Tuesday, January 29, 2002

The Window to Heaven

Jesus asked him, "Do you believe all this just because I told you
I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than
this." Then he said, "The truth is, you will all see heaven open and
the angels of God going up and down upon the Son of Man."
-- John 1:50-51 (NLT)

Jesus will fulfill and surpass many metaphors, images, and rituals
from Israel's rich history. John will show us how Jesus is the great
"I Am." He fulfills the meaning of many of the great Jewish feasts.
Jesus is the Bread of Live, the true Vine, the Water of Life -- each
image rich in emotion and meaning from Israel's past. Jesus is
challenging Nathaniel to look beyond Jesus' power to know what was in
his heart. Jesus wants to lead Nathaniel to see greater things. He
wants Nathaniel to know that when he is around Jesus, he is looking
through the window into heaven.

Father, please help me see you, know you, and love you more
perfectly as Jesus teaches me more about you. In your Son's name I
pray. Amen.



January 29, 2002

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants
to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all."
-- Mark 9:35

Last? Nobody likes to be last. We have a hard enough time
settling for second place, much less last place. Jesus reverses
the rank. The person who is most important to him is not the
person seeking the status and notoriety. The most important person
is like Jesus himself: willing to give up rank and status and
importance to serve. For Jesus, last means first in service and
first in the eyes of God.

Magnificent God my Savior, you have made the world wonderful for
me and have given your Son to redeem me. How can I ever thank you
or repay you for your grace and kindness? Help me serve others with
grace and kindness. Give me eyes to see people as you do; not
judging by mere appearances, but valuing and treating people as
Jesus does. I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus, the one who
washed his disciples' feet. Amen.