Sunday, June 5, 2011

I'm It

I've been a bit remiss in fulfilling my meme duties over the past few weeks.

Victor tagged me during Lent to share 5 things I love about Jesus.   

And Karinann passed on a meme where I have to choose my three favorite Scripture verses. 

I think most of you that read this blog also read theirs, so I don't need to gush on about how wonderful both of them are.  But if you need me to just let me know ...

In any case, two memes are one too many for my simple mind to work on - so I'm going to break some rules and combine them.  

(sound of blogosphere gasping in unison)

I know, I know.  But here it goes.  I'm going to find my three favorite verses that show why I love Jesus.   

Drumroll please .... 

Number 3:  John 13:1-17

Jesus washes His disciples' feet.

I love Jesus not only because He showed great humility by performing this act, but because He did it to teach us.  Equally powerful, though, was when He did it.  On the night he was about to be handed over to death, He loved us enough to keep teaching.  How did He keep such focus?  Such a caring frame of mind?  It is beyond my comprehension - but certainly not taken for granted.

Number 2:   John 21:15-17

Jesus asks Peter if he loves Him three times.

We've all been guilty of doing or saying the wrong thing.  Remember how badly you wanted a do-over?  I can't imagine the guilt poor Peter must have been living with after denying our Lord three times.  Jesus lets him redeem himself in one of the most beautiful gestures in the entire Gospel.  

I love Him for showing me that same forgiveness.

Number 1:   1 Peter 2:21-24

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 
 “He committed no sin,
   and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 

A perfect summary of the sacrifice Christ made for us.   It captures His innocence, His obedience, and His love.  

And, of course, it reminds me of the most important reason I love Jesus.

Thanks again to Victor and Karinann.

God Bless you.


Unknown said...

Actually Michael, I liked how you linked the 2 memes. Great picks and please do not gush on my behalf~ I am really trying to work on my humility :)
Thanks for sharing your love for Jesus in these memes and in all your posts. God bless!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Thank you Michael for sharing these beautiful passages from Scripture.

I hope you're keeping well.

God bless you always.

Daily Grace said...

Like Peter, I have longed for many "do overs" in my life...sometimes on a daily basis. I like how you say " Jesus lets him redeem himself", it gives me hope.

Very nice Michael. Thank you.

none said...

What a clever way to do both memes! :) These are essential scripture quotes. I also like how you explain the context or background story of each one.

God's Blessings to you in return.

Mary N. said...

These are great picks, Michael. I love the passage where Jesus asks Peter if he loves him, too! Great post and an excellent idea to mix these two beautiful memes :)

Michael said...

Thank you for your kind comments everyone. God Bless!