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Finding Jesus

Hello Friends,

Last Saturday morning I went to Roth’s early and bought a bunch of donuts. I’m not a “donut guy” but it was just that kind of day. Interestingly, I had to hustle because a lot of people thought it was “that kind of day” too. The donuts were flying off the shelves fast.

Back at home we put on a pot of coffee and stirred up some orange juice. Denise and I then went around the house waking up the kids and the guests that were staying with us that weekend.

It was Saturday. We call it:  Devos and Donuts Day.

We gathered up around the dining room table with our Bibles, journals, coffee, donuts…all of us in our PJ’s. It was time to get a “word from God from the Word of God.”

I was particularly caught up with Psalm 22 in our PAUSE Bible Reading Plan. I had read this passage many times before, but this particular morning, perhaps due to an amazing Apple Fritter, I noticed something that I don’t think I had seen before:  JESUS.

JESUS was all the way through this Old Testament psalm of David. I didn’t read His actual name, mind you. Instead, I discovered the psalm lyrics that he personally hummed and quoted, and exact words the Gospel writers made reference to in connection to Jesus, the Son of God.

For example:
vs. 1 – “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Jesus said this on the cross).
vs. 6 – “scorned by everyone, despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults…” (compare this to Isaiah 53 and Matthew 27).
vs. 15 – “my mouth is dried up…and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.” (In Luke 23, the soldiers offered him wine vinegar and mocked him).
vs. 16 – “they pierce my hands and feet…they divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.” (Sound familiar?).

JESUS, in his darkest hour, had the psalms (many of which were memorized) to draw strength from. The Psalms were his worship songs and prayers. Jesus drew from the ancient songs of David to worship and pray to his Father.

Friends, this is an invitation, I believe, to see Jesus everywhere WE look. I found him in Psalm 22 on a Saturday morning, while sipping coffee and eating donuts, in my PJ’s.

Are you looking for Jesus? He’s everywhere. Keep your eyes open!

Blessings,

John