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“The phrase ‘I’ve been there’ is in the chorus of Christ’s theme song.”

A thought by Max Lucado (2012-12-31) from his book, Next Door Savior: Near Enough to Touch, Strong Enough to Trust(p. 22). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
I don’t know what you are going through today.I’ve been a lot of places and been through a lot of things in my 70 years but I haven’t been everywhere, I haven’t experienced everything.But Jesus has.
Max says, “Jesus has been there. He experienced ‘all the pain, all the testing’ (Heb. 2: 18 MSG). Jesus was angry enough to purge the temple, hungry enough to eat raw grain, distraught enough to weep in public, fun loving enough to be called a drunkard, winsome enough to attract kids, weary enough to sleep in a storm-bounced boat, poor enough to sleep on dirt and borrow a coin for a sermon illustration, radical enough to get kicked out of town, responsible enough to care for his mother, tempted enough to know the smell of Satan, and fearful enough to sweat blood.
“But why? Why would h…

“The cache of Christianity is Christ.”

A thought by Max Lucado (2012-12-31) from his book, Next Door Savior: NearEnough to Touch, Strong Enough to Trust(p. 15). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
I like how Max leads us to this statement.He says, “Do you journey to the Grand Canyon for the souvenir T-shirt or the snow globe with the snowflakes that fall when you shake it? No. The reward of the Grand Canyon is the Grand Canyon. The wide-eyed realization that you are part of something ancient, splendid, powerful, and greater than you.”
He then says, “The cache of Christianity is Christ. Not money in the bank or a car in the garage or a healthy body or a better self-image. Secondary and tertiary fruits perhaps. But the Fort Knox of faith is Christ. Fellowship with him. Walking with him. Pondering him. Exploring him. The heart-stopping realization that in him you are part of something ancient, endless, unstoppable, and unfathomable. And that he, who can dig the Grand Canyon w…

“Seems you, like David, have much in common with Jesus.”

A thought by Max Lucado (2013-04-29) from his book, Facing Your Giants: God Still Does the Impossible (p. 175). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Have you ever thought of how big a deal that is?
Max says, “Big deal? I think so. Jesus understands you. He understands small-town anonymity and big-city pressure. He’s walked pastures of sheep and palaces of kings. He’s faced hunger, sorrow, and death and wants to face them with you. Jesus ‘understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it’ (Heb. 4: 15– 16 NLT).”
Max then says, “But here is something amazing about Jesus, Jesus never missed the mark. Equally amazing, he never distances himself from those who do. Just read the first verse of Matthew’s gospel. Jesus knew David’s ways. He witnessed the adultery…