Devotionals by Max Lucado

The Only One and Only 
by Max Lucado

Two of our three daughters were born in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We lived in the North Zone, separated from our doctor’s office and hospital by a tunnel-pierced mountain range. During Denalyn’s many months of pregnancy, we made the drive often.

We didn’t complain. Signs of life do a samba on every street corner. Copacabana and her bathers. Ipanema and her coffee bars. Gavea and her glamour. We never begrudged the South Zone forays. But they sure did bewilder me. I kept getting lost. I’m directionally challenged anyway, prone to take a wrong turn between the bedroom and the bathroom. Complicate my disorientation with randomly mapped three-hundred-year-old streets, and I don’t stand a chance.

I had one salvation. Jesus. Literally, Jesus. The Christ the Redeemer statue. The figure stands guard over the city, one hundred twenty-five feet tall with an arm span of nearly a hundred feet. More than a thousand tons of reinforced steel. The head alone measures ten feet from chin to scalp. Perched a mile and a half above sea level on Corcovado Mountain, the elevated Jesus is always visible. Especially to those who are looking for it. Since I was often lost, I was often looking. As a sailor seeks land, I searched for the statue, peering between the phone lines and rooftops for the familiar face. Find him and find my bearings.

John 3:16 offers you an identical promise. The verse elevates Christ to thin-air loftiness, crowning him with the most regal of titles: “One and Only Son.”

Do what I did in Rio. Seek him out. Lift up your eyes, and set your sights on Jesus. No passing glances or occasional glimpses. Enroll in his school. Make him your polestar, your point of reference. Search the crowded streets and shadow-casting roofs until you spot his face, and then set your sights on him.

You’ll find more than a hospital.

You’ll find the Only One and Only.

From 3:16, The Numbers of Hope 
Copyright (W Publishing Group, 2007) Max Lucado

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About UpWords with Max Lucado

The written prose of Max Lucado has made his books some of the most widely read in America. He brings his same "one-on-one" conversational style to these nugget-sized features titled "UpWords®," airing on Christian radio stations around the country and represented by Ambassador. a pastor at Oak Hills Church, Max Lucado has impacted many lives through Christian devotionals, regular radio programs and his timeless writing.

About Max Lucado

"Show a man his failures with Jesus and the result will be found in the roadside gutter. Give a man religion reminding him of his filth and the result will be arrogance in a three-piece suit. But get the two in the same heart-get sin to meet Savior and Savior to meet sin-and the result just might be another Pharisee turned preacher who sets the world on fire."

The written prose of Max Lucado has made his books some of the most widely read in America. Max brings this same "one-on-one" conversational style to his 1:00 daily UpWords® radio feature.

Max is a graduate of Abilene Christian University (TX) with both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree. From 1983 to 1987, he was a church-planting missionary serving in Rio de Janeiro, responsible for evangelism, leadership training and preaching.

He has sold more than 65 million books to date. Some of his works are Max On Life; 3:16; No Wonder They Call Him the Savior; Six Hours One Friday; In the Eye of the Storm; He Still Moves Stones; He Chose the Nails; Travelling Light; and Grace for the Moment.

Evidence of his touching hearts, both young and old, Max has also authored several popular books for children including Tell Me the Secrets; The Crippled Lamb (co-authored with his three daughters); Just in Case You Ever Wonder; and Alabaster's Song.

Max Lucado's, "He Chose The Nails Easter Tour" has become an annual nationwide event with over 600 churches participating by live satellite, along with radio and television outlets reaching into more than 800 million homes. The tour brings together artists like Wes King, Twila Paris and many others in the nationwide evangelistic outreach.

A self-described "husband/dad/preacher/author," Max makes his home in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife Denalyn and their three daughters, Jenna, Andrea, and Sara. He serves as Minister of Writing and Preaching of the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio.

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