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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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September 6, 2011 - Commissioned From the Cross

By William E. Richardson

“Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord” (Colossians 3:24, NKJV).

During His crucifixion, Jesus uttered seven phrases. Among them, He cried out to the Heavenly Father, He promised paradise to the believing thief crucified next to Him, and He gave the disciple John a responsibility.

Speaking to John, Jesus transferred to that disciple the custody of His mother, Mary. The Bible says John, thereafter, took her to his home (John 19:27). According to Church tradition, Mary lived as much as 15 years afterward, under John’s provision.

Jesus knew He could rely on John. He knew John’s willingness and his capabilities. He knew the devotion with which John would fulfill the assignment. If the Lord had returned to earth any time before Mary’s death, He would have found John remaining faithful to his charge.

The Lord knows each of us equally well. He draws us to the foot of the cross. Seeing Him hanging there stirs our hearts. It sharpens our hearing. He speaks to us.

Jesus beckons us, like He did John, to look at who’s nearby. Then, representing Jesus, to love them. Jesus also calls us to shine His light into whatever corners of the dark world we find ourselves. John faithfully did, in Jerusalem, in Samaria, in Ephesus and on Patmos. So can we.

What assignment, what names, does the dying Savior make real to you? Who has Jesus trusted to your care? Have you been fulfilling that assignment?

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God.

 

 

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