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April 11, 2019, 7:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Do You See What is about to be Fulfilled? 4


Do You See What is about to be Fulfilled?

 

Luke 18:31-34

And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.” But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.

 

Thought for Today

This is at least the third time Jesus has explained His mission in horrifying detail to His disciples and they still do not understand. It wasn’t that they were slightly confused by it, “they understood none of these things.” They could not grasp the least bit of what Jesus had said. This shows us two important things. The first is the power of the narrative we choose to believe. They believed that Jesus had come to be king of Israel and reestablish its prominence in the world. Jesus’ words do not fit this narrative, so rather than adjusting their ideas about what they think should happen they simply reject it. We do this all the time with the bombardment of information we receive. We decide what we believe about an issue or a person and we simply reject any information that does not fit the narrative we have chosen to believe. This should give us pause. The second is that they had not been given the Holy Spirit to help them understand. The transformation that occurs in the disciples at Pentecost lets us know just how important the Holy Spirit is for our faith and understanding. Without the Holy Spirit what Jesus is about to endure would make no sense to us either. This should give us joy and gratitude.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit to grant me faith and understanding. Help me to work with Him as He reaches out through me to my family and friends who have yet to grasp the great gift of grace. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Those in whom the Spirit comes to live are God's new Temple. They are, individually and corporately, places where heaven and earth meet. ― N.T. Wright

 

Quote of the Day

All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. — Ellen Glasgow



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04-11-2019 at 8:54 AM
Erica Ciro
Thank you Father for sending Your Holy Spirit Who opens the eyes of our hearts so that we can understand the enormity of Your love for us in Jesus’ death and resurrection. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
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April 10, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Do You See What is about to be Fulfilled? 3


Do You See What is about to be Fulfilled?

 

Luke 18:31

And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished.”

 

Thought for Today

From the very beginning God has been telling us about His plan to redeem mankind. Shortly after our rebellion in Genesis 3 He told us that He would send a Campion. In Genesis 22 God commands Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac, and through that encounter shows us that the sacrifice would take place on Mount Moriah, where Jerusalem would one day be built. He also tells us that His plan is to sacrifice His Son so that ours would never have to fear death. In Exodus 12 God demonstrates that through the sacrifice of a perfect Lamb the angel of death will pass over God’s people. In Leviticus 16 He tells us that His perfect Lamb will be the scape goat who takes away the sins of the people. Through the prophet Isaiah we discover exactly what it will look like when His Son goes silently like a lamb to the slaughter and how by oppression and judgment He will be taken away from us. All of these promises, and many more, were spoken in the Old Testament to tell us what must be fulfilled. Jesus now tells His disciples that these are the things that are going to take place at long last. In the week to come not a single one will be omitted. Jesus’ sacrifice will take place exactly as God said it must for our sakes. Glory be to Jesus!

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, it is incredible to know that you knew exactly what was ahead and You chose to go for my sake anyway. Give me fresh eyes to see Your holy Passion. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire. — Ignatius of Antioch

 

Quote of the Day

The most effective way to do it, is to do it. — Amelia Earhart

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April 9, 2019, 7:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Do You See What is about to be Fulfilled? 2


Jesus Our Champion

 

Genesis 3:15
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.

 

Thought for Today

God’s response to Adam and Eve’s sin continually surprises me. Having just been betrayed by the people He loves, God promises to personally tackle the problem on their behalf. He could have simply cursed us, or wiped us out and started over. Instead, He pledges to send a Champion through the woman’s offspring who will crush the serpent and set everything right. This promise was fulfilled at the cross of Jesus. This is the way God loves us still. In the face of our struggle with sin each day God turns to His Champion, Jesus Christ, to see that it is set right. As you begin your Lenten journey, fix your eyes on your Champion. See how He lives and loves, because He is doing it for you.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for promising to send a Champion to fight for me when You saw my rebellious heart. Help me to learn from Him each day. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The reality of loving God is loving him like he's a Superhero who actually saved you from stuff rather than a Santa Claus who merely gave you some stuff. ― Criss Jami

 

Quote of the Day

Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today. ― Tim Fargo

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