Posted by: Larry Hoekman | September 20, 2018

Luke — There’s a Difference!

Day 3164: Headed out to do a little camping! Grandkids coming to visit!

Scripture:  The centurion, seeing what had happened during the crucifixion, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went awayBut all those who knew Him, including the women who had followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things. Luke 23:47-49

Thoughts/questions: Reactions to Jesus are many and varied. In today’s verses, onlookers didn’t like what they saw, expressed frustration, and left. However, there was a distinct difference in the reaction of those who knew Jesus. Although not a perfect reaction, they hung in there and stayed with Jesus!

As Christ followers, sometimes we don’t realize that there IS a difference in our lives as well. Jesus has changed us, but because we live with ourselves, there are times when we don’t recognize how much we’ve changed. Our reactions are also often not perfect either, but we too hang in there and stay with Jesus. We don’t just walk away from Him.

So today, give yourself a break! Jesus doesn’t condemn us, and we should not be in the business of condemning ourselves either!

Suggested Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for forgiving and forgiving and forgiving . . .

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