Day 3: Why is it Important to You That Jesus Can See You Fully?

Jesus Sees the Wholeness

Read Mark 14:27-31

And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same.

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Journal:

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Why is it important to you that Jesus can see you fully??

About cashclan

Lisa is a grateful, born-again follower of Jesus Christ who has spent her adult life on the Gospel in several global contexts. She is the wife of one wonderful, jungle-gym of a man, who is to her the single most ravishing piece of flesh on planet earth (stolen good-heartedly from Christine Caine). She is a dedicated home educator to their four beautiful children, ages 6 to 12, whom she would be happy to gush over any time. She is an avid reader and a storyteller, an aspiring writer, a missionary to the nations and a singer of His praises, a loyal friend, an obsessive-compulsive Googler, and comedienne extraordinaire on her best days. She would also like to think that she is a loyal and loving, truth-telling friend.
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2 Responses to Day 3: Why is it Important to You That Jesus Can See You Fully?

  1. cashclan says:

    There are a couple of things that really struck me in this passage. First of all, every time it says “fall away,” the original Greek for that phrase is “to be offended.” The English word, interestingly, is “skandalizo.” God forbid that we should be offended by Jesus! Oh, don’t get me wrong-I HAVE been, but thankfully, He is faithful time and again to show me just how small my thoughts are compared to His. This just really sort of spiritually body-slammed me.

    What does this say about God? That He really doesn’t care so much about offending us, but rather about getting us over ourselves so that we’ll trust in Him so completely that even His mysterious afflictions will not shake our faith in Him. I want to be like Job, really and truly, and be able to say from the pit of my soul, “Though He slay me, still I will trust in Him” every single time He slays me.

    Another really interesting thing here is that this passage comes right after verse 26 (duh!) which states that they had JUST participated in the very solemn first Holy Communion with Jesus and had just sung psalms. Now ya’ll know I am a singer, and I love my Jesus more than anything. But yeah, it might just be easy to be offended if you just experienced such spiritual intimacy with the Messiah who knows your soul, and then He tells you an hour later that they were all about to be offended by Him enough so that they’d all scatter. That’s be pretty hard to take. OUCH.

    Also, Jesus said flat-out, “I will strike [smite] the shepherd.” If ever there were an argument against Jesus being murdered, is this not it? He was not murdered; He willingly laid His life down. He gave His life for the very ones who would be offended by Him. And one more hard-hitting thing that I’m pretty sure we all realized as we contemplated this passage: I AM PETER. I too think I’m strong enough to resist. I too think I’m a little bit stronger than the rest, that I’m different somehow and could bear the terror. But if my crazy life and His sovereign afflictions have taught me anything at all, it’s that I too am Peter.

    But most touching of all in this passage is that Jesus really SAW Peter. This does something to me that I cannot put into words. He saw all of Peter’s issues, all of his doubts, the true sum of his faith and courage—and yet he also saw something in Peter that made him a suitable vessel to be chosen as the first Head of the first Christian Church. This gives me great hope that maybe (just maybe) God can make something of my little life. Because I can feel it that He sees me too, and there’s nothing like that feeling.

  2. Teri says:

    It is important that God sees me fully because it testifies to his omniscience. If he didn’t know everything, I’d question his qualification and ability to be God. How would he be any better or different than us with our limited knowledge and awareness of all the things going on in the world?
    On a personal level, it gives me comfort to know that he knows me completely-the good and the bad. He knows how best to correct the bad. He knows how to bring out, develop, and use the good. Also, there have been really hard times when I’ve prayed, “God, this is one of the hardest things I’ve ever been through! Do you see how broken my heart is? Are you going to heal my heart? I can’t continue like this forever!” It was in those times that he confirmed and spoke to my heart, “YES! I am El Roi. I SEE YOU! I KNOW your heartache. My grace is sufficient for you! There is a purpose in all of this! Hold tight to me. I’ve got this.” Lastly, it gives me hope to know that God can/will use me even though he knows my shortcomings.

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