Jesus Is Thinking of You!

Ernst Kraft

Dear friends, it is wonderful to know that the Lord Jesus not only thinks about His church generally, but also knows each of us personally. “He calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out” (John 10:3b). He doesn’t simply drive his flock out, but minds the condition of each one. “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young” (Is 40:11).

A child cannot endure as much as an adult. That’s why Jesus doesn’t lump us all together. No, everyone is handled personally by Him. He knew, for example, that Peter suffered inwardly after failing and denying his Lord. Jesus understood Peter, thought of him with compassion, and encouraged him anew (Mark 16; John 21:11ff.).

Psalm 115:12 says: “The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us.” The Lord, in love and mercy, thinks of His redeemed. He has thoughts of peace and not of suffering for us (Jer 29:11). He also doesn’t just remember us from time to time, as we do with Him. Rather, “When I awake, I am still with thee” (Ps 139:18b).

When Satan desired to sift Peter and the other disciples like wheat, the Lord said to him, “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not” (Luke 22:32). Jesus remembered Peter and prayed for him. If anyone understands you, it’s Jesus Christ. Thomas, who had so much trouble with his doubts, also weighed heavily on His mind (John 20:24-27).

Jesus thinks of you, especially when you have many needs and problems. We think of our children especially when they’re ill. Christ worries about us in the same way, and cares about us when we don’t see how things can possibly turn out all right. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Heb 4:15).

Although He thinks of us so lovingly and caringly, we often forget Him in our everyday life. We live our lives, and often only remember Him when things go wrong. Proverbs says: “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Prov 3:6). God loves us tenderly and grants us each new day in Christ. “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Rom 8:32).

Jesus awaits a response from us. When He healed the ten lepers, only one came back to thank him, and the Lord asked where the other nine were (Luke 17:17). The tender love and goodness of our Lord should lead us to the reaction we read about in Psalm 116:12-14: “What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.”

The kindness of Jesus, His patience with me, His love—all of this should bring me to the point where I repent of my indifference to Him, abandon my lukewarmness, and surrender my life more and more to my Lord Jesus Christ. “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” (Rom 2:4).

If we open our hearts to the Lord Jesus, then in communion with Him, we will certainly know His love, which surpasses all knowledge (Eph 3:19). We can and should live joyfully and happily in the knowledge: “Jesus thinks about me. He loves me, and I want to love Him, too.” The Lord promises: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Rev 3:20).

Let us love Him, for He first loved us (1 John 4:19).

Maranatha, our Lord, come!

Midnight Call - 10/2018

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