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Honoring Special Days

I am the worst. My wife is the best. She never misses a card. I rarely have one to give. I don’t dislike special days; it’s more that I like making some days special and they just don’t ordinarily fall on the days already laid out. Maybe as I approach a special day, I start seeing it as a formality. I don’t like formalities. Yet when I get the card my wife picked for me, I like it and regret that I didn’t take the time to do the same for her.

I did the same thing this past weekend. Only this time it was Jesus’ special day. I blew right by all the Good Friday posts – formality. I blew by most of the Easter Sunday posts. But later that day it hit me what I had done.

This morning, though a little late, I made an ordinary day special. As I was writing my thoughts, I remembered a couple things I had read recently. In 1 Kings 13 a man of God, after his mission, set out to return the way God told him to return. He turned down an offer to do otherwise. While he was on his way, another man of God caught up with him and made him a similar offer. The original man of God accepted this time. He started well but he didn’t finish well. It cost him his life.

This morning I thought of it in relation to Jesus. He not only started well but He finished well. In my opinion, the most pivotal point in human history is the point recorded in John 12 where Jesus decided to finish well. He was struggling. John is the only one that records it. I can’t improve on how Jesus put it. John couldn’t either evidently. He used Jesus’ very words.

“Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” John 12:27

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