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Can’t Handle It


Have you ever noticed that there are times in life when the same theme shows up in different places? That has happened for me recently. Different conversations with different people have been fueling thoughts that I have been stewing over for a while. So naturally, I decided to attempt putting into writing. Here it is- for whatever it’s worth.

Over the past few years, I have come to the conclusion that I have been deceived. I’m not sure where this originated from and I’m convinced it was not on purpose by any one person- but it happened. Like I said, it has been over the last few years that I’ve come to this conclusion, but the theme has been brought up in conversations and life events recently. The deception is this: Whatever comes into my life, I can handle it.

At some point in life, this idea was impressed on me. I think a lot of people believe this. But I don’t. There are a lot of life events and situations that I just flat cannot handle. They are too overwhelming and too big for me. I don’t know how to process them or restore them or fix them. And somewhere along the way, I was left with the impression that I should be able to. What is even more interesting, is that I was left with the impression that when something comes into my life it is because God sent it my way because I could handle it. Again, I don’t believe that.

But here is what I do believe: I believe God can handle everything that comes into life. I also believe God will supply what I need in the middle of it all.There are going to be life events that are overwhelming, but if I am walking with Jesus during them- then He is the one who helps handle it. I can’t handle it.

If I could, I wouldn’t need His promise to always be with me (Matthew 28:20; Acts 17:27-18; 1 John 3:24.)

If I could handle it, I wouldn’t need His promise to give me what I need to say when I need to say it (Mark 13:11).

If I could handle everything, there would be no need for His promise of help (John 14:26).

If I could handle the temptations of life, I would not need God to give me a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Bottom line for me is this: I’m glad I don’t have to handle everything life throws at me. I am very grateful that instead, I have a loving God and Savior and Helper who are there for me. When life events and circumstances come my way that I can’t handle, I am so glad that God is Immanuel…. God with us… God with me… giving me what I need to get through what I cannot handle. If I had to rely on me to handle all of life, I would be discouraged and I know I would fail. But instead I have Jesus to take it too. I have the Holy Spirit to guide me! I am so glad I do not have to rely on my ability to handle what comes my way!


Good Friday- Finale


Excerpts from John 18 & 19

It was the day of preparation, and the Jewish leaders didn’t want the bodies hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath, because it was the Passover). So they asked Pilate to hasten their deaths by ordering that their legs be broken. Then their bodies could be taken down. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn’t break his legs. One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out. (This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account. He speaks the truth so that you also can believe.) These things happened in fulfillment of the Scriptures that say, “Not one of his bones will be broken,” and “They will look on the one they pierced.”

Afterward Joseph of Arimathea, who had been a secret disciple of Jesus (because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate for permission to take down Jesus’ body. When Pilate gave permission, Joseph came and took the body away. With him came Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus at night. He brought about seventy-five pounds of perfumed ointment made from myrrh and aloes. Following Jewish burial custom, they wrapped Jesus’ body with the spices in long sheets of linen cloth. The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before. And so, because it was the day of preparation for the Jewish Passover and since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.


Good Friday- Part 3


Excerpts from John 18 & 19

It was now about noon on the day of preparation for the Passover. And Pilate said to the people, “Look, here is your king!”

“Away with him,” they yelled. “Away with him! Crucify him!”

“What? Crucify your king?” Pilate asked.

“We have no king but Caesar,” the leading priests shouted back.

Then Pilate turned Jesus over to them to be crucified.

It was now about noon on the day of preparation for the Passover. And Pilate said to the people, “Look, here is your king!”

“Away with him,” they yelled. “Away with him! Crucify him!”

“What? Crucify your king?” Pilate asked.

“We have no king but Caesar,” the leading priests shouted back.

Then Pilate turned Jesus over to them to be crucified.

So they took Jesus away. Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha). There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. And Pilate posted a sign on the cross that read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” The place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, so that many people could read it.

Then the leading priests objected and said to Pilate, “Change it from ‘The King of the Jews’ to ‘He said, I am King of the Jews.’”

Pilate replied, “No, what I have written, I have written.”

When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they divided his clothes among the four of them. They also took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dice for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.” So that is what they did.

Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.

Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.


Good Friday- Part 2


Excerpts from John 18 & 19

So Pilate, the governor, went out to them and asked, “What is your charge against this man?”

“We wouldn’t have handed him over to you if he weren’t a criminal!” they retorted.

“Then take him away and judge him by your own law,” Pilate told them.

“Only the Romans are permitted to execute someone,” the Jewish leaders replied. (This fulfilled Jesus’ prediction about the way he would die.)

Then Pilate went back into his headquarters and called for Jesus to be brought to him. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked him.

Jesus replied, “Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?”

“Am I a Jew?” Pilate retorted. “Your own people and their leading priests brought you to me for trial. Why? What have you done?”

Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”

Pilate said, “So you are a king?”

Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.”

“What is truth?” Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime. But you have a custom of asking me to release one prisoner each year at Passover. Would you like me to release this ‘King of the Jews’?”

But they shouted back, “No! Not this man. We want Barabbas!” (Barabbas was a revolutionary.)

hen Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip. The soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they put a purple robe on him. “Hail! King of the Jews!” they mocked, as they slapped him across the face.

Pilate went outside again and said to the people, “I am going to bring him out to you now, but understand clearly that I find him not guilty.” Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said, “Look, here is the man!”

When they saw him, the leading priests and Temple guards began shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

“Take him yourselves and crucify him,” Pilate said. “I find him not guilty.”

The Jewish leaders replied, “By our law he ought to die because he called himself the Son of God.”

When Pilate heard this, he was more frightened than ever. He took Jesus back into the headquarters again and asked him, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave no answer. “Why don’t you talk to me?” Pilate demanded. “Don’t you realize that I have the power to release you or crucify you?”

Then Jesus said, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above. So the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.”

Then Pilate tried to release him, but the Jewish leaders shouted, “If you release this man, you are no ‘friend of Caesar.’ Anyone who declares himself a king is a rebel against Caesar.”

When they said this, Pilate brought Jesus out to them again. Then Pilate sat down on the judgment seat on the platform that is called the Stone Pavement (in Hebrew, Gabbatha). It was now about noon on the day of preparation for the Passover. And Pilate said to the people, “Look, here is your king!”

“Away with him,” they yelled. “Away with him! Crucify him!”

“What? Crucify your king?” Pilate asked.

“We have no king but Caesar,” the leading priests shouted back.

Then Pilate turned Jesus over to them to be crucified.


God’s Truth


A small devotional thought. It’s designed with kids in mind…..

Start today by reading and learning Psalm 119:89.

Read Acts 5:17-39.  Who are the characters? What is the big event in the story? What choices do the characters have? What do you think you would have done?

Verses 38-39 remind us of something very important. A man named Gamaliel makes a very important point. Can you guess what it is?

Gamaliel knew that God’s truth would always win. If God wants something done, it will happen. We then to choose to follow God’s truth or not. It’s better to follow!

Ever since the guards at the tomb, people have been trying to say that Jesus’ resurrection did not happen– but it did. God’s truth is that Jesus loves us and died for us and lives again!


The Growing List


How is it that a to-do list always seems to grow as a deadline approaches instead of decreasing? That has been my list this week! About the time I accomplish something, three other things come up that need to get done. There is so much to do and it is all important- but I honestly, it feels more like Ecclesiastes 2:11, “Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.”

It is really tempting to me right now to stay right there- to think that all the business of life is not worth it. But then I am struck with the idea that it might not be so much what I am doing that matters, but who I am following and the attitude I have while accomplishing the task.

The end of Ecclesiastes says this: The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.

Tasks may feel meaningless and ridiculous, but that is not the point. At the end of it all, the point is what was the condition of my heart during the task? I am living in reverence of God and keeping His commandments?

That is helping me keep things in perspective as my list grows!


Old-school


Colossians 3:1-11

This is where it gets pretty good! One of the things I have always liked about Paul’s writing is that he spells it out for us. He almost always starts with “remember how great God is and look at Jesus.” Then that causes him to go into, “so if that is Jesus, then this way of life just makes sense.” So this passage starts the way-of-living part.

Look at his transition- If then you have been raised with Christ… Because of Jesus, something happens in us. When we begin to see who Jesus is, it changes us. It’s out with the old and in with the new. The old way is to have our mind set on our own ideas. The new way is to have our minds- our hearts, ideas, motives- set on Jesus.

Paul even helps us know exactly what the old way looks like. What descriptions of the old life stand out to you? What convicts your heart? What parts of the old life have you seen God take away? What impacts and challenges you from this scripture?