I need to make a statement and then I’ll explain. Here’s my statement… my announcement… my proclamation. I don’t say this half-heartedly, flippantly, or frivolously. I mean this from the bottom of my heart. I am saying this as a public declaration and manifesto. Are you ready? Here it is: “Jesus can be trusted!”
There you have it. “Jesus can be trusted.” He can be trusted to fulfill whatever He says. He can be trusted to complete whatever He has told you. He can be trusted to accomplish that which He has invested in you. He means what He says and says what He means. And here’s why I say all of that!
I was reading from Mark 14 today. It’s Jesus’ last days here on earth. It’s that time of year again for the Jewish celebration of Passover to occur. The timing of Jesus life and death couldn’t be more perfect. It was at Passover that the perfect lamb was sacrificed for the sins of the people. Jesus is that perfect Lamb.
The disciples knew Jesus wanted to remember Passover so they asked Him where they should set up the meal. Here’s what Jesus told them…
“Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him; and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is My guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?” And he himself will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; and prepare for us there.” Mark 14:13b-15
Then we’re told…
“And the disciples went out, and came to the city, and found it just as He had told them…” Mark 14:16
See, those kind of things catch my eye. They jump right off the page and smack me right in the face. They grab my faith strings and start pulling them. There is no such thing as luck, fate, coincidence or chance. Jesus is the answer to every question in life. When He says “go find a guy carrying a pitcher of water and follow him,” that’s exactly what we should do, because he’s going to lead us to where we need to go.
What’s my point? When Jesus tells us something we should buy into it with everything we have. Radically obey Him. Fanatically and uncompromisingly follow Him.
When He says, “Do not be afraid!” Why would be ever be nervous, anxious, scared or timid again?
When He says, “Do not doubt!” Why would we ever be apprehensive… confused… hesitant… reluctant… or suspicious again?
When He says, “I have gone to prepare a place for you!” Why we would ever desire to stay here any longer, prolonging this worldly separation with Him?
Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Jesus can be trusted. He can be trusted with every aspect of your life. Do you trust Him?
Help me trust You more. Jesus in Your glorious, powerful name I ask this, Amen.
Rev, Dr, MM Marxhausen