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Get up and pray!

Scripture reading for April 2nd:  Luke 22

The first followers of Jesus as His disciples were called by their master to watch and pray during an all-night prayer vigil following the last Passover meal.  They had come to the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives.  “On reaching the place, He said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”  He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”  (Luke 22:40-42)

Jesus knew that the temptation to run and deny Him would attack His followers.  He knew that they needed the Father’s help, as He did, to stand against the temptation.  He simply called them to watch and pray.  He went further by Himself and prayed earnestly.  The Scripture says that His sweat became like “drops of blood falling to the ground.”  (Luke 22:44)  He desired to be released from the cup of suffering that had been given to Him, mirrored by the cup He had given His disciples a few hours earlier.  It was a cup representing His blood, shed for the forgiveness of sins.  Angels came and strengthened Jesus as He prayed!

“When He rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, He found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow.  “Why are you sleeping?” He asked them.  “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”  (Luke 22:45-46)  Jesus, Himself, had pressed through in prayer, but the disciples had fallen asleep.  We are really helpless to save ourselves by our own efforts.  Jesus’ prayed for them that their faith would not fail as He now intercedes for us.  We  also must watch and pray as He taught us:  “Lead us not into temptation, ”  (Luke 11:4)

 

 

 

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From mourning to dancing!

Scripture reading for March 26th: Luke 7:11-35

God’s heart is for widows and orphans!  Jesus came to show the heart of His Father to us and He used miracles to emphasize the Father’s love.  In today’s reading, Jesus ministers to a widow who has lost her only son.  As Jesus was visiting Nain, He came upon a funeral procession with many people mourning.  This loss would be especially hard on this widow because her son represented someone who would carry on the family name and could provide for her as she got older.

“When He (Jesus) saw her, His heart went out to her and He said, “Don’t cry.”  Then He went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still.  He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!”  The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.”  They were all filled with awe and praised God.” (Luke 7:13-16a)  Jesus was moved with compassion for this widow and mother.  He understood all the pain and future consequences of this untimely death.  His first instruction to her was to stop crying.  His second command was to the dead son encouraging him to get up.  Can you imagine how shocked the pall-bearers were when the dead body they were carrying sat up and began to talk!

The response to this miracle brought praise to God and great awe of God’s power and questions about Jesus Christ.  Was He a great prophet, sent by God to help His people?   Was He the Messiah promised by the Holy Scriptures?   Even John the Baptist’s disciples were sent by John to question who Jesus really was.  Jesus used the miracles and even the raising of this widow’s son as a testimony of who He was!

This miracle turned the mourning of the widowed mother and the crowd of mourners into joy and dancing!  This miracle is a picture of the resurrection of all who believe.  There is a time coming when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and arise to eternal life!  (John 5:24-29)  There will be great joy in heaven, with no more crying, mourning or death!  (Revelation 21:3-5)  We will be united with our loved ones who have believed and life eternally with our Lord in Glory!  Have you responded to His call to eternal life?

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“Don’t be afraid, just believe!”

Scripture reading for February 21st: Mark 5:21-43, Psalms 38:1-22, Proverbs 10:8-9

Jairus was a ruler in the synagogue who came to Jesus for help.  His little daughter was sick and dying and he pleaded with Jesus to come and put His hands on her so that she might be healed.  Jesus agreed to go with him.  (Mark 5:22-23)

A large crowd of people were pressing around them as they moved towards Jairus’ home.  A woman from the crowd had been following Jesus.  This woman had been sick for years with an issue of blood that no doctors had been able to cure.  She had decided that if she could just touch Jesus’ clothes, she would be healed.  As she got close enough, she pressed in and touched his garment.  Jesus immediately felt power go out of Him and asked who had touched Him.  The woman realized that she was healed and confessed that it was she.  Jesus told her that her faith had made her whole and free from suffering!  This is also good news for us in that we can reach out to touch the Lord ourselves and find healing as well!  He is no respecter of persons!

As the woman was healed, servants came and told Jairus that his daughter had died.  It would not be necessary to bother Jesus any more.  “Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” (Mark 5:36)  Jesus knew that faith would bring a victory.  He took steps to insure that only people of faith would accompany Him.  He took His trusted disciples, Peter, James and John, and sent the others away.  As they drew near to the house, people were wailing and mourning.  He sought to quiet them by telling them that she was only asleep.  They laughed at Him so He put them all out!  (Mark 5:37-40)  While the child’s mother and father and His disciples looked on, Jesus took the little girl’s hand and spoke with authority commanding her to get up.  Immediately, she responded to His command and all were amazed!

The lesson for us is to focus on believing Jesus and fight our fears.  It is easy to let the natural view to cloud what God wants to do.  Jesus took those with faith in to learn that we can speak with authority and even the dead can be raised if we believe!

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Do You Want to Get Well?

Scripture reading for November 1st: John 3-5

Healing of sickness and disability is an interesting subject.  Some Christian people believe that miracles stopped with the days of the Apostles and Jesus.  Others fervently believe that miracles are for today.  Some people who are afflicted or disabled, have prayed for years and still not been healed.  In Jesus’ time, it was no different.

Jesus visited Jerusalem and walked by a pool called Bethesda where many sick and disabled people gathered daily.  Tradition said that when an angel troubled or stirred the waters, the first person into the water would be healed.  At that pool Jesus saw a man that was paralyzed, and upon inquiring, found out that he had been that way for 38 years.  Jesus asked him, “Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6b)  The man did not directly answer Jesus’ question, but told Him that he had no one to help him get in when the water was stirred.  At that, Jesus said to him, “Get up!  Pick up your mat and walk!” The man was instantly healed and able to walk and carry his mat!  (John 5:8-9)

As we look at this miracle, we note that Jesus was concerned with the crippled man’s desire to get well.  Some people seem to enjoy being sick and like the sympathy or excuse that they have for avoiding life.  It takes faith to want to get well after 38 years of the paralyzed life!  Jesus was trying to get him to express his faith and believe.  It worked!

The religious Jews, however, were concerned that this man was carrying his mat on the Sabbath, for the healing took place on that day.  They tried to get the man to tell them who healed him and authorized him to break their law!  He could not tell them who it was.  Later, Jesus found him at the temple and spoke one more time, “See, you are well again.  Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” (John 5:14)  Jesus was not only concerned about this man’s healing, but also about his soul.  Paralysis may cripple a body, but sin will destroy a man’s soul!  The wages of sin is eternal death and damnation!  (Romans 6:23)  We must want to be healed from sin as well as disabilities!  Do you want to be made whole?

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