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Nudgings #25 - Cling to Jesus

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“Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” (John 20:17, NLT)

When I think of clinging, my mind goes to Bangalore, India. It was my privilege to work at an international school in South Korea for eight years, and a part of the school’s educational program included service to others. During Spring Break each year the school would send students out on service trips throughout Asia, and for four of those years it was my pleasure to lead a team of high school students to an orphanage in Bangalore.

What a joy it was for me and my family to spend time with the precious children there in that place. It was a week filled with talking, playing, teaching, singing, laughing, loving and making new friends. From those times and experiences I carry a myriad of rich memories, but the one that stands out the most is the way the little ones would cling to me when I was holding them. There were scores of little children in that place and they all wanted to be picked up, held and carried around—and they didn’t want to be put down. They held on tightly as I held them in my arms. They loved the time and attention—and I loved them.

When Mary saw Jesus alive near the empty tomb, she grabbed ahold of him and held on tightly. She was clinging to him and He said to her, “Don’t cling to me for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father.” But now, Jesus has ascended to heaven and He has sent His Spirit to live in and among us. Jesus is available to you, me and the entire world, and he wants us to cling to Him:

Cling tightly to the Lord your God. (Joshua 23:8, NLT)

Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. (1 Timothy 1:19, NLT)

[O God] my soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. (Psalm 63:8, ESV)

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 18:3, NLT)

Jesus is alive and he is as close as the mention of his name. He has you in His arms and He won’t put you down. He loves you.

It’s OK—cling to Jesus.

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