John: “It’s becoming real, isn’t it? Everything we’ve prepared for.”Jesus and John at 18:10 minute mark…
Jesus: “It is.”
John: “I mean, it’s always been real, but it’s one thing to preach about it, to hear my Abba’s prophecy growing up and your Ima’s song. But it’s heavy when it becomes real. No? [pause] Do you feel ready?”
Jesus: “I’m always ready to do my Father’s will, but that doesn’t make it easy.”
John: “Listen. I was rude to you before. But it’s only because we go back so far… But, you know that my heart is yours. My life is yours. The sole reason that I was miraculously conceived by two old people was to pave the way for you. I’m just impatient for you to get to work.”
Jesus: “I understand. [pause] And I’m grateful for your part. You have done God’s work, albeit in a unique way.”
John: “Guilty as charged. John & Jesus share a laugh] Perhaps a poor choice of words.”
There is so much in that brief exchange as pictured that grabs my heart and rings true to the Scriptures (Matthew 3:1-17, 11:1-15, 14:1-12). At the height of John’s ministry and well into Jesus’ sojourn with His disciples, these words speak of what happens when faith is tested, matures, and then is tested again.
This morning Julia and I were enjoying a video in which Kristyn Getty sings (link below),
By faith we see the hand of God / In the light of creation’s grand design / In the lives of those who prove His faithfulness / Who walk by faith and not by sight.”
And then, she bravely sings the commitment that Julia and I have tried to follow all our lives,
We will stand as children of the promise / We will fix our eyes on Him our soul’s reward / Till the race is finished and the work is done / We’ll walk by faith and not by sight…By faith the mountain shall be moved / And the pow’r of the gospel shall prevail / For we know in Christ all things are possible / For all who call upon His name.Keith Getty | Kristyn Getty | Stuart Townend / © 2009 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) / Getty Music Publishing (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
Upon hearing this song, Julia softly said, “It’s getting so real — all we’ve prepared for.”
“It’s getting so real, all we’ve prepared for…”
Every moment of our journey in following Christ we’ve experienced His grace. We’ve often been brought to the end of ourselves and called by God’s Spirit to simply and completely trust Him to work all things out for good. Each of those moments was a precious opportunity to discover His grace and majestic glory, but they were also a preparation for that day when everything is on the line.
That’s the day in which Julia and I find ourselves. Yesterday afternoon as our daughter was arriving with some groceries, Julia fell into one of her desperate struggles to breathe. For half an hour we fought with desperate breath prayers (short phrases prayed in rhythm to Julia’s breathing) until once again the storm in her body was calmed by the Christ and her O2 numbers began to stabilize in the 90s.
This is when it gets real – when we are “guilty as charged” for believing in the Christ -when we are ready to put away growing dependance on drugs to fight the battle and accept what comfort they can give us – when we realize the ONLY reason we were born is to bring a grateful and faithful witness to the truth and grace of Jesus Christ.
Like John we once again say, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (See John 3:22-36)
Video Clip of Jesus and John’s dialog…