To Encourage the feminine heart along lifes journey

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imageWalk Towards Easter . 17.
” All of you will desert me,” Jesus told them.
” For the scriptures say, ‘God will strike the Shepard , and the sheep will be scattered’. But after I am raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.” Mark 14:27-28
Q. How do the words of Zechariah the prophet come true? ( Zechariah 13:4-9) What can scare us away from following Jesus?
Imagine being in a situation where you were about to embark on an incredibly difficult undertaking, knowing that all your companions, friends, were going to desert you. Jesus knew that His disciples were going to scatter, abandon and deny Him when He needed them most. That His closet friend would choose to follow the crowd and declare not to have known Him so as to avoid persecution and embarrassment.
It’s hard to be different , it takes a lot of courage to choose an opposing path to the majority. We fear rejection and isolation if we don’t subscribe to the values and views of the societies in which we live. In choosing to follow Jesus we may be marginalised and ridiculed, but He has conquered that battle for us.
‘I know very well how foolish the message of the cross sounds to those on the road to destruction ‘ 1Corinthians 1:18
He understands that we will be considered foolish by others……….
‘ Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And He chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important, so that no one can ever boast in the presence of God.’ 1Corinthians 1:27-29
We need never fear that we will be left out in the cold , alone. For we have this promise……
” I will never leave you, I will never forsake you.” That is why we can say with confidence, ” The Lord is my helper, so I will not be afraid . What can mere mortals do to me ?” Hebrews 13:5-6
If we go on ahead, step out in faith and be prepared to risk the mockery of others…….He will meet us there.