Daily D – Luke 22:39, 54
Luke 22:39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. (NIV)
Luke 22:54 Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. (NIV)
How closely we follow Jesus most often depends on how convenient and safe it is. After Jesus initiated what we call the Lord’s Supper, his disciples followed him to the Mount of Olives. After he was arrested, Peter followed at a distance.
Is this an immediate presence day or an at-a-distance day?
Is this an “Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before” day? Or is this a “going got tough, now I gotta get going” day?
Read this chapter and see how Jesus provides everything his disciples needed for what was happening in those moments, including a reminder that where he guides, he provides (verse 35).
Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered.
It is always better to stay close to Jesus.
Peter’s problems began when he placed some distance — physical and relational — between himself and Jesus.
This is also true for you and for me.
Referees in an NFL football game were trying to decide if a team had made a first down. They dragged the chains onto the field to measure. The ball was close, really, really close, to the yard marker. How close? The referee took an index card and tried to slide it between the marker and the ball. That’s pretty close.
That’s about as far away from Jesus as I ever want to get. How about you?
Today is a good day to walk with Jesus. Stick close to him. He’s all you need. The longer you do this, the more you will discover he is also all you want.
I will walk ever-more closely with Jesus.
Our Father, keep me closer than an index card’s distance today and every day. I want to be with you. I want to go with you. I want what you want for me. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.