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Monday, April 29, 2013

Trials

Anyone who goes looking for trouble would be thought a fool. Trouble comes at us soon enough. Why go looking for it? Consider this encounter with Jesus found in the book of John.

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." John 12:20-24

Imagine the scene. Some Greeks, complete newcomers, went to meet Jesus. What attracted them? They immediately hear ominous predictions about suffering and death. We don't even know if they understood or were frightened off.

How do you react to Jesus’ talk of coming trials?

Remember that you are told these things not to frighten but to strengthen you.
 
Be wise today and always - die to self to live with Christ.