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Therapy for 2012 (01/08/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

One of our choice memories from the past Christmas season was a song and a video about a young chap at a shopping mall who was standing in a long line to see Santa Claus, who was asking the children “what do you want?” When his turn came he replied, “I want to know where the line is to see Jesus?”

And if we were able to have stood in line way back when, what would we have seen? We would have found a weak, small child, an improbable child who would grow up to be despised by his fellow townsmen in Nazareth and rejected as an outsider because he is from Galilee rather than from Judea. And later by the religious scribes and Pharisee of the temple he would be ostracized, scourged, condemned and put to a shameful death on a Roman cross; knowing all that we might find it hard to recognize this actual Jesus. We are invited to manifest the great glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ by finding Him in the face of others, like the weak, small, improbable and discouraged poor, the despised, “the least of these” This seems to also include each other.

We are continually reminded by the Savior that He is our great teacher who to the very end of His life keeps on teaching us to find our place. Less than twenty-four hours before His crucifixion we find him washing the feet of His disciples before the Passover supper. (If you have ever walked the dusty streets of Jerusalem in sandals you would well know what a pleasurable act it was to have one’s feet washed with the sandals off.) That washing of their feet was a great lesson! “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you should also wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example what you should do and have done for you.” (John 13:14-15) He also says He came not to be served but to serve.

A few minutes later they are finishing the Passover meal and Jesus continues to serve and teach. He took some unleavened bread from the Passover observance and some wine, blesses it and says, take eat and drink, this is my body and blood given and shed for you, this being done in remembrance of me! It is the serving Savior reminding us that we are to be servants of and to one another.

Looking down through the years and to the end of time into that new heaven and earth, how do you think you will be greeted as you wait in line to see Jesus. Will He say “welcome you, doctors, lawyers, business men, bankers, governors, mayors, presidents, CEOs and generals and clergymen and all users of others?” We think you know that will not be His greeting!

No, the King of creation will greet all those who accepted His servant therapy and who found service to others is God’s way for true life, worship and joy! The King said He is going to say “well done, good and faithful SERVANT. Enter into the joy and kingdom of the Lord prepared for you before the foundations of the world.” That will be the end of the line to see Jesus. And with a tough 2012 ahead of us, we invite you to accept His “servant therapy.”

 

 

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