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John 16: 33 ” In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Jesus is the Great Overcomer… He who has defeated death, triumphed over the grave, and conquered sin, tells us in this scripture that adversity will only strengthen our spiritual backbone if we won’t give up.  Jesus, the Great Overcomer, has forged the way for us to become overcomers too…to be victors not victims…winners not wounded.

John 2: 24-25 ” Jesus did not commit Himself to them…for He knew what was in man.”

Bottom line…you can’t trust people.  They’ll say one thing, but do the opposite.  They’ll promise things they can never deliver on.  They’ll declare their love and then turn around and break your heart.  Mankind is just that…humans with lots of flaws that disappoint each other daily.  And that’s difficult when we demand perfection from those who can’t achieve it….for it leads only to disillusionment.  And we need to be careful that disillusionment doesn’t cause us to become cynical, critical, and bitter.  Bottom line…you can’t trust people – but you can trust God.  You can fully trust God with your life, your future, your everything.

John 13:18 ” I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill the scriptures: ‘He who shares My bread has lifted up his heel against Me.’ “

Jesus is predicting His betrayal by Judas in quoting  Psalm 41:9.  In the span of three short years, Jesus fulfilled each prophecy that had been written about the coming Messiah.  From His selection of the apostles…to knowing full well the impending treachery of Judas…Jesus carried out His plan and purpose wholly .

John 13:14 ” Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.”

Jesus always lead by example.  After He had washed the disciples feet, He instructed them to model what they had just witnessed.  For Jesus had demonstrated to them in simple terms what it was like to be a servant. I can imagine after three years of traveling with Jesus and witnessing countless miracles,  the disciples were feeling pretty full of themselves…so having Jesus wash their feet was probably not only confusing, but embarrassing to all of them.  But by modeling true servant hood in its unassuming and unpretentious way, Jesus illustrated humility to all mankind.

Psalm 118:22-23 ” The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.”

The story comes out of Matthew 21:42 where Jesus is quoting this Scripture to the chief priests and elders of the Temple…whom were not too happy about Him accusing them of rejecting the Messiah…namely Himself, Jesus.  Continuing in the next verse, Jesus countered with, “Therefore, I tell you that the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.”  Jesus was offering the gift of salvation to Gentiles…building His Church from those willing to accept Him as Savior.  And as Believers in Christ, we are the Church.   To paraphrase Ephesians 2:20, We the Church, are  God’s people,  built on the foundation of all  martyred  apostles and prophets,  with Jesus being the chief cornerstone.

Deuteronomy 26:18 ” And the Lord has declared this day that you are His people, His treasured possession as He promised, and that you are to keep all His commands.”

Later, in Titus 2:14 it says, “Who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people who are His very own, eager to do what is good.”  If as a Believer, we could fully grasp just how valued and cherished we are in the Lord’s sight, we would be radically changed.  But we can grasp it in a fashion.  Jesus Christ died in our place on that Cross…taking upon Himself our sins,  in order that we may have a pathway to God.  You want to know  how precious you are to the Lord?  Take a look at His hands and feet…He willingly endured that for you.

Mark 10:16 ” And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them.”

The persistent crowds followed Jesus wherever  He went…pressing close and clamoring for attention.  But in this Scripture we see a completely different picture of the Lord.  He’s holding little ones on His lap…taking the time to hug and cuddle babies and toddlers…seemly unaware of the crowds around Him.  Jesus was practicing the gift of unhurried joy.  Of taking the time to show someone just how important they are with no regard to time, schedules, or deadlines.  Our greatest gift to someone we love, is unhurried time with them…calm, peaceful, focused time – not glancing at our watches or phones, but rather at them.  Who in your life today needs to receive the gift of your unhurried time?