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It seems hard to believe we're at the start of the New Year already and what can be said of the year that has just passed for you and for me? Has it been a happy one or one fraught with frustration and disappointment?
We may even be trying to recover from a few heartaches leftover from last year and yet we still wish one another “Happy New Year!” How optimistic are we that it will actually be just that? Of course we all hope and even pray that it will be!
The following little comments are about three people who had something in common and what they had in common was directly related to their attitude of heart concerning the Lord Jesus.

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 “And the second time the cock crew.
And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him,
Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.
And when he thought thereon, he wept.”
Mark 14: 72

Peter was a companion of the Lord Jesus. He had followed Him faithfully for the past three years or so and now things were getting hostile for the Lord and threatening to be so for all who loved Him as well. However Peter bravely and boldly declared to His Lord that He would be faithful to Him even to death!

Peter’s intention was admirable and yet when the pressure was on, and when it was time for Peter to make a stand, He denied the Lord he loved with oaths and curses. However, the Lord told him he would, but Peter couldn’t conceive in his mind that he could ever do such a thing like that – yet he did, and upon his denial when he remembered the words of His beloved Lord, it broke his heart! Luke tells us that he went out and “wept bitterly.”

Peter’s almost inconsolable sadness was derived from his denial of his Lord. Thankfully the account doesn’t end there; for Peter's misery was turned into joy - when Jesus came and spent time alone with him. What precious moments these must have been between Peter and His beloved Lord Jesus.

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 “And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou?
She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord,
and I know not where they have laid him.
And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing,
and knew not that it was Jesus.
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?
She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him,
Sir, if thou have borne him hence,
tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
Jesus saith unto her, Mary.”
John 20: 13-16

Nobody had ever touched the heart of this dear woman like the Lord Jesus. He had completely changed her life one day when He brought freedom and order into her messed up existence. She had followed Him and probably had seen Him suffer, bleed and die on a cross having been treated worse than a common criminal. She had come to anoint His dead body – it was the very least she could do – it was all she could do for Him. Horror of horrors – His body was gone! The place where He was laid was now empty!
For Mary, her sorrow was derived from her discovery of the empty tomb and her failure to appreciate that He was risen from among the dead. However the gloom of Mary was soon ended when Jesus came and turned her sorrow into unspeakable joy.

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“And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus,
which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned,
Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
And he said unto them,
What manner of communications are these
that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him,
Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem,
and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?
And he said unto them, What things?
And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth,
which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
and how the chief priests and our rulers
delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel:
and beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done."
Acts 24: 13-21

Picture if you will these two people in quiet conversation as they journeyed to Emmaus. Heads bowed low to match the gloom in their heart. Fresh in their minds were the events of the past few days when their beloved Lord Jesus was taken by wicked hands and crucified. They had hoped that He would redeem Israel but now He was dead! Or was He?
The sadness of these two individuals was derived from the doubts and disappointments they had concerning the Lord Jesus. However soon their gloom was dispelled when Jesus came and they heard Him open up the Scriptures and reveal to them the things “concerning Himself.”
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Could it be that much of the sadness we know in our lives is derived from our failure to speak up for our Lord when we could have, or from our failure to appreciate that this precious One is really alive! How many of us are doubtful and fearful when perhaps we joyfully lived in the strength of faith not so long ago? The answer to this malady is the same every time.
The answer is Jesus.
One among the uncountable wonders of God’s beloved Son is this: that He never condemns His people for letting Him down or for failing to appreciate that He is alive or for even sometimes doubted him. Just as He was there for the dear folks we have just read about, so He is there for His dear people today.
Come away from the clutter, the busyness and the noise of life and seek some time alone with God. Just like Peter, like Mary and like the two on the Emmaus road, you need time alone with the One who already knows what’s going on inside of you. It may be that some honest words need to be said on your part and if necessary, some tears need to be shed also. However, this is the means to a certain happy conclusion even as it was for those we have been considering today.
Perhaps this little thought is perfectly timed just for you to assist in your assurance of the peace and comfort you have been longing for.
D. W.
 
(The above thoughts are based on an encouraging word shared some time ago by a loved one in our church family. Too special to be forgotten.)
 

"May the infant of Bethlehem, Jesus of Nazareth, the Man of Calvary, the Lord of glory
become increasingly precious in the days that lie ahead."

A. Patterson

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  1. Helen

    Thanks again Mandy. Remembering you all and family details. May God continue to bless your good work Love Helen (& and Margaret)

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