The Last Hour (Jn 1:12) by Dr. Rich Reich

31 Dec The Last Hour (Jn 1:12) by Dr. Rich Reich

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion(FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). LeadersGuest Authors.

“But to those who did accept [Jesus] he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name.” ~ Jn 1:12 (full readings)

Rich’s Reflections:  On this last day of the secular year, we can tie up loose ends and be able to say what Jesus said moments before His death:  “It is finished” (Jn 19:30).  Take a few moments to reflect back on the year 2012.  Was it a good year or a bad year?  The revolutionary in Jerusalem was having a bad year.  He was arrested and sentenced to die by crucifixion.  Then his bad year got even worse.  He was whipped painfully and then had to carry a heavy crossbeam.  He was crucified on his cross and the pain was unbearable.  He couldn’t hold in his resentment, and began to scream insults (Mk 15:32) at the crucified Jesus, Who “happened” to be hanging next to him.  Then, despite his pain and bitterness, he stopped thinking of himself and fixed his eyes on Jesus (Heb 3:1).  He saw the royal dignity of Jesus in His suffering.  He painfully pulled himself upright and defended Jesus publicly (Lk 23:40-41).  Then, in a miraculous conversion, he uttered the final words of his year and his life:  ” ‘Jesus, remember me when You enter upon Your reign.’ And Jesus replied, ‘I assure you this day you will be with Me in paradise’ ” (Lk 23:42-43).  The worst year of his life in its final hour became his best year.  Don’t give up on 2012 just because “it is the last hour” (1 Jn 2:18).  Bring your frustrations and shattered hopes to Jesus, “the End” (Rv 22:13), for with Him, it is never too late.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the LIFE Group Devotions and the National LIFE Runners Team.  He is married to Erica and lives in Satellite Beach, FL.  Full bio.

Faith Challenge:  Spend some time today reflecting on the year 2012 and lift up any frustrations and shattered hopes to Jesus.  

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Through Christ our Lord,
James 1:22


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