July 13

Written by Bill Grandi on July 13th, 2020

How should I feel when I read these words? “Now when He had spoken these things, He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. Now it came to pas, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them while they watched and carried up into heaven. And a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.’ ”  (Scriptures from Luke 24 and Acts 1)

How should I feel? That means, except for a few extras, I have finished One Perfect Life, the complete story of Jesus by John MacArthur. I began on January 1 and finished July 10. I read the last week of Jesus twice-once during Lent and again as I continued to read the story of Jesus.  So…how do I feel?

  • Gratified. I read the life of Jesus from beginning (including some OT prophecies) to end.
  • Overwhelmed. The greatest man who ever lived left His legacy all over me. I see Him in all history. I see His influence in lives before me; near me; and in the future.
  • Humbled. This could be the strongest emotion. That such a great man could love me blows me away. He humbled Himself to become a man in order to give His life so I can become a son of God. What love is so great that it would do that? Only His.

There are more reactions bubbling within me than those three. Those are what I am feeling this morning-gratified, overwhelmed, and humbled.  “Father, may I never lose the wonder of Jesus and the power of His Word.”


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Oh, Amen, Bill. I got emotional reading this post. His love for me totally undoes me! I bless Jesus’ Holy Name.

  2. Gratified, overwhelmed and humbled. Those are emotions that should strike us all when we think of what Jesus did for us. He is perfect man, perfect God, and a friend like no other.
    Blessings, Bill!

  3. Ed says:

    That was a fire starter for sure!