14 Apr Jesus makes us family!
Read Matthew 26:17-25 (NLT)
Thought for the Day: Jesus makes us family!
When raising children to know and love Jesus, there are few things more important than family mealtime. While we can find it easy to make time for outside activities and general busyness, many families find it a challenge to consistently set aside time together. Yet, the research is clear: family mealtime has unparalleled benefits. Family mealtime is the place where we build strong relationships as it reminds us that we are called to slow down, decompress, and encourage each other!
On the night Jesus gave Himself up for us, He could have done anything He wanted. That night, He gathered His friends together for a meal saying, “As you go into the city…you will see a certain man. Tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My time has come, and I will eat the Passover meal with my disciples at your house.” But, what is especially notable is the fact that He knew exactly what each of His friends would do, and still, He wanted to spend family time with them.
In our busy lives, it is easy to forget that Jesus asks us to slow down. He has made all of His followers (including each of us) members of His Family! Too often, especially at the time when life makes no sense, we may find ourselves trying to ‘go it alone’ and feeling isolated. At these times, let’s stop and pray. Then, let’s reach out to the other Christians in our lives: the members of our Family!
Pastors Stan and David