Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
Those verses are always convicting to me. What struck me, though, was that a verse later He followed that declaration with...
Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name.
Jesus, as Son of God, was willing and ready to fulfill the Father's will. Jesus, as Son of Man, felt the physical and emotional struggle of that choice. His soul was troubled, even though His heart was fixed.
Then comes a precious comfort.
Then came there a voice from heaven, saying "I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again."
Christ didn't need the voice to convince Him of the Father's presence or to enable Him to do what was right (vs 30). It was for those standing there then, and for us reading His Word now. When our hearts are firmly fixed on following Christ and glorifying God, but we find ourselves emotionally troubled and physically weak, God is there.
He is there to comfort.
He is there to encourage.
He is there to glorify Himself in spite of our shortcomings through the power of Christ and the presence of the Holy Spirit.
What a precious God we serve! He comforts us in all our tribulations so we can learn to comfort others in the same way we have been comforted. Let's watch for opportunities to learn from Him this week and be a blessing to others as well.
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever.
Amen. Hebrews 13:20,21
Today's Happy Monday prompt...
One of my favorite comforting promises in Scripture is...