As you focus your heart and mind on Jesus suffering and death today…
I want to ask – an important Good Friday question.
How do you see Him?
Pleading and praying in the Garden of Gethsemane?
“My Father, if it is possible, do not give me this cup of suffering. But do what you want, not what I want.” Matthew 26:39
Broken and bleeding on the cross?
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them because they don’t know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34
Preaching and teaching followers on a hillside?
“They are blessed who realize their spiritual poverty, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.” Matthew 5:3
Being baptized in the Jordan River?
As soon as Jesus was baptized, He came up out of the water. Then heaven opened, and He saw God’s Spirit coming down on Him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love, and I am very pleased with Him.” Matthew 3:16–17
As an almost teen, amazing teachers in the Temple?
They found Jesus sitting in the Temple with the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. All who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and answers. Luke 2:46–47
Giving life to a dead man?
He went up and touched the coffin, and the people who were carrying it stopped. Jesus said, “Young man, I tell you, get up!” Luke 7:14
Forgiving and giving hope to a Samaritan woman?
The woman said, “I know that the Messiah is coming.” (Messiah is the One called Christ.) “When the Messiah comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus said, “I am He—I, the one talking to you.” John 4:25–26
In the street triumphantly entering Jerusalem past cheering crowds?
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Jesus, shouting, “Praise God! God bless the One who comes in the name of the Lord! God bless the King of Israel!” John 12:13
Welcoming and blessing playful children?
Then Jesus took the children in His arms, put his hands on them, and blessed them. John 10:16
Protecting a woman caught in adultery?
He raised up and said, “Anyone here who has never sinned can throw the first stone at her.” John 8:7
Surrounded by hurting ill people waiting for miracles?
But the people learned where Jesus went and followed Him. He welcomed them and talked with them about God’s kingdom and healed those who needed to be healed. Luke 9:11
Washing His disciples’ feet?
Then He poured water into a bowl and began to wash the followers’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him. John 13:5
Feeding 5,000 with 5 loaves of bread and a couple fish?
All the people ate and were satisfied. Then the followers filled twelve baskets with the leftover pieces of food. There were about five thousand men there who ate, not counting women and children. Matthew 14:20:21
Transfigured and talking to Moses and Elijah?
While they watched, Jesus’ appearance was changed. His clothes became shining white, whiter than any person could make them. Then Elijah and Moses appeared to them, talking with Jesus. Mark 9:2–4
Toppling tables in the Temple courtyard?
Jesus went into the Temple and threw out all the people who were buying and selling there. He turned over the tables of those who were exchanging different kinds of money, and He upset the benches of those who were selling doves. Jesus said to all the people there, “It is written in the Scriptures, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer.’ But you are changing it into a ‘hideout for robbers.’” Matthew 29:12–13
Greeting Mary as she weeps for her brother?
When Jesus saw Mary crying and the Jews who came with her also crying, He was upset and was deeply troubled. John 11:33
Laughing with friends at the Wedding in Cana?
There was a wedding in the town of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and His followers were also invited to the wedding. John 2:1–2
Resurrected from death?
The angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus, who has been crucified. He is not here. He has risen from the dead as He said He would. Come and see the place where His body was. Matthew 28:5–6
Showing His hands and side to Thomas?
“Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have a living body as you see I have.” Luke 24:39
Calming the storm or walking on the sea?
Jesus answered, “Why are you afraid? You don’t have enough faith.” Then Jesus got up and gave a command to the wind and the waves, and it became completely calm. Matthew 8:26
Between three and six o’clock in the morning, Jesus came to them, walking on the water. Matthew 14:25
Ascending into heaven?
After the Lord Jesus said these things to His followers, He was carried up into heaven, and He sat at the right side of God. Mark 16:19
Sitting on the throne?
Then the twenty-four elders bow down before the One who sits on the throne, and they worship him who lives forever and ever. They put their crowns down before the throne and say:
“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
because you made all things.
Everything existed and was made,
because you wanted it.” Revelations 4:10–11
Sitting beside you?
“I will be with you always, even until the end of this age.” Matthew 28:20
How do you see Him?
For almost 2000 years people have tried to capture Him in words, art, and film. But outside of the words of Scripture, the important thing is not how He is portrayed, but how you and I see Him.
It may vary, depending on the time, place, your needs or circumstances . . . but no question is more important. Today is the perfect day to ask yourself…
How do I see Jesus?
As the Messiah?
Then the high priest asked Him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” Jesus said, “I Am. And you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Mark 14:61-62
As the Son of God?
Jesus did many other miracles in the presence of His followers that are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Then, by believing, you may have life through His name. John 20:30–31
As the Light of the World?
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12
As the Good Shepherd?
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices His life for the sheep.” John 10:11
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. John 11:25
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. John 14:6
May your weekend be filled with His blessings and love as you prayerfully ponder who He is to you. May you see Him as the lover of your soul. The One who gave Himself to give you life . . . abundant life now and forever.
Please join me again next week for Faith ‘n Friends Link Party. I’m taking a sabbath from it this week as we focus on Jesus sacrifice and victory.
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