The Resurrection. I often look around and question the Egoism of my Faith. Ever question to yourself…how do we know Christianity was the right “religion” to follow? I mean, c’mon…there’s tons of other ways. Why is it that we can securely believe in Jesus as “I am the WAY, the Truth and the Life”. Why not John Smith (Mormons) , or Muhammad, Buddha, Allah ? How is it that we think we got it right and they ALL have it wrong? EASY…the Resurrection. Not only did Jesus completely fulfill EVERY Messianic Prophecy in the entire Old Testament but He rose from the dead. Jesus did what NO OTHER FALSE PROPHET CAN DO.
I got into a friendly debate with a person the other day (shocking I know) on the “parts of the Bible” that were real. They are ALL real. However, if the Resurrection is something you are uncertain about you MUST know in your heart that Jesus Died and three days rose again. The entire foundation of Church is based upon that very historical occurrence.
The road to Emmaus has always been a powerful read for me. I blogged about it years ago and what God was revealing to me was his Fellowship with us. The fact that he communicates with us in our relationship. For me is it mostly through the Bible I hear Him clearest. However, the Word and the message never changes, we do, and in this season of my life, ver 30 and 31 were the ones that God had me mature into. When they gave Thanks. When they were in remembrance of Him, their eyes were opened.
Try to pay attention to God when reading the Bible. He opens our minds, opens our hearts, He hardens our hearts, blinds us from Truth, and uses us where He needs us.. Not all of it we understand but our ways are not His ways, but the difference is He is Sovereign and Holy, we are not.
In John: we read the awesome story of doubting Thomas. (I could talk about that forever!) And He appears to Seven disciples. Remember John is an Eyewitness so His account and will always have more detail than the rest of the actual personal conversations of the Jesus.
The conversation with Peter. How much do you want me to write about?? Lordy!! Should we talk about being fishers? Fishers of Men? The fact that this was the ”rock” (Peter) the church was founded on? “take care of my sheep”, The 3 times Jesus asked Peter to recount the 3 denials, the different meanings of the words “Love” (Jesus was asking DO you truly love me, DO you Really Love me, Are you even my friend”, or finally should we break down “Follow Me”.
May I encourage you to go back and Underline one verse. Out of all that there is one that deserves a little more ink today John 20:31
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
This is the purpose of the written Gospel.
Luke and John. Luke will write in detail because it is the nature of Luke to do so, being a physician and all. John on the other hand, was THERE (at the Cross) and will write according to his eye-witness account so it will be graphic . But what you can gather from both was there were Stages of Jesus’s trial.
- Preliminary hearing by Annas. why?? Annas was the Prior High Priest. High priests were supposed to hold the position for life but Annas was replaced in 15 A.D. instead. The Roman’s appointed Annas’s son-in-law into that position named Caiaphas. remember him? When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead he said “uhhhhh I think it is time for Jesus to go! he is getting way to politically powerful”. Annas, according to the Jews, was still considered the “official” high priest because of law AND the Jewish council also probably considered him in the “Good Ole Boy” club…know what I mean. BUT Annas was smart enough to pass it on to Caiaphas…..
- Caiaphas. Still this pre-trial was done at night (illegal). This was yesterday’s reading in Matthew 25:57 when Caiaphas charges him with blasphemy without the proper witnesses and sends him to the Roman Governor Pilot to carry out the death sentence.
- Pilate (Luke 23). They changed the crime in front of Pilate and declared that Jesus called himself a King, King of the Jews. This would be treason and against Caesar. However, Pilot found him not guilty and sent him to Herod. Who is Herod again??
- Herod. Still have your Herod Family Tree handout? This Herod is Antipas, the same one that killed John the Baptist. Herod was in Jerusalem for the Passover. He was in charge of Galilee and Perea (Genile areas). So Pilot sent him to Herod since Jesus was from Galilee. The Herod brother who should have been in place to rule Judea was removed years ago from position (Pilot governed instead) so Pilot sent Jesus to Antipas. Herod may have been a drunk fool but he was not idiot…he sent Jesus away too.
- Back to Pilate. Pilate tried but eventually hands him over to be crucified when teh PEOPLE said….(what Courtney??) “CRUCIFY HIM!! (Courtney and I spent a while on this yesterday)
I guess for me it was the layering of the NT on top of the OT. I loved figuring out things like the Jews could not enter Pilate’s house because he was a Gentile and they would have been ceremonially unclean. Or the RUSH to get Jesus off the cross because the sun was setting and you cannot work past sundown….small things like that AWE me!
Finally, how awesome was it to see our seeking friend Nicodemus be so bold now in his Faith. WOW. He went from sneaking in the night to caring for his public body.
One of the cool reveals this year was Luke 23:43 “Today you will be with me in Paradise”. The Greek word is Paradeisos. This word is used several times in the original scriptures. First, referring to the Garden of Eden! (11 times in the OT) Then here in Luke and in 2 Corinthians 12 but finally in Revelation! Revelation 2:7
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
That is where this sinner went…on his profession of faith of Jesus being Lord!!! Can I get an AMEN!
I know we looked at Isaiah 53 yesterday but note that when Jesus calls out in “Father into your hands I intrust my Spirit and breathed his LAST breath he was speaking a fulfillment of Isiah 53:12!
I just cannot handle all this!
Luke, definitely written towards the Greeks having Jesus as the perfect model for a man. Shows His perfect character, humanity’s highest ideals, and the perfect lamb. (By the way in this book, Peter is referred to as Simon.)
I stopped hard on Luke 22:20. THIS is the NEW COVENANT. After reading for 10 months about Covenant to the Jewish nation we FINALLY read about the NEW COVENANT! THIS is the new Covenant poured out for you.
Then I skip to verse 37 “It is written….is reaching its fulfillment.”. For those who have read with me for 10.5 months we are at the complete and total fulfillment it the Covenant.
TO be completely honest with you I feel like I am almost reading this for the first time. I have this picture that angry bad men are the ones that capture Jesus. (well they are) but look closely, it is the falsely religious that take him in. His own chosen, the high priest servant, the scribes, the chief priests and the temple guards. and he says “this is the hour-when darkness reigns”
Then Luke 22 ends with the final words that Jesus chooses to PUT HIMSELF on the Cross. The words used to Moses, “You are right in saying I AM”. A phrase that would be used against him for the death penalty, of blasphemy. (Levitical Law)
When we read John, my heart beats so fast. The way Jesus is described is just incredible. It starts with the overall message of what Jesus is…”he now showed them the full extent of his love”. People ask me all the time “Why did Jesus had to die such a BRUTAL death, and there are lots of reasons but one of them is TO SHOW HOW MUCH HE LOVES US. If you are a parent you understand this. You would take that beating for your children. THAT is how much he loves us.
Finally, one of the most touching moments Jesus has (for me) in all the Gospel… Upon the arguing disciples of “who is the greatest among themselves. (Ummmm I could talk about this all day) Jesus shows them real humility: Jesus washes the feet of the disciples, even Judas Iscariot. If you are ever trying to figure out WHAT the Lord wants from you…don’t think too hard.
I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
This is personal to me today as I sit with woman at a Conference and hear them say (or whine) “I want to be the hands and feet of Jesus I just don’t know where or what I should do…..I say with Love but good grief!! Stop Kingdom building and try washing some feet (hello mirror I am talking to you).
Maybe when we read some of this earlier this week, you were just absorbing it for the first time. We read it for knowledge but God Reveals it and gives Wisdom. The reading will end with the beginning of Passion Week.
Just before He descends down into Jerusalem for his final week, He still is speaking to the Disciples in private. Remember, he left Jerusalem when Caiaphas ordered Jesus dead and spent the past month privately teaching the 12 Disciples in Ephraim (Samaria, the Pharisees had no authority over him there John 11:54) He reminds them at Zacchaeus house of His Purpose
For the Son of Man came to Seek and Save what was lost. Luke 19:10
Jesus tells the parable of the 10 Servants. I can bet that many of you have read this before. Before today I read this as a “trust” issue. To trust the Lord with our (HIS) money. No, that is not it at all! This is about the PURPOSE of our money. This story is about WHAT Jesus’ Followers are to do with money from the time Jesus (the man of Noble Birth in the parable) comes the first time and the time He comes Again (can I get an Amen!). We are to use the resources He gives us to invest into the Kingdom! By the way, some of you were not with us in the Old Testament when we defined the term “wicked”. Wicked is a person without Faith, Blind, and because of that often bad (in the eyes of the Lord). Anyone of us, friends or family can be classified as “wicked”
Finally, but far from Least! Palm Sunday. Something new here. Jesus looked down and saw ALL the people praising God at the sight of Jesus on the donkey. And Jesus Wept over it. (not tears of joy). The people were still expecting a Political Ruler to come in and change the “earthly” goings on! They thought Jesus was coming in to create a nation again out of Jerusalem, away from the Roman Empire. Always remember the audience the Gospel Writer so that the differences make sense.
I know the timeline seems weird but we now go back a little in time(not much) the Luke reading rerinds back to Jesus leaving Capernaum and is heading to Jerusalem. Always keep the time in Luke as to where we are chronologically, it is the only Gospel written Chronologically. (This is why when we can bring ONE translated book to an unreached people group on a Mission trip they usually choose Luke to translate)
When you read this really put all your knowledge together (by the way that is not Wisdom, only God gives that) so that you can get deep on these readings now. Jesus heals the 10 men. I think most people only see the part that only 1 man thanks Him. It’s more than that. Jesus was here to fulfill the Law and the Prophcy..right? “Go show yourselves to the priests”: Law. Only a priest can declare someone clean. He was a Samaritan. People, we know this is important. Samaritans are mixed marriage, still practicing pagan worship: Prophecy: ALL nations will be blessed through Abraham.
Jesus teaches about the Coming of the Kingdom. Ummm. WOW. Just like the flood or just like the Sodom and Gomorrah day, it will happen SUDDENLY and WITHOUT warning. If the end day is today, and you think for one minute you will get some time to make amends, or speak to loved ones, you are MISTAKEN! If you know ANYONE not destined for Heaven talk to them today. In Ezekiel, the Lord says how one reacts to our words is not our worry, our worry is not proclaiming the Words. That we will be judged for.
Let me put it this way…if someone you knew was in a burning house sleeping. Seriously, and you were outside safe, would you just get in your car and leave or would you be yelling…screaming…telling the firefighters that they were inside…about to burn? Well? If you know someone is not a Christian they are in a burning house about to burn alive, it is just a matter of time.
Does Prayer matter? I get asked this a lot. Did you read chapter 18? The point of the story is NOT that we “wear out” Jesus with praying, but that if even a judge is willing to grant a persistent request, how much more would the Father if He wants to grant our requests. Pray without ceasing! Pray Pray Pray. It matters. But what is prayer about? exalting God and humbling oneself!
I feel this sense or urgency, and repeat, and importance in the voice of Jesus. Repeating the foundations. Discounting the Pharisees teachings. He may be talking to the Disciples BUT know that the Pharisees are right there to hear the message. Actually, if you look back, gradually the crowd was getting larger and larger. Disciples, tax collectors “sinners”, Pharisees. Much of these messages were aimed to object to the false teachings that were taught now by the Jewish council. For example, wealth was a reward from God according to the Pharisees , likewise a disability is caused from a sin. Anyway, since the Sermon on the Mount was directed at few, we now see Jesus retouching on each point to the masses.
One of the story’s today hit me a few years ago when I was realizing the reality of many of my friends and family’s final destination. I am not judging anyone’s salvation, I am looking for the fruit of their salvation and upon that I sometimes make a hypothesis on possibility. Anyway, at the bottom is a blog I wrote a long long time ago about Hell. Anyway, if you feel like reading it…feel free, of not see you tomorrow.
Anyway, this is what I wrote that day…
There are few things people don’t discuss anymore. Everyone talks about everthing on Facebook these days. Even stuff we shouldn’t talk about, we do. But one topic we just don’t talk about is Hell. Well, Hell, who would want to?? But the fact of the matter is, it is real, it is big and many people are there, and many more are going to go. I think we need to talk about it.
“You can enter God’s Kingdom ONLY through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.( Mt 7:13,14 NLT)
As a Christian I have struggled with the questions “If God is so loving, why would He send someone to Hell”. I got it last night. It hit me in the head like a brick. God does not send ANYONE to Hell. A person chooses to go there by not believing in Jesus. Heaven or Hell is not where God chooses to send us…we choose to go there.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)
We read 3:16 all the time but I read 3:17 with fresh eyes. God sent his son not to condemn us but to save us.
We can get to Hell on our own. But we need Jesus to get to Heaven. Hell is being seperated from God for all eternity. That is what Hell is. So I ask you, if you don’t need Him here on this planet…then what’s the big deal? right? Seriously, if you don’t need Jesus in your life…then I guess your choice to not know him now is something you can take for eternity.
Jesus said “As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day. For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.” (John 12:47-50)
We have all heard His Word. He makes sure of that one way or another. It may have been through the Bible, a friend, TV, a pastor, a Billboard…it makes his Word known. Listen to me, if you believe in a Heaven, you must believe in a Hell. We believe in Heaven because it is in the Bible…where else do you think we got it from?? A friend said to me once harshly (and I believe it was God using her to say it to me)..The Bible is the Word of God. You either believe all of it or none of it. You cannot pick and choose which topics you hold to and discount the others. It is His voice talking to us; and I for no minute will doubt His word.
I am not going to go into detail about what the Bible says about Hell, you can research that yourself. But know this, there is a story about a rich man and Lazarus in the Bible. The man is in Hell. It is so bad that he begs Abraham to warn his brothers still on earth about it, so that they will repent and accept Jesus as their savior. God tells him that He has already told everyone the simple offer in his Word, the Bible. It is up to that person to choose now, He will not force Himself upon us.
Do not fall into 3 dangerous areas.
1. Tradition….I have been taught to do that, believe that, that is the way we have just always done it. Tradition of faith is not accepting Jesus as your Savior.
2. Intellect….Don’t think about it that hard, “For it is written: ”I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.” (1 Cor 1:19-21)
3. Experiences…Doing “religion” feels good. Serving in His name, going to church, taking communion, makes me feel good. Remember there is Religion, and there is relationship…and if you don’t know the difference…then you might be on a wide road.
Rely on scripture ONLY. I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. (John 3:11-15)
If we do not Believe in the Bible and what it says about Hell, then how can we believe of heavenly things??? Do not skip over the hard parts of the Bible. If He wrote it He wants you to know. Kay Arthur says “there are 66 Books in the Bible…How many do you think He wants you to know……66!!!!!
For some of us today, very familiar reads. For others, first time ever. My challenge to you is to read both chapters as if you NEVER read them before. Not even heard them at church. Completely Fresh. Completely from God. Don’t skim. I am not blogging today (did I just hear someone say Amen!!) but I surely want to know which one THIS TIME reading it was the read for YOU.
- Jesus heals the man with Dropsy (Swollen Limbs) For some of us we are in awe over how much Scripture was given to what is lawful on the Sabbath. What are you doing on your Sabbath?
- Jesus teaches about seeking humanity. When you do something for someone else, examine your thoughts and motives, and whether you tell other people about your good deeds.
- Jesus tells the parable of the Great Feast. I think on the day of Judgment many of us will be surprised.
- Jesus teaches about the cost of being a disciple “If anyone does not hate their father and mother…..” Our lives are filth and sinful. We need to submit to Christ and love Him and what He did more than anything else. Otherwise we may not truly understand what He did for us. Who do you Love?
- Jesus tells the parable of the lost sheep. Ohhhhhh I love this one. God used this parable to bend me out of shape a few times when I said “I don’t like when my church does….” He said “It’s not about you!!! I am going for that lost sheep”
- Jesus tells the parable of the lost coin. Again, our reaction to ones Salvation? Do we rejoice when that coin is found?? (And are we even helping to look for it??)
- Jesus tells the parable of the lost son. An extremely familiar read that NEVER gets old to read. WOW. Everytime a read it there is something TOTALLY different that stands out to me! I wish I had kept a “Prodigal Son” journal through the years.
Would love to come home to COMMENTS today!!
Before I even began reading I looked up the definition for Hypocrisy (hypocrite).
- a personal who puts on a false appearance of virtue
- a pretender
- trying to appear good when one’s heart is far from God
- knowing the truth and not obeying it
- living a self-serving life
Some of you have been with me just since the NT and some since Genesis. When I read the OT I found it easy to write a blog because there was History or a foreshadow to speak about. I am finding the NT very very difficult to write about because these words are directly to us. Some of the scriptures are speaking to us as an audience and some is speaking regarding the non-believer but I still find it, well, so personal.
Let’s look at the beginning of Chapter 12 though. I found it very interesting that Jesus is talking about the teachings of the Pharisees and Sadducees and then immediately talks about ANGELS and the RESURRECTION. See, the Sadducees DO NOT BELEIVE in angels, resurrection or even demons. So this really make sense as to why Jesus is talking about it in contrast to the actual teachers of the Law.
Here is my encouragement for the day. As you read, if there is a part you don’t really understand find out. So far everything we have read about: being a follower, we saw Jesus paired US up. Why? because He knew we would need each other. I have already spoken to 2 people in my “texting” world regarding 12:10. I just needed some help with it.
Jesus speaks against Hypocrisy: Also the unpardonable sin!!
The parable of the Rich man: For those who like to find all 10 of the Ten commandments in the NT, this is one of them. This is number. 10. And by the way a very big OUCH was written in my margin.
Jesus warns us about Worry. Notice that Jesus is repeating much of the Sermon on the Mount today. The sermon on the mount was an attitude check, this seems to be a motive check.
Jesus prepares us about His coming back. I wrote a blog on this a long time ago…I might go back and try to find it but what would you do if you heard God say to the world ” you have 7 minutes”…what would you do with those 7 minutes? Would you look around at all the people in your life that would or WOULD NOT be coming to heaven with you? WHat would you say to them in a last minute attempt? Well… it could be today.
Jesus warns about Division. We didn’t need to read this to know this…you don’t even have to turn on the news to see it, most of us have religious division in our own house!
Future Crisis/Looking at the signs of the times. Like Jesus said, we will not know the day He comes back BUT we sure can look at the sign it is near. You CANNOT do this without knowing scripture. Cannot. If you want a good book on this (besides the bible) then read
Chapter 13: There was an issue with Pilate killing Galileans, but Jesus didn’t debate the death, did he…he debated their life. Their fruit. The Life.
Jesus heals a cripple woman and Jesus teaches about the Kingdom
Jesus teaches about entering the Kingdom. If you want my opinion (prob not) , this is the one to dig into today. listen to me, you could work in a church all your life, preach the Bible, Do His work, but what does Jesus say over and over. “I don’t know you”. When you hear a church say “do you have a personal relationship with Jesus, your Lord and Savior?” This is what they are talking about. Do you know him? Do you know his desire for you, his personality, his Voice? Like a sheep. Or let’s go back to the first part of today’s read…Hypocrisy. Knowing Truth and ignoring it? Hmmmm.
Luke 10: Did you think “oh we read this before?” He sent them out last week? Noooo we did not. This is not the 12 Disciples. Look at the first line “After this?” After what? After He sent out the 12 He now sends out 72! (But in the same manner as the 12) . What are we watching unfold here? Matthew 13:31. The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed…”. We went from 12 to 72….and it grows and grows and grows…..
Then another reminder that Satan was once in Heaven (verse 18). If you want to read more about this go to Isaiah 14:12. (right Coutney?)
It’s amazing isn’t it! The same mission the Disciples had, now the followers have. They went out in two’s (who is your spiritual encourager). Then there was a story that got my attention. The one of Pride. Ouch. That was the sin that made Satan fall from Heaven and often it is the one that gets us the most in the wrong place.
The Good Samaritan. We throw that phrase around WAY too loosely if you ask me. Opening the door for someone is not being a good Samaritan. Read it! You have 3 Characters:
- A Priest
- A Levite
- A Good Samaritan
What is the definition of mercy? (Not Christ’s Mercy on us, but when He says “I desire mercy, not sacrifice”
Mercy (Greek is Eleos) meaning kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them.
John 10:22. The Feast of Dedication. Hmmmm if you have been with me since Day 1 Genesis you might be like..huh? We deeply studied all the Feasts and that is one that I don’t remember studying. Well…that is because it occurred in the 400 years in between the Old Testament and the New Testament. If you have a Study Bible there usually is a section in between the 2 that describes the 4 periods that occurred. I totally encourage you to read it. But here is the really condensed version. After Alexander the Great died, 4 generals took his reign. Out of one of the 4 was Antiochus Epiphanes (a foreshadow of the Antichrist). He strongly persecuted the Jews and to make a long story short: a priestly family called the Maccabees attacked this huge army and actually won. A remembrance of this day and the rededication of the temple, occurs once a year and in custom of lighting their candles this night, the Day is called the Festival of Lights or the Feast of Dedications, or as you and I know it as Hanukkah. Pretty cool huh.
So since we are reading this in order we know that the Feast for Tabernacles was October and Hanukkah is December, so two months has passed now. Solomon’s Colonnade is inside them temple (like a walkway with a roof) in the courtyard. He was here before, right. Notice that the Jews pick up a stone to kill him every time he claims to be God.
If we were underlining Biblical Doctrine, this would be one of those days. Can you lose your salvation? No. John 10:29. “If” you are really His…He will protect your salvation for LIFE.
And we end with Jesus retreating back to safe ground for it is not time yet for him to give his life.
Let me start by saying, this is meat and potatoes. This is not easy to break down. I sat with a group of ladies a few weeks ago on this part of Matthew and it took 90 minutes just to discuss a few paragraphs, so my point is ASK QUESTIONS…I do. Jesus talks about how it is He who takes demons out and then rolls right into the:
The Unpardonable Sin. Matthew 12:30-32
“He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
Think on that. If you say there is no such thing as the Holy Spirit, that is an unforgiving sin. Why is that unpardonable?? Why is that the ONLY Sin God will not forgive? Because it takes Jesus off the Cross. Jesus was in all his humanity the Son of God, but the resurrection was for us to have the Holy Spirit. When we get to Pentecost I want you to be really fired up, right now we are reading the foreshadow of that to come. The bi-product of Salvation IS the Holy Spirit.
LUKE. Man I really wish we were a small group to talk about all this. PALEEZE take some time to dig into words or scriptures. Some were too familiar to me (not a goof thing) and others I was like “what in the world is Jesus talking about?? The Lords Prayer: Luke has a simpler model than Matthew but breaks the elements down! SOOOO many people say “I don’t know how to pray” or “I am not good at it”. I won’t get into all that Jesus just loves hearing from us, and having some one on one with us, but for those type A that need a standard, Jesus gave us a model to follow
- Father, Hallowed (Hallowed is an adjective,sanctified, concentrated, HOLY, set apart) It is a request…”Lord make your name Holy!”
- your kingdom come, His plan will happen from beginning to end, the Messiah is a huge part of that plan (and so are we).
- Give us our daily bread (to survive, our NEEDS) not desires
- Forgive us (WHY!!!) because we have forgiven those who have sinned AGAINST US. Ouch!
- Leads us not into temptation (not sin, the step BEFORE IT…think on that) Whatever your sin is, there is ALWAYS a step before it that is avoidable, pray that HE is WITH US to avoid that.
I am gonna skip some parts but comment if you got stuck on them. Being brought up Catholic I immediately noted that God puts in the Scriptures how He knew people would consider Mary “blessed” and exalted and Jesus addresses this in verse 27 and 28 when He says “Blessed rather are those who hear the Word and obey it”. Wow.
Jonah and Solomon. Two people from the Old Testament that we need to look at or re-read. Each time I read Jonah the Lord gives me a whole other layer to peel off! Last time I read it I realized it has nothing to do with a Fish, it had all to do with God and his character of forgiveness not just for the Jews but for the worst sinners of Assyria. (ugly place), and how we should want ALL people to join us in Heaven. Now through Luke I see it as a story of Salvation. Just as Jonah was taken for 3 days, so is Jesus, and Forgiveness came to all those who repented and acknowledged God as the only Lord! And Solomon, a man who was asked “I will give you ONE wish…” by the Lord and he responded with the word WISDOM. (would you?) and the most pagan people in their time (Queen of the South is Sheba) came to hear the Words of God (and yet most of us don’t make proper time to sit on a comfortable couch and hear it from a Bible).
Anyway, There was SOOOO much more to this read. Actually the parts that touched me were not any of the above…some even made me research because I was seriously scratching my head! Dig today…because some of this is the pivot in our getting closer to understanding what the Lord wants from us.