And He looked at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart. (Mark 3:5)
I really wonder how Jesus looks at me. I am sure that there are times when He has been angry with me. His anger is His righteous indignation against my sin. I don’t think He was really angry at me — although He should have been — but I know that He was angry at my sins. However, He could have been angry at me for my continued hard-heartedness toward Him. All I can do now is to be broken and to trust Him for HIs grace which He has promised to give me.
I know there were many times that He was grieved. He loves Me so much. I know I have hurt Him on many occasions. I am so sorry, Jesus. Please forgive me and give me the strength to deny myself, take up my cross and follow You.
It is hard to understand how much He loves me. There are times when I have not been in any real relationship with Him. I have even been a prodigal son at times during seasons of my life. I left my Father to pursue worldly things. Hopefully now I have come to my senses.
How easy it is for us to substitute other things for a relationship with Jesus. We can live for these things and even allow them to control our lives. We lack self-control and become blind and stubborn. I have again realized what a selfish, self-centered person I am. O Jesus, please forgive me. It is time for me to do a radical examination of my life.
During these dry periods in my life, I seemed to loose hope. But then I come back to the truth of the gospel. Through the gospel I have a sure and steadfast hope.
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner-place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:19-20)
I have a sure and steadfast anchor of my soul. In the rocky waters, I have security in my Jesus. Whatever the storm, I am settled in Him. He is the anchor of my soul. Nothing can separate me from His love.
I have a sure and steadfast hope in my Jesus. This gives me peace about the uncertain future. All is well because Jesus is my great High Priest. He is the stronghold of my life. He is my peace. He has entered into the inner-place behind the curtain, the Holy of Holies!
I have a High Priest who intercedes for Me. Jesus defends me before the throne in spite of all the accusations Satan throws against me. He assures the Father that I am His. He shows HIs hands and feet to prove that He has redeemed me from all my sins. And, He prays for me.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the One who died — more than that, who was raised — who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. (Romans 8:31-35)
There are times when we all grieve Jesus. Jesus indeed becomes angry over our sins and the hardness of our hearts. When I realize this fact, I am grieved also. This grief is what leads us to brokenness. Brokenness leads us to the cross where we find love beyond all measure and grace that heals us. God is the one who justifies us — grants pardon to us and declares that we are holy, solely on the basis of the work of our Savior! The gospel turns our grief into pure joy. And Jesus is there — at the right hand of the Father interceding for us continuously!
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