Monday – December 25, 2017 – John 12:23-28
One night a while ago, my mind began singing the old country music song, “Just When I needed You Most” by Randy VanWarmer. He sings of his wife who just packed up one morning and walked out, not even saying “Good-bye!” The desolation he feels really comes through as he states that she left just when he needed her most. I began to think, “How sad to be deserted in your hour of need!” How would you recover from that? And why would someone do that?! I quickly examined myself and wondered if I had ever known someone who had done such a thing. The answer was quick: Jesus’ disciples deserted Him in Gethsemane when He needed them to pray for strength to go to the Cross. They deserted Him as His fake trial dragged on through the night. They deserted Him when the verdict was pronounced and He endured the abuse and the long trip to Golgotha’s Hill. They watched as He was crucified, and then they failed to believe when told He had risen from the dead! I think they truly left Him, just when He needed them most! But would I do that? What about those times when I was too weak to do His will when He made it known to me, or when I was presented with a clear opportunity to share my story with someone and I chickened out? Maybe we have all been guilty at one time or another, but I do know that His forgiveness and His understanding are available when we realize our betrayal. Though “we left Him just when he needed us most,” His response that first Christmas was to “Come, just when we needed Him most.”
And furthermore, He has never left us! He came the first time long ago, He is with us in the Holy Spirit now, and He will come again to make all things new and to take us to be with Him! Forever!
This Christmas I am singing new words to that old song, and I hope you’ll join me in witness of His great love:
“Now I love you more than I
loved you before, and now
where I’ll find comfort, God knows
‘Cause He came to me
just when I needed Him most!”
Lord Jesus, You showed us all through your days on this earth that You will never leave us nor forsake us. Thank you – and help me to stand true for you among the trials of this life until you come again and take me to be home with you forevermore. Amen.