'Day One' Blog

Jesus, the Caregiver – March 11, ’20

(This entry is number three of four that will draw from John, chapters thirteen through seventeen. The purpose is to allow us a deeper look into the character of Jesus in the final hours of His ministry. It will enhance the way we see Him as He approaches Gethsemane and beyond.)

Meditation for the Soul ~

My children, I will be with you only a little longer.
You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews,
so I tell you now:
Where I am going, you cannot come.
Where I am going, you cannot follow now,
but you will follow later
John 13:33; 36
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
Before long, the world will not see me anymore,
but you will see me.
Because I live, you also will live.
John 14:18-19
I have told you this
so that my joy may be in you
and that your joy may be complete.
John 15:11
All this I have told you
so that you will not fall away.
I have told you these things,
so that in me you may have peace.
In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart! I have overcome the world.
John 16:1; 33
Holy Father, protect them
by the power of Your name,
the name You gave me,
so that they may be one as we are one.
While I was with them, I protected them
and kept them safe by that name You gave me.
John 17:11-12

Reflection for the Mind ~

No one cared for people like Jesus did. His care was comprehensive so that while He was with His followers, they had need of nothing. But especially in the days leading up to His arrest and ultimate departure from the world, Jesus provided a quality of care that ought to leave us in awe. Jesus never wavered in His role as caregiver even though He knew He would be betrayed and profoundly neglected by those He provided for. As His death approached, Jesus remained as focused as ever, caregiving for those the Father had entrusted to him.

I’m encouraging all of us to spend these three days meditating upon John chapters thirteen through seventeen and asking the Lord to speak to us about Himself as a caregiver. The whole objective of caregiving is to do for one what they cannot do for themselves. That warrants a pause.

I wonder if we have an adequate awareness of our need of God so that we understand He isn’t just being nice to us, but providing what no one else would be able to provide. I know I can fight Him, just like a child does when they are feeling especially independent, but I always cheat myself when I do. Maybe you can relate. Most importantly, I wonder if there isn’t room for growth in our level of gratitude for His flawless, all-encompassing care of us. No one cares like Jesus – absolutely no one.

Response for the Heart ~

Lord, You are the ultimate caregiver. Please Lord, speak to me in the days ahead about the beauty of Jesus’ care of His followers as He was getting ready to leave them. You care for me like no other and I praise You and thank You for your lavish provision. I need what You provide. But You give over and above the need. Teach me as I read and wait upon You. I know I take your care of me for granted. Please help me to gain ground there so that gratitude abounds in me. ~ Amen

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