62 To him Yeshua said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and keeps looking back is fit to serve in the Kingdom of God.”
I cannot fall back on past success and consider myself actively working for the Kingdom. Adonai commands that I actively show proof of my trust through action. Abba grant that I be that strong worker.
After this, Yosef of Ramatayim, who was a talmid of Yeshua, but a secret one out of fear of the Judeans, asked Pilate if he could have Yeshua’s body. Pilate gave his consent, so Yosef came and took the body away. Also Nakdimon, who at first had gone to see Yeshua by night, came with some seventy pounds of spices—a mixture of myrrh and aloes. They took Yeshua’s body and wrapped it up in linen sheets with the spices, in keeping with Judean burial practice.
Being a believer in Adonai is not easy. By placing our trust in Yeshua there will be times that we are tested just like Yosef and Nakdimon (Joseph and Nicodemus). Yet it is how we act in those times that determine if we refine or blemish our witness to others. I don’t know if I would have been as strong as these men at the crucifixion, I would like to think so but I also know how many times I have failed when put to the test. Abba I have tried often to be a good son, but only under my own will and not trusting fully in Yours. Forgive me for my shortcomings and strengthen me through Your Ruach so I may be like Yosef and Nakdimon who stood beside You even if it meant losing all. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
I no longer call you slaves, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is about; but I have called you friends, because everything I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
While Yeshua was teaching his talmidim, the disciples, this is a word for us as well. Being friends or as Sha’ul says “joint heirs” we are entitled to everything Adonai had granted Yeshua, to walk this land with power and grace so others may come to know Him. As we see the worldly seem to overcome good we as believers need to remember and cling to this. Dear Lord I grieve over the senseless deaths and abuses that I have been made aware of this weekend. Abba please bring Your peace, Your Shalom, to this world. Let an outpouring of despair turn to a flood of rejoicing in Your name. I ask this all in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Yeshua answered him, “If someone loves me, he will keep my word; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
There is only communion with Adonai when we keep the Word that He has given us. It is really that simple. Thank You Abba for Your loving kindness, without which I am nothing. Amen.