Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.

On This Holy Night: What’s in a Name?

December 20th, 2017

You shall call his name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sin. Matthew 1:21

In the Bible people chose names with care. The Hebrews places far more meaning on the names they gave their children than we do today. So when it was time for God to send His son, what He would name Him became very important.

What name would He give His Son, who was to be born of a virgin, suffer under Pontius Pilate, would be crucified, dead and buried only to rise again?  What would He call Him? Instead of leaving it up to Mary & Joseph, God sent Angels to make sure they got it right. By special instructions His name was Jesus. And of all the titles given to Him, Jesus is the most beloved.

Hymn writers have memorialized the name Jesus in hymns; so many I could never name them all. If ever a name was designed to indicate something significant about a person, God knew what He was doing naming His Son Jesus. Jesus means: “Jehovah saves” or “Lord of Salvation.” And that’s exactly who He is! The angel said to Joseph, “You shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

There is no man on earth who can wipe away sins, but Jesus can. His name is above all names, and His purpose on earth set Him apart from everyone, for He saves His people from sin. Do you believe it?! Wow, what a gift.

What is the name of the Christmas baby? The name of God’s only begotten Son? The name of the One who can save us from our sins? His name is Jesus – there’s something about that name!

 

Hymns With a Message: Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

June 28th, 2017

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with the truthEphesians 6:14

Traditional hymns are filled with wonderful truths set to music. As a child I sang many over the years in the little church on the hill. Last Sunday we stood up and sang Stand Up, Stand Up as a group from the same pews.

Dudley Tyng was only 29 in 1854, the year he succeeded his father at the large Philadelphia’s Church of the Epiphany. It seemed like a good fit, but the honeymoon didn’t last once Dudley began preaching against slavery. Loud complaints resulted in his resignation in 1856.

He and his followers organized the Church of the Covenant. He began Bible studies at the local YMCA and the church grew beyond its walls. Dudley felt a calling to lead husbands and fathers to Christ and organized a great rally to reach men. Over a thousand men were converted that day.

Two weeks later while visiting the countryside, he became intrigued with a corn-thrasher in a barn. His hand moved too close to the machine and his sleeve was snared. Dudley’s arm was ripped from its socket. Four days later he lay dying, Dudley told his aged father: “Stand up, stand up for Jesus, father, and tell my brethren of the ministry to stand up for Jesus.”

Rev. George Duffield of Philadelphia’s Temple Presbyterian Church was deeply moved by Dudley’s funeral, and went home to write Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus, inspired by Dudley’s words. The song soon became a favorite and inspired many and continues to inspire today as it did me last Sunday.

Live inspired and filled with light.

I Never Thought I’d See the Day

April 20th, 2016

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. 1 Corinthians 10:23

Biblical Christians draw no distinction between secular and sacred because ALL life is sacred. But lately America has been losing that respectful viewpoint. We live in a culture where nothing is sacred anymore. When Jesus is profaned on TV shows like “The Simpsons” and “South Park,” He is reduced from Holy to a cultural characterization of crude and common. When people watch such shows the national religious and spiritual psyche is changed.

These media images can have a radical desensitizing effect. As Christians we’re personally obligated to censor what we approve, what we call entertainment, what we say and think, and what we tolerate in a supposedly moral culture. And just because something isn’t crude doesn’t mean it’s noble. Somebody doesn’t have to use profanity to use Jesus as a source of laughs and debase our Savior who saved us from sin.

I never thought I’d see the day in America when Jesus would be fair game for comedians, spoofers and even scholars who profess to believe in Him. It seems so easy today to get squeezed into the mold of this world if we do not constantly filter out the profane from what we find entertaining. We can stop waiting for the next generation’s dangerous follies to appear. They’re in our midst today.

Cultural messages are a bit like elevator music in the background. Always on. Always being absorbed into the brain. If we aren’t careful, those message, like background music are subconsciously absorbed as part of our thinking.

Our challenge is to stop being surprised by what our culture says and become more concerned about our own relationship with Jesus and what He expects from us. America is no longer the country founded on Christian values. In fact there seems to be a growing hostility towards Christians in this country. It’s time for Christians to decide who they’re going to serve: Jesus Christ the Son of God or the Jesus of the comedians, critics and cultural “Christians” who opt for the tolerant, meek and meaningless Jesus.

Damage is being done to the cause of Christ by non-Christians and pseudo-Christians alike living as if He isn’t Lord of anything. Given all that Jesus has done for us, I never thought I’d see the day when Jesus would be treated the way He is in America. It seems incredible that such demeaning, demoting, and devaluing of our Lord could happen. But it has happened and will continue to happen until He returns. What are you going to do about it?

Christmas Day: Jesus

December 25th, 2015

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21

Sometimes a name is just a name. And sometimes a name perfectly suits the person. Ancient people would choose names carefully, so as to make a lifelong statement about a person’s identity. “Jesus” is a name so familiar these days that we could easily forget it was a name with extraordinary significance. The very name an angel announced should be given to Mary and Joseph’s unborn child. And what a name! “Jesus” means “the Lord saves.” He does indeed.

None of us can save ourselves anymore than a person sinking in a rowboat can save himself by pulling up on the side of the boat. We need a savior who has the power to do just that … save us from ourselves.

But there wouldn’t be saving if there hadn’t of been a sacrifice. And there wouldn’t have been a sacrifice if there wouldn’t have been a baby named Jesus. We don’t need to wait until Good Friday and Easter Sunday to celebrate the Savior. The saving started Christmas morning with the birth of Jesus.

There’s no way Mary and Joseph could have understood all this, of course. They were obedient and named the baby Jesus, but how and when the Lord would save them remained a mystery to everyone. But not for us, on this side of the resurrection, we know the extent of the saving love of God.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Christmas: Joseph

December 9th, 2015

This is how the birth of Jesus came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. Matthew 1:18-19

I know so little about Joseph. He’s only mentioned in the birth and childhood stories of Jesus. He was named after a famous patriarch, but this Joseph was merely a carpenter who lived in the small town of Nazareth. His ancestors were from Bethlehem. Therefore when Caesar called for a census, Joseph had to take his pregnant wife and return to Bethlehem.

The most important thing I know about Joseph is that when the time called for it, he displayed great faith and grace. He found out that his fiancée’ was pregnant. Granted, Mary had the benefit of an angel to help explain her unique conception, but Joseph hadn’t been visited yet. All he had was Mary’s word. Can you imagine that talk? “Joseph, I need to talk to you. An angel told me I would get pregnant by an act of God and that I’ll carry the savior of the world.” Why would Joseph even believe her? Why did he change his initial plan to break off the relationship? What would you have done?

This Christmas think of Joseph. Think of him looking into Mary’s eyes, hearing her shocking news, knowing in his heart of hearts it’s true, and having the courage to act on that faith even though he probably had doubts. As crazy as it seemed, he believed it. As much as the idea goes against all logic and science, Joseph knew it was possible with God. Even as risky as it was to stay with Mary and be branded by others as the dupe of an immoral woman, Joseph decided to take that leap of faith.

That’s true faith in action. It wasn’t just that he trusted Mary. Joseph trusted that God could, that God might, and that God would do what He promised.

I want to share Joseph’s courage and iron-strong faith to believe that at the birth of Jesus, God really did enter this world and is still working powerfully in it.

Seeing God Across the Country: Boston

October 21st, 2015

Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path and you will find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16

The path I followed the Fourth of July weekend 2014 is marked in red. Winding its way through downtown Boston, the Freedom Trail is a 2-1/2 mile walking path linking sixteen historic landmarks. Boston has always taken in its revolutionary past. But in 1951 a local journalist came up with a revolutionary idea of his own: link significant historic sites with a pedestrian trail so that visitors like me could explore them in a self-guided tour. That’s just what the city of Boston did, and countless visitors from around the world have walked the Freedom Trail ever since.

Stops along the path include the Boston Common, the Old Statehouse, site of the Boston Massacre, the Bunker Hill Monument and the historic frigate USS Constitution. All people need to be able to do is know how to follow a red line. There are special markers in the sidewalk marking important stops along the way. I imagine before the Freedom Trail, visitors armed with maps or guidebooks might have found a few sites, but would have ended up becoming confused and/or lost in the city. The red path has made it easy for people like me.

When it comes to finding a relationship with God and a path to heaven, God made it so simple a little child could find the way. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The Freedom Trail through life and all the way to heaven was made possible by Jesus, the One who painted the red line with His own blood given for us on the cross.

I’m so grateful that I didn’t have to wander aimlessly through Boston and that He left a red trail, so clearly marked that leads to Heaven so I don’t have to wander here and there looking for the way.

To view my Boston post click here: http://emiling.com/sunday-massachusetts

All my Boston photos: http://emiling.com/photos/boston-massachusetts

The Freedom Trail Sign

The Freedom Trail Sign

Lenten Roads: Trials and Temptations

March 25th, 2015

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3

For some reason I woke up remembering a time last year I was sitting in my Maine living room reading the news about a train derailment that had taken place in Lynchburg, Virginia.

It happened right outside a restaurant and I could imagine the servers and patrons looking out of the window in horror. You may remember the story. No one was injured in the derailment and the world kept turning. (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/04/incredible-images-of-train-derailment-in-lynchburg-virginia/)

What struck me about the story was the way people dealt with this challenge showed their true character. Despite the uncertainty of the situation, according to the news people were helping others to safety, even though doing so had the potential to cost them their own lives. Everyone worked together to get all the people in the vicinity safely away.

How we act under pressure shows our faith’s true character. Despite dangers we encounter in our lives we don’t need to be afraid. We’re never alone. We can have inner peace knowing God is always with us.

You can weather life’s storms knowing Jesus knows what it’s like to be tested, and He is always with you. You can trust that God will use the trials in your life to make you stronger according to His plan for you.

Lenten Roads: Going Solo

March 18th, 2015

For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living. I trusted in the Lord when I said, “I am greatly afflicted” Psalm 116:8-10a

I might best describe my life as a series of physical, emotional and spiritual journeys. The most significant of these journeys has been as a solo traveler. The phrase, “He had to walk it by himself,” from the hymn Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley reminds me that because Jesus walked the lonesome valley we never have to feel alone.

Over the past year I’ve experienced the tension of loneliness as both burden and gift. Aloneness through the death of a loved one, and career disappointments have transformed by relationship with Jesus. In order to stay on course I realized quickly I must nurture an authentic relationship with the One whose journey leads mine.

Lonely no more, we can thank the Lord for hearing our cries and for His extravagant love. It’s with boldness and faith that enable us to trust in Him to always be there as close as the air we breathe. Have courage knowing He is ready to comfort you during this Lenten season and every season of your life.

Christmas: Jesus

December 22nd, 2014

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21

Sometimes a name is just a name, and other times the name captures someone perfectly. Long ago people would choose names carefully, so to make a lifelong statement about a person’s identity. The name “Jesus” is familiar to us today, so much so one could easily forget it was a name with extraordinary significance. The name an angel announced should be given to Mary’s unborn child. And it means, “the Lord saves.” Yes, He does!

None of us can claim that power. We needed a savior to save us from the tyranny and guilt of sin. Bethlehem was the beginning of God’s mission. We don’t need to wait until Good Friday or Easter to celebrate. Our saving began at Jesus’ birth.

Mary and Joseph probably didn’t understand all of this, of course. However, they were obedient and named the newborn Jesus, The Lord Saves. But how and when the Lord would save them was still a mystery to them. Not for us. This side of the crucifixion and resurrection, we know the extent of our Saviors love for us.

Merry Christmas everyone!

 

 

 

 

Life Lesson: What If?

November 6th, 2014

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. Hebrews 1:3

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night, your mind wandering and ponder the devastating “What If?” Everything seems more devastating in the middle of the night. And you lay there and wonder, what if I’m not pleasing to God. What if there’s a barrier between us? What if I’m not really saved?

As Christians we never have to wonder. There is never the uncertainty of being accepted, because we’re served by a loving God. Hebrews 1:3 assures us that Jesus purged our sins, and sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

Take heart, there are no more “What Ifs” for the person who has believed in Jesus Christ. Your salvation is secure. When you feel the late night tremble, remind yourself that you can trust Him because He will never fail you. Amen!

 

The Crowing Rooster: The Burden of Shame

June 18th, 2014

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. Psalm 23:5

Remember Peter the passionate, impetuous apostle that walked on water? Stepped right out of the boat on faith. But, the very same man also went into hiding, weeping from shame.

His howls were probably heard by many in Jerusalem that night. After all, just hours before he swore he would die for Jesus. And as if denying Jesus wasn’t horrific enough, he’d done it three times!

And then, Peter, decided to go fishing. Which seems weird until you realize fishing was a comfortable part of his old life. He was clearly ashamed of himself. Witnessing the empty tomb didn’t erase the shame. Christ returned, but Peter was left wondering if He could really return for a sinner like him.

Some of us have wondered the same thing. And as the rooster crows, conviction pierces because we’ve returned to the familiar behavior we boasted we were done with. “From now on I’m going to bridle my tongue.”, “I’ve learned my lesson with him/her.” “I’m not going to keep secrets anymore. I know it’s hurtful.”

We often do what comes naturally rather than spiritually. And like Jesus was waiting for Peter to come to shore, He’s waiting for us with a table prepared. Just as a shepherd prepares a pasture for his sheep in the presence of poisonous plants and/or wild animals, Jesus prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies.

The same God that prepared the Last Supper for Peter, invites us to set down our burden of shame, pick up forgiveness and join Him at His table set before us. Hallelujah! God is good.

When Mourning Comes: Burden of Grief

June 6th, 2014

Though I walk through the shadow of valley of deathPsalm 23:4a

Yesterday afternoon I entered a patient’s room and she kindheartedly handed me the obituaries. She had saved it for me because one of my patients was listed and she thought I would want to see it. As I sat on the edge of the chair I noticed the funeral had started at the very time I started reading it. And, for a moment, I resumed my slow walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

Are you passing through the same shadow? Was this website pulled up by the same hands that touched the hand of a dying friend? And the eyes that fall upon this page, have they fallen upon the face of a terminally ill loved one? Are you passing through the valley? If not, this particular devotion may seem unnecessary. However, some of us know that the black bag of sorrow is hard to bear.

It’s hard because not everyone understands your grief. They seemed to at first, but they don’t understand why you don’t bounce back after a few days. Grief lingers. As silently as a cloud slides between you and the afternoon sun, memories drift between you and joy, leaving you in a chilly shadow. No warning.

When someone you love dies, it affects you because you’re dealing with more than memories, you’re left with unlived tomorrows. You’re left with disappointment and perhaps even anger. You may want to know why. Why him/her? Why now? Only God knows the reasons behind His actions.

Though we don’t understand His ways, we can trust His heart for us. In God’s plan every life is long enough and every passing is timely. And though we may wish for more time, God knows better. Many times while we’re questioning God, the affected person is praising Him, accepting the situation.

God doesn’t want us to bury ourselves in sorrow. Denial isn’t a part of God’s grief therapy. He wants us to move through, not around, the valley of the shadow of death. And, I’m personally grateful it’s merely a shadow! Shadows don’t hurt.

Yes, we face death and it’s deeply sorrowful. But thanks to Jesus, we face only the shadow. And we can have faith that our loved ones are happy and joyous like never before. Hallelujah!

Heavenly Exchange: Burden of Guilt

May 27th, 2014

He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name sake. Psalm 23:3

One of the therapist where I work likes to organize potlucks. It’s simple, if you cook something than you get to share the meal with everyone. But, what if you don’t have your kitchen, like me? I’m not in my own kitchen, with my pots, pans and utensils right now. And they didn’t want store bought items. I had a problem. If I didn’t cook something I would be left out.

God’s planning a party, too. His will be much more impressive and we will see God! Not His works or words, but we’ll see Him! There’s only one hitch, the price of admission is somewhat steep. In order to join Him we much be righteous. Not good, not decent. Citizens of Heaven are righteous.

We are not righteous, not one of us. And God is always righteous in everything He does. If righteousness is the price to get into Heaven, what do we do about it? Carry a load of guilt? Many people do.

What if your spiritual baggage were visible? You know what we would see most of all? Suitcases of guilt. Bags bulging with binge, blowups and compromise. Look around, there may be someone you know dragging around decades of regrets for words or deeds they can’t take back.

So far in this series we’ve taken a look at the weight of weariness that pulls us down. Self-reliance that misleads us. Disappointments that discourage us. Anxiety that plagues us. But guilt? It consumes us.

So what do we do with it? We confess our needs to the Lord. Remember the potluck lunch? I talked with the woman and told her I couldn’t cook what was requested, explained my kitchen limitations and she had mercy on me. I purchased the potato salad at Hannaford and was part of the potluck. I felt great sitting with them knowing a good soul heard my plea. My contribution was a humble plea.

And because God hears our pleas, you’ll be given the same mercy and it will be better than my potluck! Jesus stood in our place and said, “Punish me for their mistakes.” And God did. Jesus died for the sins of all and gave us His righteousness.

The path to righteousness is narrow, winding trail up a steep hill. Calvary is the littered compost pile for guilt. Feel free to leave yours!

 

The Luggage of Life

April 28th, 2014

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

On my recent flight to Maine I did my best to travel light. It’s not easy when you’re going to be gone for 3 months, but I tried. Ever since I raised my three fingers and took the Girl Scout pledge to be prepared, I want to be exactly that – prepared.

I looked around, there were a lot of “prepared” travelers. They look prepared for a bar mitzvah, baby dedication or even a costume party. Many of us don’t know how to travel light. Haven’t we all been known to carry a few extra items?

Odds are, you picked up a few bags this morning on your way out the door without even thinking. The baggage I’m referring to aren’t made of fabric or leather, they’re made of burdens.

The suitcase of guilt. A sack of discontent. Maybe you draped a duffle bag of weariness on one shoulder and a hanging bag of grief on the other. A backpack of doubt and overnight bag of loneliness. No wonder you’re tired, carrying around all that luggage is exhausting.

But God will lighten our load as demonstrated in the verse above and an old favorite, Psalm 23.

Do more beloved words exist? They are hung in hospitals, scratched on prison walls, and whispered by the dying. Psalm 23 is deeply loved and widely known. Hardly a week goes by that I don’t turn to them. I recently applied them to Glen’s heart. The cancer had taken so much of his ability to eat and his strength. And, over the phone, I started, “G, The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”

By the time I got to verse 4 Glen was reciting in unison with me, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me. Your rod and Your staff comfort me.” I don’t know if Glen had his eyes open or not. But I wondered if God was helping him set down some baggage, his fears & doubts, as we recited the Psalm together.

Do you have baggage of your own? Do you think God might use Psalm 23 to lighten your load? Traveling light means to trust God with our burdens we were never intended to carry. Have you ever thought about the impact that excess baggage has on relationships? For the sake of those you love, learn to set them down. And for the sake of God, do the same.

He wants to use you, but how can He if you’re exhausted? God has plans for you! Under God’s care I’ve gone places I’d never been before and served in ways I never dreamed before. And the enemy has tried to load me down! I had to drop some baggage. How can you offer comfort if you’re disheartened? How can you lift someone’s load if your arms are full of your own?

Set it down. He is our father at the baggage claim that tells the child trying to drag the trunk from the carousel, “Set it down. I’ll carry that one.” I say, let’s take Him up on the offer. You might just find yourself traveling a little lighter and further than imagined.

P.S. Fact is, there’s still a lot about travel I find confusing. Take, for example the restrictions on a supersaver fare: half price if you leave on Wednesdays during moose-hunting season and return on the full moon in a nonelection year. Why don’t they build the whole plane out of black-box material? And I don’t know what to say to somebody in Maine who upon learning I’m from Florida asks if I know Donna Miller who lives in Notsurewhere, Florida.

 

The Preeminent One

April 24th, 2014

By Him all things were created … that in all things He may have the preeminence. Colossians 1:16-18

Wikipedia recently released a report based on Skiena and Ward’s book Who’s Bigger: Where Historical Figures Really Rank listing the ten most influential people in human history. Who tops the list? Jesus Christ, of course. Followed by Napoleon Bonaparte, William Shakespeare, Muhammad, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Adolf Hitler, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, and Thomas Jefferson.

It’s undoubtedly true that Jesus of Nazareth is the most influential person who ever lived. But here’s what’s wrong with the list. Jesus Christ is in a class all by Himself. There are no competitors, no rivals. Jesus is unique. He is Lord of all. He is King of kings, Lord of lords, the image of the invisible God. He is Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Preeminent One.

That’s amazing to contemplate. We’d be in sad shape if we had to worship Napoleon or some other name on that list. We don’t want to pray to Shakespeare. We may admire Washington and Lincoln, but they can’t give abundant life. There is only one Jesus, and He alone guides our steps, receives our worship, and gives us everlasting hope. Our Creator and Redeemer. He alone is preeminent. Hallelujah!

Disguised Disasters

April 10th, 2014

The Son of Man will die, just as the Scriptures say.  Matthew 26:2

Have you ever noticed that God’s greatest blessings often come disguised as disasters? That the darkest night comes before the brightest day? And look at Calvary. Jerusalem’s collective opinion that Friday was that Jesus is finished.  What other conclusion made sense? The religious leaders had turned him in.  Rome refused to bail him out.  His followers tucked their tails and scattered.

He was nailed to a cross and left to die, which he did.  They silenced his lips, sealed his tomb, and, Jesus died. For those of little faith, they had followed him for three years of promises only to see Him placed in a borrowed grave.  His disciples, friends and even Jesus’ enemies couldn’t find even one ray of hope for Him to get out of this one.

But God wasn’t surprised.  His plan is right on schedule.  Even in (especially in) death, Christ is still the king. He ruled over His own crucifixion so that we may have eternal life. Amen!

Suffer Like Christ

April 1st, 2014

He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.  Hebrews 5:8

The main reason Jesus died on the cross was to save us from sin.  But the New Testament also stresses the importance of His suffering as an example for us.

The Greek word for example comes from ancient school life. It refers to something written down by the teacher to be copied exactly by a child learning to write.  Christ is our copybook.  We look to Him as our teacher, and by His suffering He gave us an example to follow, so we can learn how suffering is to be handled.

How did He bear it?  By not giving in to despair or doubt.  By looking beyond the suffering and keeping His eye on the glory that was to come.  By knowing the Father was with Him and would use His suffering for good.  It’s not easy, but the same can be true for us.

The author of Hebrews writes, “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Jesus wept.

Preach to my heart, Lord!

Jesus Understands

March 28th, 2014

And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have piercedZachariah 12:10

Hymn writers have given us the mental image of Jesus hanging on a cross on a hill far away. In fact, the location for executions was just outside the city gate, beside the main road leading into Jerusalem.  Those unlucky enough to be crucified were only raised two to eighteen inches above the ground.  That meant all the dignity, modesty and purity of Jesus’ physical person was stripped away. He, like the others being crucified, was left to die groaning in agony in scorching heat, virtually at eye level with those who passed by on their way to and from the city.

In their rush to get to the temple area in time to purchase a lamb for sacrifice, did the Passover pilgrims even notice the Lamb that God was sacrificing for their sin?  As Jesus poured out His life, yet most people must have passed by without a glance.

Have you noticed what He has done for you this week? In a small way, are you pouring out your life for those who don’t notice?  Jesus understands.

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