Consider Jesus Conclusion
As you look back on these past 40 days and consider Jesus, what has stood out to you about Him? What has been rekindled in you regarding Him? How do you know Him better or see Him through refreshed eyes? What about Him do you want to consider more closely? Do you have a deeper appreciation for how much better He is than anything to which He could be compared?
Considering Jesus is not meant to be just a season in our lives, it is meant to be the pursuit of our lifetimes, indeed of all of eternity. The Apostle Paul said his greatest desire was to know Christ, and that should be the desire of all who have had the Holy Spirit kindled in them through the saving power of the Lord. Because He is so wonderful, we will never come to the end of the marvelous things to discover while considering Him.
Is that a deepening desire in your life? If so, let me encourage you to make this an ongoing prayer request, “Lord, enable me to know You in deeper, richer, fuller ways, and to be increasingly conformed into Your image as I do.” Then, as you read the Scripture, pay attention to what it says about Jesus. Get a notebook and jot down what you see, even if it isn’t necessarily new to you. As you do this, apply what you are seeing, either praising Him for the attributes or character revealed in the passage, or asking the Lord to grow you to be like Him in regard to what the Holy Spirit is showing you as you Consider Jesus.
For example, when you read in the Gospels how the crowds were amazed by Jesus (Matt. 7:28; 8:27; 9:33; 13:54; 15:31, for starters) pay attention to the many reasons given for their amazement, and pray, “Lord, You are amazing! Your love, your power, your mercy…they amaze me as I consider them! Help me to see even more to be amazed at concerning You.”
Or, when you read how Jesus was filled with compassion (Matt. 9:36; 14:14; 15:32; 20:34; Mk. 6:34, and others), give Him thanks and praise for His compassion, perhaps specifically mentioning the times when you have felt that compassion in your own life. This kind of remembering and considering are hugely important for our ability to more deeply know Him and worship Him. Then ask Him to grow His compassion more fully in your own life. Ask Him to point out someone for whom His compassion especially needs to be kindled in your heart.
One last example, and this one from our featured book of Hebrews, is found in Chapter 10, verses 19-23, “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” This passage invites us to re-consider all that His mercy and grace has purchased for us, to wonder anew about our redemption (and especially our Redeemer!) and to realize afresh that because of His finished work, those nail-pierced hands are open wide to receive us, inviting us to draw near. This passage is so rich with things to consider about Jesus, it may take a while to fully absorb it.
Cover to cover the Scriptures are filled with pictures of Jesus to consider. Let us approach the Word each day like the treasure trove of Him that it is, and daily Consider Jesus.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries
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