09 Feb We Become What We Behold
Journal Reflection of Day 1 (8th February 2017)
“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! – John 1:29
And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” – John 1:36
We become what we behold.
Behold means “to fix your eyes and take a hold on.” This 21-Days Fast is really a time for us to intentionally and intensely look at Jesus Christ. Some may think that fasting is a spiritual maneuver to arm-lock God to answer their prayers. But it really isn’t. Fasting is more like us interlocking our fingers with His, holding His hand and gazing into His tender eyes of passion for us.
A passionate gaze into His person of grace.
I think recently I watched the best war movie ever – Hacksaw Ridge. Hacksaw Ridge is based on the true story of Private Desmond Doss, an American Army medic in WWII. Doss, excellently played by Andrew Garfield, single-handedly saved the lives of 75 soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa, one of the bloodiest battles in World War II.
There was a particular scene at the end of the movie that moved me strongly and convicted me deeply – that we do become what we see. The scene was on the final assault of Hacksaw Ridge. That assault was put on hold until Desmond Doss finished his devotions and prayers for the soldiers. His commander Captain Jack Glover and his battle mates looked to him for faith and inspiration.
That day, the 307th Infantry Regiment of the 77th Infantry Division overtook Hacksaw Ridge for good!
Have we found ourselves in some challenging or compromising situations?
Are we about to overcome and conquer another mountain in our lives?
Hear the voice of the Holy Spirit,
“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.”
Pastor Ian Toh
Lead Pastor, 3:16 Church