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STEP OUT OF THE CROWD

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.
Lxx

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LET’S BE KIDS AGAIN

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Walk towards Easter Series 1

He said to them, ” Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them ! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these . I assure you, anyone who doesn’t have their kind of faith will never get into the Kingdom of God. ”
Mark 10: 14-15
Q. What is Jesus teaching us here and what does childlike faith look like in you?
When my girls were little I would often wonder at their innocence and simplistic reasoning and understanding. At the way in which their little yet to be influenced minds so readily accepted experiences, people and difference. As I waded through the daily myriad of questions, I found a simple, reasonable, logical answer was usually adequate. Rarely was it necessary to delve into the finer more intricate details. They placed their trust in me and stepped out upon it, learning along the way.
Jesus scolded the apostles for trying to keep the children from Him. Could it be that He was trying to say, ” Hey guys, you need to be kids again, think like you did back then! ” 
But why would He want us to be like children ?….” Unless you have a faith like theirs!”
Children are drawn to Jesus, they don’t need to know all the finer details of doctrine or have the answers to life’s most perplexing questions. They are satisfied with ” Jesus loves me , this I know, for the bible tells me so…”
As a child runs towards a parent and leaps into their outstretched arms, knowing, trusting and not questioning that they will be caught, so Jesus desires for us to step into His arms. To have faith first, not knowing the details but trusting that understanding and teaching will follow. Our grown-up minds can be so limiting .Everything must have a definitive answer before we are able to accept it. Does it fit into our box of understanding , we see only what we think we know and filter everything through that knowledge .
” I know very well how foolish the message of the cross sounds to those who are on the road to destruction. But we who are being saved recognise this message as the very power of God. As the scriptures say, ” I will destroy human wisdom and discard their most brilliant ideas ” So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the worlds brilliant debaters? God has made them look foolish and shown their wisdom to be useless nonsense. Since God in His wisdom saw to it that the world would never find Him through human wisdom…….” 1Corinthians 1:18-21 NLT
Rewind, be a kid again, grasp hold of a child like faith, take the chance and step out without all the answers. He will reveal the details, but first we must have faith like theirs. 
Lxx