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WALK TO JERUSALEM
WITH JESUS ON THE MOUNTAIN
"Christ was continually receiving from the Father that He might communicate with us. 'The word which ye hear,' He said, 'is not Mine, but the Father's which sent Me' (John 14:24). 'The Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister' (Matthew 20:28). Not for Himself, but for others, He lived and thought and prayed. From hours spent with God, He came forth morn- ing by morning, to bring the light of heaven to men. Daily He received a fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit. In the early hours of the new day, the Lord awakened Him from His slumbers, and His soul and His lips were anointed with grace, that He might impart to others" (Christ's Object Lessons, p. 139).
The words of the prophet shows us the same picture of Jesus: "The Lord God has given me the tongue of disciples, that I may know how to sustain a weary one with a word. He awakens me morning by morning; He awakens me to listen as a disciple" (Isaiah 50:1, NAS).
What does it mean to listen as a disciple? Is it different from listening to a friend? Usually when we talk with family or friends, we share what is happening in our lives. And when we listen to what they have to say, we find out what is important to them. Is it any different with Jesus? When we open the Bible, we find out what is on His mind and heart. But Christ takes it one step further. He doesn't merely explain what is important to Him but what is important for us.
When we listen as a disciple, we also listen as a student. For a disciple is someone in training, who is learning from a wiser and more experienced teacher. But a disciple's goals extend beyond mere knowledge. For the Savior tells us, "A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher" (Luke 6:40). That's why the goal of listening isn't merely information (although it should begin there). It's also transformation. We listen to be like Jesus.
When we open the Bible, we reach out to God and He reaches out to us. God's Word comes to life as we come to Jesus with a real hunger to know Him and follow in His footsteps. And that hunger is satisfied when we take time to really listen.
When Peter, James and John followed Jesus up Mount Tabor, they beheld Him in all His glory. We catch a glimpse of that glory when we sit at Christ's feet. But before we open our mouths like Peter did--hardly knowing what we will say--we need first to listen to Christ.
We might be eager to witness or do big things for God. But before we head down the mountain, listen to what the Father says: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!" (Matthew 17:5) Those last 2 words say so much, don't they? Be quiet and listen to Jesus. As you read the Bible, listen for the voice of Christ through His Spirit. He has a personal message for you in His Word. He wants to give you life that is flowing from the Scriptures--health for your body and soul. So before you jump up and race through your day, take time to linger and listen. What is Jesus saying to you today? What is the deep purpose that you find in His Word?
As we walk to Jerusalem, please don't walk too fast. Ask the Lord to slow you down so you have time to sit at His feet and listen to His words of life.
FOR DEEPER BLESSINGS
*Read Matthew 17:1-9
* Read The Desire of Ages, pp. 419-425