The picture above is a Byzantine mosaic of Christ which comes from an 11th century monastery outside Athens known as Daphni Monastery – to read more about it visit the site I’ve noted under the picture – it’s quite interesting.
As I continue on in my biblical studies I find I’m fascinated by the historical aspect of Christianity; the people of the time; how they learned about Jesus and what they did with that information. I’m currently studying the early parts of Christianity and the New Testament — how we got the Gospels; who wrote what and how the stories made their way around various parts of the world and into the Bible that we know today. It makes me want to go “walk” the Bible and see the places where Jesus taught and performed miracles.
I’ve been reading alot about the disciples and I’m fascinated with their stories – these were simple men that Jesus chose for specific reasons to do specific tasks and spread his message. Jesus knew each one of them had a purpose to fulfill for Him.
I asked myself, had I been a lowly fisherman sitting in my boat one day pulling in my nets and wondering how these few meager fish would feed my family and some man came along and said to me “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men ” (Matthew 4:19 NIV) …would I drop everything and do just that? Follow him? At one point a “teacher of the law” wished to follow Jesus and actually said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Such instantaneous devotion – how I wish I could have been at these places to be an eyewitness, but how would I have reacted? I sometimes think I would have reacted as it states again in Matthew 8:21-22, “Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” That’s powerful stuff — would I have dropped everything, not looking back and followed Him? Or would I have said, but first let me go home and make sure the dog has food and leave a note for my husband?
I don’t know that I would have had what it took to be a true disciple of Christ – I don’t know if I could have suffered through the persecutions the early Christians did as they never went back on or denied their faith in Jesus. I’ve read the early church history and I would urge you to do some reading on early Christianity, too. Would you have allowed a Roman to pull you limb from limb as you refused to worship the Emperor, and refuse to deny that Jesus was Lord? That was faith and it’s something I strive for every day as I wake up and pray,
- “Heavenly Father thank you for granting me another day. Please let me be a blessing to someone all for Your glory and let me do no harm Lord. And may I always seek your guidance first because it is Your will not mine. Be my guide today and every day — You control my life, not me.”
Total submission… following without question – I want to be that disciple. Do you?
Here’s a video of Josh Groban and the African Children’s Choir singing You Raise Me Up. Enjoy – and remember God loves you, is always with you, and will never leave you!