April 14 – Maundy Thursday – Drawing Closer

“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die.” John 12:32-33 (NASB)

Many of Jesus’ teachings during the days just before his crucifixion were given to His disciples. Other things He told the crowds of people. Today’s verse is found in John’s record. Jesus said that His soul was troubled because of the impending weight of what He was to do. God the Father in and audible voice confirms the glory that will result from the obedience of His Son Jesus. John records how Jesus was revealed the kind of death He knew He was going to suffer and what effect it will have on those who learn of it. Well, isn’t it true that when we heard about Jesus dying on the cross for us it drew us to Him and we believed in Him as our Savior? And even today when we think of Him dying on the cross doesn’t it draw us to Him in love. Let’s think of Jesus dying on the cross. Let’s think of Him often these days especially and each time we think of Him let’s allow Him to draw us closer and closer to Himself. That was His desire the day He died. It is His desire today.


March 12 –  Getting a Needed Lift

“I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my enemies rejoice over me.” – Psalm 30:1 (NASB)

Extol: to praise highly, when used of God: GLORIFY.
When was the last time you “extolled” God or anyone else? Is it common for us to think that we have enemies trying to rejoice over us? As we look around the world we find that there are more than plenty enemies – perhaps not as King David did in his time but we do have adversaries. Enemies have been after our joy and our peace since the very beginning. David writes that he will ‘extol’ the Lord. This is another way of giving ‘praise’ to God. The original Hebrew word for extol, which is used most often in the Old Testament means “high and lifted up, to exalt.” The psalmist declares that God has lifted him up above his enemies so that they have no opportunity to rejoice over his defeat. That has a different meaning than the lifting up by extolling. It speaks of being lifted by someone out of difficult or dangerous circumstance. Our enemies can be both physical and spiritual and for either, its best for us to call on God extolling His name, lifting His name while we ask for help and safety from those who threaten us.