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Daily Reading: 9th July 2015

John 14.19-20

19 In yet a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you see Me; because I live you also will live.

20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father and you are in Me and I am in you.

Times of change will always be with us.

Throughout our lives we are all faced with having to make changes, or adjusting to the changes that are made by others around us.

Standing still in life is not an option, although there are those who would prefer to remain static, stuck in a non-existent changeless time.

A time of change was fast approaching for Jesus and His disciples, and Jesus informs them that the world will no longer see Him, but that they would see Him.

Jesus must be referring to His departure from this world through His death on the cross, and also to His resurrection three days later. When Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared to those who loved Him and who were obedient to Him. This was initially to some of the women and then the disciples.

It was a time of tremendous change.

The disciples must have realized that they were in a critical time, a time of enormous change, when Jesus would no longer be in the world. Earlier Jesus had told them that He was to be arrested and crucified, and that three days later He would be raised from the dead:

And He began to teach them that it is necessary for the Son of Man to suffer a lot, and to be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and to be put to death and after three days to be raised from the dead – Mark 8.31.

The disciples may have struggled to grasp what Jesus was saying, but now they were on the verge of the greatest change that they had ever known.

When Jesus went to the cross He set in motion the greatest changing point in the whole of history.

Whenever someone comes to the cross of Jesus in repentance and self denial, they come to the greatest change that they will ever know in their life.

It is changing from not knowing Jesus to knowing Him as our personal Saviour.

It is the change from being spiritually blind to being able to see spiritually.

The Hymn writer wrote these words:

Lord, I was blind; I could not see
In Thy marred visage any grace,
But now the beauty of Thy face
In radiant vision dawns on me.

W T Mason 1833-1899.

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