April 15: The Wisdom of Holy Week

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.  Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you’— when you already have it with you.”  Proverbs 3:27-28

Jesus selflessness is amazing.  With the weight of the world’s sin on his shoulders he takes time to care for others.  He would have had every right to check out during this last week.  He could have disappeared and took some extra time for himself, and none of us would have questioned him.  Instead of looking out for himself it seems he even extended himself beyond what one can imagine during this last week.

He took time to show his love to the disciples by washing their feet and joining them for the last supper where he gifted them with life and salvation.

As He was being arrested he stopped Peter from revolting and took the time to heal the injured ear of one of his captors.  He loved his enemies perfectly.

He stopped on his way to Calvary to comfort the women who were crying in anguish.

He spoke words of forgiveness to the very men who drove nails into his hands and feet.  “Father, forgive them!”

He used precious breath to invite a criminal into paradise.

He cared for his mother and his good friend in his dying moments.

When any one of us would have turned inward to care for our own needs, Jesus opened himself to the needs of everyone else he met.  His selflessness is amazing, and in that last week we see what we’ve always seen in Jesus.  He always took the time to bring GOOD to those around him, no matter the cost.  Jesus fulfilled Proverbs 3:27-28 and we get all the GOODNESS!

He continues to do the same today, as Paul says in Romans 8:  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.”  That’s a great deal for you and me!

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