April 15th, 2018

Read: HEBREWS 12:1-13 & PSALM 45

Third Sunday In Easter

"Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." (HEBREWS 12:2)


Because there is so much information coming at us every day, we usually approach what we have to read in a two-part manner: First, we read the headlines that are in big, bold font to get the general idea of what we are wanting to read; we might skim the article to see if it satisfies our needs and interests. If the information seems worth our attention, we give it a hard look and dig deep to learn and expand our thinking on the subject.

In the target verse for today in Hebrews, we see a lot to hold our attention and engage in. Jesus went to the cross and underwent the horrific costs that go with dying in such a way. He endured extreme pain of body and soul, taking the punishment for our sins. But He also knew the joy of Heaven that was in front of Him.

Taking a hard look at Jesus is worth a total engagement on our part. For in this look, we see all that we need for life and salvation.

Dear Jesus, help us to look often and intensely to You, so we can always know that in You we have everything we need for body and soul. Amen!

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Des Moines, Iowa 50313-4577

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