One time Jesus took three of his disciples to the top of a mountain.
We read, "There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like
the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. ... a bright cloud
enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, 'This is my Son, whom
I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!' When the disciples
heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came
and touched them. 'Get up,' he said. 'Don't be afraid.' As they were
coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, 'Don't tell anyone
what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.
(Matthew 17:2-9 NIV selections)

Wait a minute! Did you hear that last part, the part about "rising from
the dead"?!? Can you imagine how the disciples must have scratched
their heads at that? They'd just seen Jesus' glory, his power!
How could one who was SOOO powerful ... die?! Who could cause
it to happen?!

Finally, only one person could really control it - Jesus himself.
And that's exactly what Jesus did. When the time was right,
Jesus went to Jerusalem. He entered Jerusalem on Sunday,
in a very public way. On Thursday of that week, Jesus celebrated
the Passover (check out Exodus 12-13) with his disciples and
told them that one of them would betray him, another would deny him.
Then he took them out to a garden called Gethsemane.

While Jesus was there with his disciples, Judas, who had been
one of Jesus' 12 disciples, led a large band of soldiers to the
Garden. Jesus asked them for whom they were looking, and when
they responded that they were looking for him, Jesus said,
"I am he." As he said this the whole band of soldiers were knocked
flat on their backs! ( John 18:1)
They scrambled to their feet, then Peter, another of Jesus' 12
disciples, grabbed a sword and cut off the ear of one of the high
priest's servant. Jesus rebuked Peter, then touched the man's ear
and healed it. ( Luke 22:50)
What would all these things have said to the people? It would have
said, or at least SHOULD have said, "Hey - this Jesus, he's not
just an ordinary human being; he's much more than that!"
But what is even more amazing is what we read at the end:
"Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the
Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him ...
(John 18:12) Why could they do that? Why could they bind him?
Only because he allowed it. It could happen - it DID happen -
only because Jesus allowed it to happen.

Do we begin to see the depth of Jesus' love for us?
Just think - he, the all-powerful one - he was willing to allow
himself to be taken captive, to be bound. That's how much
he loves you! He, Jesus, chose to die for us - do not ever forget this important fact.

My Prayer:
Oh dear one, we are doubtful in hard times of our lifes, but you
are the steadfast one, for all of us. Amen
I am just filling in for Sue. Be blessed my friends and know you are loved♥

Comments (13)

On July 9, 2011 at 10:12 PM , Crafty Mommas said...

great post!!!

On July 9, 2011 at 10:16 PM , chocolatedogstudio said...

WOW! thanks so much for sharing this.

On July 9, 2011 at 10:35 PM , Joy@WhenDoesDaddyComeHome said...

Sweet Rustic Nail Cross!!!

On July 9, 2011 at 10:54 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

Very powerful post> I will be back tomorrow morning to read it again. Thank you so much!


On July 9, 2011 at 11:01 PM , Becky K. said...

We serve an Awesome God. Worthy of all our praise. Thanks for sharing what meant so much to you in this past week.

On July 9, 2011 at 11:17 PM , Judi said...

What a great post!

On July 9, 2011 at 11:19 PM , Sheila said...

Thank you Monika. This ia an awesome message, and I enjoyed how you wrote it.

On July 10, 2011 at 7:33 AM , watercolors said...

Great message today. Thanks, Rox

On July 10, 2011 at 11:13 AM , Sherri Ward said...

Monika, you wrote this very well, it speaks to my heart!

On July 10, 2011 at 12:57 PM , Julia Badgley said...


On July 10, 2011 at 1:23 PM , Tricia said...

Awesome message Monika! Be blessed today and everyday! ♥

On July 10, 2011 at 10:35 PM , Mulberry Lane Folk Art said...

Lovely post about our lovely Savior!

On July 11, 2011 at 10:43 AM , Donna (Twinmountainpottery) said...

Thank you Monika for this message. It is such a powerful statement that Jesus not only died for us, but that he chose to die! You did a great job in sharing this.