A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, August 18, 2014
“When He [Jesus] had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.” – John 20:20
Last week, I really needed to spend some time at the foot of the Cross. One of my favorite songs is “Take me to the King” by Tamela Mann. As I was listening to this song, I asked Holy Spirit to take me to the King and to leave me at the Cross to gaze upon the Savior. As I was there in the Spirit, Jesus had me focus on his sacred side, which had been pierced.
The scene leading up to our study verse shows a depressed and terrified bunch of disciples, who had been with their Lord and Master for past 2-3+ years, and were now grappling with His horrific death. In their state of desperation, depression, and confusion, Jesus came to clear the air as He appeared in the midst of them (John 20:19). Isn’t that just like our Beloved Savior to show up right when we need Him to clear the air and settle some things!
When Jesus “showed” his friends, He deiknuo (pr. dike-noo-o), which is “to literally or figuratively show” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Webster’s Dictionary defines “show” as “to reveal by one’s own condition, nature, or behavior.”
When we gaze upon the nail-scarred hands and the pierced side of the Lamb of God, He reveals the fallen condition of human nature that He conquered and took to the Cross for us, as well as our new nature in Him. He allows us to see the great consequence that our behaviors and attitudes cost, and the immeasurable depth that God plunged to for us to overcome and give us the power (through His Son) to overcome the sin which had us crippled and bound for Hell.
The Son of God and Son of man’s hands are His chier (pr. khire), which is “through the idea of hollowness (for grasping), power.” Hollowness is “an unfilled space.” When we grasp the Savior’s hand, we fit in to Him, and are molded and made each day more and more into His Image. The prophet Isaiah crafts this truth for us, as he testifies of the Lord “See, I [Jesus] have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me” (Isaiah 49:16).
The side of this Sovereign Son is pleura (pr. plyoo-rah)—a rib, side; “one of the ridges in a knitted or woven fabric, the space beside one, the attitude or activity of one person with respect to another, the better side of a person’s nature.” Jesus conquered and exchanged our bad side for His perfect nature. And once He reminded his disciples of this by the showing of His side, they immediately became glad, and their state was changed from calamity to calm, from horror to happiness, and from wanton to well-off!
When these precious souls “saw” the Savior, they “literally and figuratively saw.” Suddenly their blinders came off, and they saw with their spiritual eyes. Understanding and knowledge flooded into the windows of their being. They grasped the meaning of the Cross, the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ—all because these sons who served the Lord gazed upon His sacred side.
Do you stick around long enough to see and understand, family? Or do you just give God a passing glance; thus walking away empty. Let us grasp God by holding the hand of His Son, and spending time at our Savior’s side.
Father, take us to King Jesus. We repent for not spending more time at the foot of the Cross, which is where You secured the victory for us through the life, death, and resurrection of Your precious Son. Show us how to spend time gazing upon our beloved Lord and Savior. Give us new revelation and insight through the hollowing of His hand and the piercing of His side. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we are always by Your side. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to spend more time at the Cross of Christ. Determine in your mind and purpose in your heart to allow God’s Holy Spirit to take you to the King and lay you on His altar each and every day. And continue to fight the good fight of spending time at the side of the Savior; for God, your True and Righteous Nature, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.