Let’s take a good look at a truth that is an encouragement, a comfort, and a source of great inspiration to every child of God.
They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. (Luke 22:13)
In describing an event from the final hours of Jesus’ earthly ministry, the good doctor Luke provides us the truth behind every truth we find in the Bible:
JUST AS JESUS HAD TOLD THEM!
It is always just as Jesus has told us. Here Peter and John were sent into Jerusalem ahead of the disciples to prepare the Passover meal. Jesus told them they would encounter a man carrying a pitcher of water who would take them to a house. Upon entering they were to tell the owner, “The teacher asks, where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?” Jesus told them they would be taken upstairs to a large room that was already set up for the Passover Supper. And, of course, everything was “just as Jesus had told them” it would be.
Is this not a word of encouragement and comfort and inspiration to you today, regardless of where this finds you?
- Facing trouble in life . . . it is just as Jesus told you
- Fighting spiritual battles . . . it is just as Jesus told you
- Dealing with a little unbelief . . . it is just as Jesus told you
- Satan looking to sift you as wheat . . . it is just as Jesus told you
- Persecuted for your faith . . . it is just as Jesus told you
Nothing is happening in your life right now that has not first passed through His nail-scarred hands. God has ordained all things, whatsoever shall come to pass, and that includes everything that is going on in your life right now.
To be sure, we play a role in some of these things. If you play with fire you will probably get burned. If you stare at the sun you will probably damage your eyes. If you walk in traffic you will probably get hit by a car. If you jump off the roof of your house you will probably be greeted by the ground. Some of the stuff we have to deal with in life simply happens as a result of living in a broken, sin-filled world as broken, sin-filled people.
So, let’s close out today with a few reminders of what Jesus has told every child born of grace. These promises will encourage you, comfort you, and inspire you to live the life God has called us to live.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29)
He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31)
This same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
Despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. (Romans 8:37-39)
You can take it to the bank with confident assurance that it always has been and it always will be . . . just as Jesus has said.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!