I came that they may have life. (John 10:10 NRSV)

Bruce Larson in his book, LIVING BEYOND OUR FEARS, tells a great story about a judge in Yugoslavia who had an unfortunate accident. He was electrocuted when he reached up to turn on the light while standing in the bathtub. His wife found his body sprawled on the bathroom floor. He was pronounced dead and, as was the custom in that particular town, he was placed in a room under a crypt in the town cemetery for twenty-four hours before burial. In the middle of the night, the judge came to, realized where he was, and rushed over to alert the guard, who promptly ran off, terrified.

Fortunately, he returned with a friend, and they released the newly revived judge. His first thought was to phone his wife and reassure her. He got no farther than, "Darling--it's me," when she screamed and fainted. Next he went to the houses of several friends, who were sure he was a ghost. In a last desperate measure, he called a friend in a distant city, who had not heard of his death, and who interceded for him with his family and friends.

Will we allow Jesus to intercede for us?


God of all, bring Jesus Christ into my heart today and all the days to follow. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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