Published April 22, 2014

Shelia Shares....
"What We Needed"

After a busy work week, Paul and I often enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat buffet as a special treat for lunch on Saturday. For ten dollars each, we enjoy real mashed potatoes, meats like fried chicken, meatloaf and ham balls, a variety of vegetables, soups and desserts.

On a recent Saturday, I had eaten the main part of my meal. I had already perused the dessert bar and decided on a piece of their delicious coconut cake.

I noticed a man who had just gotten to the dessert bar before me and I heard him comment that he wanted a piece of cake. A lady, either his wife or someone on his tour bus, was also in the dessert area. She opened the refrigerated unit and tried to hand him a piece of pie. "Here. Have this pie."

"No. I want cake."

"Here. Have the pie. You can have both. It's all included."

"I don't want pie. I want a piece of cake."

As the lady reached back into the refrigerator unit, she tries to hand him another piece of cake. "Well, take this cake not that one."

"No. I want this piece of cake."

About that time, I realized that if I was ever to get my cake, this conversation would have to end. With a smile, I looked at the man and said, "I guess she knows what you want." He started to chuckle and the lady started to giggle. They both moved from the dessert area, the man with the piece of cake that he wanted. I got my cake – and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sometimes in life, people tell us what they think we want or what they think we need to do. The Scriptures record that sometimes people even told Jesus what He was to do.

Matthew 20:20-21: "Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him. And He said to her, ‘What do you wish?' She said to Him, ‘Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.'"

Luke 23:35-37: "And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, ‘He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.' The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine, and saying, ‘If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.'"

Luke 4:3: "And the devil said to Him, ‘If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.'"

But when it came to the cross, no one had to tell Jesus what He needed to do. He knew what was needed to save you and me. He knew the only way to salvation and peace with God was to die in our place. He had no one telling Him what to do — He already knew. He willingly picked up the cross and carried it for you and me.

Aren't you thankful for a God who knows us so well that even before we were born, He knew exactly what we needed? Aren't you thankful that He was willing to give everything for us?

What are you willing to do for Him?

- Shelia

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