision and deeper understanding of who God is and who you are in Him.
To remind us of His Covenant made to us-[vs 20] He not only reveals Himself to us, but He makes a covenant with us to help us, all through life to remember the One who called us out of slavery and bondage into a covenant relationship of sonship. We read in the Old Testament how God established a blood covenant through the sacrifice of an animal. The shed blood was then sprinkled on the people, thus they were accepted on God’s Holy standard and not on man’s work (Ref. Exodus 24:8).
Jesus fulfilled this in Himself when He established a New Covenant through His blood for all who draw to Him in faith (Luke 22:20).
It is by this one act we are united with Christ, we who have been far away from God, have been bought near to Him through the blood of Christ (Ref. Eph. 2:13). This was a privilege only for the Jews, but today Christ bought us with His blood and by the price He paid, the good things that came to Abraham and his descendants have come to us who are not Jews, according to Gal. 3:13-15.
Halleluiah! What a Saviour!
The next time we partake of the “Lord’s Table” may we remember the price He paid to bring us to this standing.
Quote for the day: "Often in the midst of great problems we stop short of the real blessing God has for us, which is a fresh vision of who He is." - Anne Graham
Listen: ‘Be Thou my vision’