Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

What if you have Forsaken Jesus?

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

26th August 2012

The fact that Jesus was so keen to restore fellowship with His disciples after the resurrection is a clear indication of how eager He is to restore us if we have drifted away or forsaken Him.

If you remember, in the garden ‘…everyone deserted him and fled.’ (Mark 14:50), but following His resurrection what would He say to those who had so dramatically abandoned Him?

What we hear from Jesus’ lips are not words of condemnation but words of healing.

To Mary at the tomb He says,

‘…Go…to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ (John 20:17)

Just notice the words Jesus uses: ‘Brothers’, ‘your Father’, ‘your God’

In other words Jesus is saying, ‘I am going now, but you will come later. We will be together. I forgive you. Our Father forgives you’.

Later He finds the disciples in the upper room, stands among them and says, “Peace be with you!” (V.19) He then goes on to show them His hands and side, horrible reminders of what it cost Him when they all forsook Him.

Again, notice the word Jesus uses: ‘Peace’. Not shame, disgrace, or failure.

In other words Jesus is saying, ‘I forgive you, you can have peace of mind, I entrust you with my mission’.

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you”. (V21)

Then to Peter He asks him three times, ‘do you love me’ and gives three positive instructions, ‘feed my lambs’, ‘take care of my sheep’ and ‘feed my sheep’. (John 21:15–17)

In other words Jesus is saying, ‘I haven’t given up on you, Peter. You are a shepherd of my people’.

I wonder if Peter remembered that Jesus had prayed for him,

‘“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers”.’ (Luke 22:31–32)

What we see in these examples is that Jesus was eager to repair the damage that had been done.

He was eager to forgive, restore and re-commission.

What about us? What if we have forsaken Jesus, or let Him down in some way, or offended Him?

I’m sure, if we are honest, we have all done this to some extent.

Well don’t despair, don’t give up, Jesus is not less eager to repair things with us.

He will forgive, restore and re-commission us.

Just come to Him and you will receive His grace.

Have a good week experiencing the Saviour’s love for you.

Pastor Barry

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