Good Morning April 16

Jesus came to the Temple court early in the morning. People were already expecting that He might come and a few had gathered to hear Him. The group swelled quickly. They seemed to hang on His every word. Though they didn’t understand everything He said, there was something compelling about this teacher. “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.” No one ever spoke like this before. “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.” Jesus looked at these people surrounding Him. He loved them. He longed that their hearts would be opened even more to the truth of God. They were the reason He had come. They were the reason He had to endure all that faced Him in this week. Even some of the Jewish leaders were listening. He knew that they heard and even believed. Yet they were to afraid for their position to declare their belief. Oh the doubts, fears, and anxieties that hold people back from the strength and peace God seeks to give. If only they could truly hear, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” But these days would play themselves out, and Jesus would accomplish all that the Father sent Him to do. And it would be for their good. (John 12:44-46 & Matthew 11:28)