Jesus’ Side of Things

If you have read my Morning Messages for awhile, I bet you are able to understand the duty a servant owes to their master. A servant of the Lord never has any trouble putting on their apron and serving a full table of praises — a good feast of worship. In fact, one of our greatest joys, our supreme fulfillment — is when we are ministering to the Lord. There are no hesitations or fear in the servant’s heart.

But then we read stories where  things  turn around on His disciples:

Son of Man didn’t come so that others could serve him. He came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many people.’” (Mark 10:45).

I don’t know, but I bet some of us have a problem with that — it is too much for us to grasp! I mean, Jesus came to serve? Wow! We don’t know how to sit down after we have served him — to allow him the same joy we experience in serving him! That part is a major bugaboo for some of us.

I don’t know, maybe it’s just me. But I had always believed that my Lord received enough pleasure from what I did for him, but there is so much more. Yes, He responds to our faith and rejoices when we repent. He talks to the Father about us and delights in our childlike trust. But I am now convinced that His greatest need is to have one-to-one communication with those He left here on earth — to commune with us — and that is a need no angel in heaven can meet. Jesus wants to talk, to fellowship, with those on the battlefield.

Where did I get such a notion that Christ is lonely and has a desperate need to speak? Well, it is all there in the account of Christ appearing to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Jesus had just been resurrected and that same day two disciples were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They were grieved about their departed Lord but when he drew closer to them, they didn’t recognize him. He wanted to talk; he had so much to say to them.

“While they were talking, Yeshua approached them and began walking with them . . . Then he began with Moses’ Teachings and the Prophets to explain to them what was said about him throughout the Scriptures (Luke 24:15, 27).

I can’t imagine a cooler  experience for those disciples and they went away saying, “. . . Oh, man! Our hearts burned within us while He talked to us on the way and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” Wow! I bet! It’s not hard to understand that! How much joy those disciples must have felt! And I am not trying to minimize that, but how much fun do you think it was for Jesus? Here is the resurrected Lord, tears streaming down his cheeks, his heart filled with joy. Everything His Father had planned was fulfilled and I have to believe that His was pretty geeked about it! He had ministered and in his glorified form, he was experiencing His first two-way communion. He had poured out his heart but his lonely heart had been touched and His need had been met! Well anyway, that’s how I see it.

Lord, I love to worship and adore you. In fact, I can’t help doing that. Like the Psalmist I cry, “I have only you, and you are all I want. You are my strength and my joy forever.”

But I forget that your love for me goes far beyond any feeble love and devotion I can give to you. Lord, this morning, I have set aside all of my activities to simply hear from you. I am lifting my eyes toward you for one purpose: to give you the chance to demonstrate your love for me! It is something I take for granted because I know that you do love me. But I never give you the opportunity to show your care for me. Like your two disciples on the road to Emmaus, come, walk beside me. Explain everything written about you. I’m giving you time to show your love.

Nickolas
Doulos Studies

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