DAY 16 /iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

Day 16 / John Study / She Reads Truth

John 12 / THE FATHER’S SON

THE PANDO TREE

The PANDO tree reminds me of the incredible grace filled mystery…

that We can ALL be one…

the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and me!

Here’s a bit of background on the PANDO tree…

The Trembling Giant, or Pando, is an enormous grove of quaking aspens that take the “forest as a single organism” metaphor and literalizes it: the grove really is a single organism. Each of the approximately 47,000 or so trees in the grove is genetically identical and all the trees share a single root system. While many trees spread through flowering and sexual reproduction, quaking aspens usually reproduce asexually, by sprouting new trees from the expansive lateral root of the parent. The individual trees aren’t individuals, but stems of a massive single clone, and this clone is truly massive.

How is it that we can be one with the Son, as He is one with the Spirit and the Father? It is THE hardest thing to “wrap” our minds around…so the example of the PANDO tree gives me a better “picture” of this.

We have the same ROOT system.  Jesus did not operate separately from the Father. Every step He took was ordained by the Father, realized through the Holy Spirit and active through the connection of the Root.

He picks us up, broken and sinful… brushes us off and makes us worthy.

Only through the Son, can be one.

Oh, what a Savior… Oh, what a FATHER…

for what the Father commanded the Son accomplished.

For me.

For you.

JOHN 44 And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. 47 If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. 49 For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”

Praise His name for His great love and mercy.

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Amen

 

 

 

DAY 15 /iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

Day 15 / John Study / She Reads Truth

To imagine our Lord, our Savior, our Shepherd, our King …having a love so deeply compassionate and empathetic He weeps with us…is just so hard to grasp.

For many of us, we haven’t experienced that kind of love and empathy here on earth.

The definition of empathy is this:

-the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Let’s face it…we are often too busy trying to understand our OWN feelings. We don’t have room to think of someone else’s…unless we think it will be of some benefit to ourselves:) Hard to admit, but true.

The definition of empathy also suggests that we SHARE those feelings…stepping into someone else’s circumstance, to walk through it with them. This is what our loving Jesus demonstrates here in John 11.

John 11

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. 34 And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

Can you see it?

He is with you…walking through whatever circumstance you are in right now. Not only is He with you, but He has a heart of compassion and empathy for you…He has experienced what you are going through…pain, sorrow, abandonment, rejection, betrayal, loss.

Rebecca Faines says this:

“Verse 35, tells us that “Jesus wept” for his friend Lazarus. Death has struck a blow, and Jesus weeps to see sin and its consequences in a fallen world. But His tears are not an indication of defeat. Instead, there at Lazarus’s tomb, Christ wages war on death, arresting the powers of death and decay, and reversing them.”

He takes our hand and walks us out of that circumstance!

I am overwhelmed by His love and provision daily.

Let’s raise our hands in praise for His unending love.

JOHN 11 WHEN JESUS WEPT

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Xo,

DAY 12 / iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

Day 11 / John Study / She Reads Truth

THE GOOD SHEPHERD

We have a GOOD SHEPHERD, not a cold general…true words from Claire Gibson today:)

I learned many years ago, that the way to structure any fruit bearing ministry, is not to be a general but a shepherd. To model Christ to others with the intention of creating a  “trickle down” effect.

If we intentional Shepherd our leaders (care for, guide, protect, come alongside, communicate regularly, train up) they will then, in turn, shepherd others. They will have received the benefits from the Shepherd. Fruit will grow and their hearts will desire to share. It naturally occurs when we experience Christ’s goodness and provision. We know His voice and we desire to follow. He calls us to proclaim the Good News…to “pay it forward.”

In Acts 20:28, Paul refers to pastors.

“Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock (church), in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” Acts 20:28

Here, however, he uses the verb form of the word, which is translated “to feed” (ASV) or “to care for” (ESV). Pastors feed, tend, and protect the church. They are to do all the things that a shepherd would do for a flock.

Those of us who function as an “overseer” (someone in leadership) are called to care for the flock in this way.

“Pastors are to feed their people with the Word, exhorting them in sound doctrine (Tit. 1:9–10), proclaiming to them the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27). Pastors are to guard their people against false doctrine and those who would lead them astray (Acts 20:29–31). Pastors are to lead their people by providing a godly example (Heb. 13:7), equipping them for ministry (Eph. 4:12), and wisely directing the affairs of the church (1 Tim. 5:17). Pastors are to care for their people by tenderly providing whatever counsel, help, and encouragement they need.”

-Bobby Jamieson (a PhD student in New Testament at the University of Cambridge.)

In a word, pastors care. They don’t just care about their people, they care for them. They know them. They seek them out.

Intentionally Shepherding is a form of pastoring. As we model Christ, the Good Shepherd to others, they can experience Him in a tangible way.

They will know His love and learn to hear His voice.

2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.  -John 10

Our Good Shepherd goes after every lost sheep. Oh, how grateful I am for His heart to save His wandering flock!

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“There are times when I’d still prefer to follow a god who sends orders via envelope or email, telling me explicitly where to go and what to do next. But that’s not real relationship. The direction and assurance I seek—that each of us need—are found solely in Jesus, the Shepherd-God.

We move toward Him, not only because we want to, but because He is the only Way. His voice is the only one we were meant to follow.”

-Claire Gibson

May we each have ears to hear our Good Shepherd ❤️