The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
Most of us are familiar with the idea of being a “Monday morning quarterback.” We look at a situation that has already happened and we recognize how it could have worked out in the way we would desire. If only we had been there!!
Jesus has told his disciples that he is going away. He has also said he is coming back. To understand his disciples’ confusion, we must realize that they did not understand his intention to die and rise again. Though he had told them of his coming death, even up until he presented himself to his followers as the resurrected Lord, they did not expect him to die and rise.
What in the world is Jesus talking about? What is he doing? How can my life be happening in the way it is? We are often guilty of asking this kind of question. We are so unwilling to trust his good grace and favor. Yet time and again, through history, Jesus has shown himself trustworthy.
When we are confronted by challenges, may we have the grace to allow them and know the Lord will bring everything to completion according to his good pleasure, which is the redemption of his people.
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