Devotional Thoughts

We offer two ways to be encouraged by God’s Word:

Pastor John Blog – Pastor John shares a little devotional, insight, or testimony and invites you to respond as well.

This week – Our lives can glorify God. The things we do can glorify God. That means that the things we do can point people to God.  The question is not, “Can I glorify God?”  The question is, “Will I seek to point people to God by what I do?”  Those are two totally different questions… for more, click here.

→ Daily Devotionals – If you like to have a devotional thought for the day, the following links will take you to a trusted Christian Bible teacher.  You will find a Scripture and a devotional thought there that we hope will encourage your heart.

Daily Readings:
Charles Swindoll
Greg Laurie
Proverbs 31 Ministries
Charles Spurgeon
Billy Graham
Weekly Readings:
John Piper
Crosswalk.com devotion
R.C. Sproul

Our devotional highlight for this week is from Greg Laurie (note: all links will take you away from this site and to the the websites chosen by the devotional for Bibles and cross references).

The Worst Kind of Pain

“But Jesus said to him, ‘Friend, why have you come?’ Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him” (Matthew 26:50 NKJV).

I think the worst kind of pain is the betrayal of a friend. When someone you love and care about turns on you, it hurts.

The emotional pain of betrayal was just the beginning for Jesus as the time of His crucifixion drew near. Then came the physical pain. Let’s not miss the point that the disciples weren’t just His followers; they were His buddies. They were His friends.

Especially Judas Iscariot, believe it or not. Why would I say that Judas was the friend of Jesus? Because Jesus himself said it. In the Garden of Gethsemane when Judas led the temple guard to arrest Him, Jesus actually said to Judas, “Friend, why have you come?” (Matthew 26:50 NKJV).

Friend? Didn’t Jesus know what Judas was about to do?

Of course He did. He’d already predicted it in the Upper Room. But it still broke His heart because Judas was his friend.

How easily Jesus could have said, “You know what? I’m done with all of you. I mean, My own disciples have betrayed Me. Everyone hates me. I’m just done.”

But He didn’t say that. Instead, He went through with it.

So what kept him going? We find the answer in Hebrews 12: “Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (verse 2 NKJV).

Joy? There was joy because He was looking past the pain and anguish to what He would accomplish. He was thinking of you and me when He carried that cross through the city. He was thinking of you and me when He bore the sin of the world.

We need to look to Jesus because He has always been looking out for us. And we need to live for Jesus because He died for us.

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