THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
FROM THAT TIME ON
"From that time on" points to a significant shift
in direction. It was so then, but something happened, and
from that time on it is now this. It speaks of a turning
For Jesus, it marked the beginning of his Galilean ministry,
after he had fasted forty days and forty nights and after
he was tempted by the devil. "From that time on, Jesus
began to preach …." (Mt 4:17).
Then it was after Peter had professed that he was the Messiah,
the Son of the living God. Now that his disciples realized
who he was, he could reveal what was going to happen to
him. "From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples
that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the
elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed
and on the third day be raised." (Mt 16:21).
Now, as Jesus approached the appointed time, he would be
betrayed by Judas Iscariot. The chief priests paid Judas
thirty pieces of silver, "and from that time on he
looked for an opportunity to hand him over." (Mt 26:16).
The turning point can be about momentous good, such as the
start of a massive evangelistic ministry, or such as the
revelation of one's destiny according to God's plan. But
it can also be about great evil, such as betraying the Lord
and one's own calling as one sent forth.
How about us? It is Lent once again. It is time to reflect
ever more deeply on God's call to us, on turning away from
the wrong we do, on surrendering our lives totally to Jesus,
on allowing the Holy Spirit to work in power in our lives.
May we make decisions only for the good, for what is right
and just and true. May we come before the Lord and resolve,
"from this time on …."