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John 9:1-2 ” As He went along, He saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked Him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ “

Jesus saw this blind beggar as an opportunity to heal a broken human being. But His disciples only saw him as a chance to debate the beggar’s situation…totally ignoring the man…they gathered around, talking about him rather than to him.  As Believers,  we love to talk about ministry work, out reach into the community, and other things we should be doing for the Lord.  We’ll debate, plan, and call together committees…always talking about but never actually getting around to doing.   The Lord is calling all of us to personal ministry…to rolling up our sleeves and ministering to that blind beggar sitting in front of us.  He wants us to stop just talking about it and start doing something.

John 13:37 ” Peter asked, ‘Lord, why can’t I follow You now? I will lay down my life for You.’ “

Jesus had just told the Disciples that where He was going, they could not follow at that time.  But impulsive Peter didn’t want to wait.  Waiting on the Lord can be maddening at times.  We think we know what to do…and so impatiently we attempt to steer the ship in that direction…only to do more harm than good.  When God says, “Not now,” we need to be able to rest in it, knowing that His timing is perfect.  And while we wait…we should strive to find delight in the delay and praise in the postponement…for it’s a chance to learn firsthand what patience and perseverance are all about.

Matthew 16:24 ” Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.’ “

It was Roman custom to have the condemned person carry the cross on which he was to suffer through the streets as a means of spectacle, humiliation, and as a deterrent for others.  But Jesus is calling us to follow Him…to purposely take up and bear that figure of shame.  For on that cross our sins were  brutally nailed…on that cross our redemption was sealed in blood.  To the Romans, the cross was a symbol of  shame…but to  Believers, it’s a symbol of salvation.

Mark 6: 48-50 ” He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night He went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, but when they saw Him walking on the lake, they thought He was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw Him and were terrified.”

In these scriptures we see the story of Jesus walking on the water and the disciples initial reaction.  The disciples had been rowing for hours…fighting the rising winds and rough water.  They were exhausted.  With heads down, they were battling to just keep moving forward.  So when Jesus approached the boat, fatigue and stress blinded them to be able to even recognize Jesus…irrationally, they imagined that it was a ghost rising from the waves.   The same thing will happen to us when we fight the storms of life alone.  Heads down, we power through, battling to keep moving ahead, but becoming more and more drained.  It’s then that the combination of stress, anxiety, and exhaustion often leads to unfounded fears that overtake us.  It’s also at that time,  we suddenly come to the end of ourselves and finally cry out, “Lord, I can’t do this!”

Mark 10:32 ” They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way…”

Jesus had been predicting His death to His Disciples… and they were fearful of traveling to Jerusalem for what they saw as imminent death of their beloved Leader.  Jesus didn’t shrink back or go into hiding…rather He had set off resolutely on the road to Jerusalem knowing full well what awaited Him.  Isaiah prophesied of this in 50:7, “…therefore I have set My face like flint…”  Jesus lead the way, going before the twelve Disciples…completely in control of the situation…not controlled by it.