Luke 5 Part 2–Meeting People Where They Are Hurting

As I grow older, I am more amazed with the patience of Jesus as He dealt with the religious leaders.  They were in effect, His team.  They represented the chosen people of God. Yet, as they stood and watched God do amazing things–all they could muster, was the ability to criticize and second guess God’s work.  Jesus did not let that slow him down though.  He was on earth to show people God from a human perspective. 

He healed the sick, cleansed the lepers and taught the masses that God was personal and loved them.  He wanted their worship to be awe and wonder, not fear and loathing.  So, He met folks right where they were.  He touched the leper not only to clean his flesh, but also to rid the man of the stigma of being untouchable.  Jesus forgave the paralytic–not to show off, but to address what was rendering the man paralyzed–not physically, but in his heart.

God continues to reach out to us right where we are.  Our needs are often a symptom of a deeper wound or issue.  He wants to go deep and cleanse us from the inside out.  Often, our prayers do not encompass what is really killing us.  We need to seek God and ask Him to show us what is enslaving us.  Then we can receive the Lord’s grace that allows Him to truly heal us.  I hope each of you have an amazing Thanksgiving and truly embrace all that you have to be grateful for.

God Bless You


12 In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.”

13 Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. 14 Then Jesus instructed him not to tell anyone what had happened. He said, “Go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy.[c] This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.”

15 But despite Jesus’ instructions, the report of his power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear him preach and to be healed of their diseases. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.

Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man

17 One day while Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers of religious law were sitting nearby. (It seemed that these men showed up from every village in all Galilee and Judea, as well as from Jerusalem.) And the Lord’s healing power was strongly with Jesus.

18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to take him inside to Jesus, 19 but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 20 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.”

21 But the Pharisees and teachers of religious law said to themselves, “Who does he think he is? That’s blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”

22 Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? 23 Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? 24 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man[d] has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”

25 And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, “We have seen amazing things today!”

John 5 Part 1–The First Apostles

How does one build a ministry?  Jesus started by simply speaking the truth in love.  Crowds were amazed.  Jesus gave a perspective on God that no other rabbi had.  A God that loves His people personally. A God that considered each soul as important as another.  A God that truly loved them and was not seeking wrath for error or omission.  That was the message from Jesus.  As Jesus approached His first apostles, He was being pressed on all sides. He stepped into the boat of Simon (Peter).  Peter had no idea that this short fishing trip would change his life and the world.  Jesus knew, though. 

Simon, James, and John–all business partners would meet Moses and Elijah, they would see the miracles, the sacrifice, the resurrection, and the building of the Church.

John would become the beloved disciple and the author of a gospel, a few letters, and the biblical account of Christ’s return. Peter would start the gentile outreach, walk on water, heal the lame, and lead the churches initial growth.  Jesus’ choices for his team were not done haphazardly, nor were any of the choices a mistake. 

God is very purposeful.  He does nothing by chance and is not surprised by seeming departures from a plan.  In our lives, we face interruptions, unforeseen changes, and emergent circumstances that we simply cannot handle.  Fortunately, our Lord can handle each of them.  He does so with grace and style. It is our call simply to trust the Lord and follow Him–just like Andrew, Simon, James, and John.  If we will, He will also make us “Fishers of Men!”

God Bless You


One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee,[a] great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon,[b] its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”

“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.

When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.” For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. 10 His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed.

Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” 11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.

Luke 4 Part 3–The Heart of The Ministry

When one considers the magnitude of Jesus’ task, and then considers the intent and intensity of the enemy,  it is amazing that He always had time to heal and to listen.  Jesus had just been thrown out of His hometown. But he knew His mission eclipsed the rejection.  So, Jesus began traveling town to town.  When He arrived , He would heal the sick, cast out demons and preach God’s truth with authority.  He never had toapologize.  He knew these people–they were His creation.  

What is more, they lived in fear of God–not reverence, but fear.  Their leaders were making neat but impossible checklists for them to be “Good Enough” for God.  Jesus came to speak the truth–God was simply not about checklists.  The Father loved HIs people.  God missed them and the fellowship with them.  He wanted to have individual and personal relationships with them.  Now, in the days ahead, Jesus would teach as many as would listen the truth about this God they claimed to follow. His disciples would watch and learn that all they thought they knew about a sovereign and distant God was simply wrong.  Their God would sacrifice like none other to restore what the enemy had taken.

So, Jesus preached, healed, and showed the world what the Father truly wanted for us.  Never easy, never without opposition.  That never bothered the Lord–that is what he signed up for.  He was focused on loving, healing, and restoring God’s place in men’s hearts!  We get to enjoy that personal relationship and eternal commitment all these generations later. 

Our Lord loves us with the same intensity he had as he sent Christ to earth.  He wants us to know His personal commitment to us.  We simply ask Him to come into our lives and then trust the Almighty Father to complete that for which He sacrificed so much.  It was never intended to be complex.  It was always intended to be easily found and offered with Love for anyone who would trust Him.

God Bless You


And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, 32 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 “Ha![b] What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 36 And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” 37 And reports about him went out into every place in the surrounding region.

Jesus Heals Many

38 And he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they appealed to him on her behalf. 39 And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them.

40 Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. 41 And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.

Jesus Preaches in Synagogues

42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, 43 but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” 44 And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.[c]

Luke 4 Part 2–Jesus Begins His Ministry

Jesus had just won a head on battle with Satan.  He was finally ready to begin His ministry.  So, He returned to His hometown, and there He read the scripture in Isaiah that announced the Messiah’s coming. Jesus told His people the truth they had been hoping for their entire lives–the Messiah has come, and I am Him.  One would expect the next part of the story to be about celebration and mass revival.  Instead, Jesus knew that He would be rejected by His own and despite that, He told them the hard truth.  In response, they were going to kill Him.  Not the way one would choose to start a ministry.

It is difficult to be treated objectively by those that know you best.  Their perspective is clouded with history, jealousy, personal angst, and comparison.  They cannot see truth even when it is staring at them.  In Christ, we are new creations.  He accepts us warts and all.  His love for us transcends all the history and baggage we have in our lives.  In effect, Jesus knew how it felt to be rejected.  He would never reject His chosen. We can stand confidently in the truth of His desire to be in relationship with us, just as we are.  That is better treatment than He received from His own people!

Thanks Lord, for your unconditional love.

God Bless You


And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
    and recovering of sight to the blind,
    to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” 23 And he said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘“Physician, heal yourself.” What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.’” 24 And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, 26 and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And there were many lepers[a] in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” 28 When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29 And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. 30 But passing through their midst, he went away.

Luke 4 Part 1–The Temptation of Jesus

Jesus was about to embark upon a ministry that would reframe the relationship between God and men from a national relationship to a personal one. As one would expect, prior to its execution, the enemy would do all within his power to neutralize and destroy Jesus; so, the ministry would never take off.  Jesus faced off with the enemy and battled through some very personal temptations. Interestingly, Satan tempted Jesus of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. You’re hungry–feed yourself, You’re God–Jump and show everyone how amazing You are.  Look at the world, bow to me and it is all yours.

The temptation of Jesus is the same as the temptation of each of us. Sin focuses upon the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.  As we face such temptation, like Jesus, we can look to God’s word for wisdom to choose to follow Him and not fall to such temptation.  It is a moment-by-moment decision that is easily abandoned but never easily followed. Make no mistake–Jesus did not choose easily, He was starving and alone. Then, as the Son of God, He was man’s last hope for redemption. The enemy unleashed his best and most tireless attack.  Jesus stood firm, and He invites us to do the same.

Still, if we do fall to temptation, He paid the price so we could still have a relationship with the Heavenly Father. Romans reminds us that while we were sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8  Jesus said it best, “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” Matt 6:33.

God Bless You


 And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness 

for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. 

The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 

And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’”

 And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, 

and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. 

If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” 

And Jesus answered him, “It is written,

“‘You shall worship the Lord your God,
    and him only shall you serve.’”

And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 

10 for it is written,

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,

    to guard you,’

11 and

“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”

12 And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 

13 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.

Luke 3 Part 2 –Jesus Lineage

I never grow tired of looking at the lineage of Jesus.  In Matthew and in Luke, we are reminded that since the beginning , God had a plan. Looking at Jesus Lineage in both books reminds me that God uses many folks from man levels of society to accomplish His plan.  Jesus comes from the lineage of Enoch, Judah, Ruth, Rahab, David, Solomon, Joseph, and Mary.  Some of the finest and sketchy folks–murders, liars, harlots, beggars, Kings, and people that escaped death.  Jesus is from a lineage of Kings that rose from shepherds.

God simply does not care about our pedigree, He only cares about our hearts, humility, and willingness to submit and follow Him.  Make no mistake, as one of His chosen, we can rest assured that we will be given awelcomeof love and warmth when we go to be with Him.  He provides all we need while we are here and eternity with Him as His child.  As we enjoy our adopted relationship, we must remember it was launched off the sacrifice of a child born in as manger but of the lineage of royalty–Just like us!

God Bless You


Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli, 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, 26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, 27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel,[e] the son of Neri, 28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 29 the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, 31 the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Sala, the son of Nahshon, 33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, 36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, 38 the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

Luke 3 Part 1–John Starts the Ball Rolling

So How does one start a ministry that changes the world? In Jesus case, He was baptized by John the Baptist.  John started his ministry by telling people of how to repent and follow God. No one was preaching repentance from sin.  So, people followed Him As his crowds grew, so did the controversy Herod’s behavior with his family.  John baptized Jesus and in that, Jesus completed the preparation of his ministry.  In this passage, we see an actual demonstration of the trinity.  As Jesus was baptized The Holy Spirit descended like a dove and from Heaven the father said, “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.” 

Sadly, after Jesus was baptized, Herod arrested John and put him in prison.  John had condemned Herod’s relationship with his brother’s wife.  in addition, other Gospels say that as Jesus ministry began to grow, John’s ministry diminished.  It was important to note that John never expected his ministry to last. He came to announce Jesus ‘s ministry and then he would be done.  John was, in his own right, was a a charismatic and popular preacher.  He was an important part to Jesus ministry.  John was the final prophet to announce Jesus coming. Now that Jesus had arrived the new covenant would begin, and people would see the love of God in the face of a man.  Jesus would change the world.

In our day, we still cling to the hope of glory.  We still are excited to know that Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost.  John’s announcement to the people then was the same promise to us today.  God came to save us from our sin. As Jesus exited the water that day, he would start the journey to make that promise real.  Luke wanted to make sure the credit for Jesus start included Joh’s ministry.  That prophecy was kept in spades.

God Bless You


In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,[a]
    make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,
    and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall become straight,
    and the rough places shall become level ways,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

10 And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” 11 And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics[b] is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” 12 Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” 13 And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” 14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation and be content with your wages.”

15 As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, 16 John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

18 So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. 19 But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, 20 added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison.

21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son;[c] with you I am well pleased.”[d]

Luke 3 Part 1–Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord

As with any great event, Jesus ministry started with John the Baptist preparing the way.  John, Jesus’ cousin, was sent by the Lord to start the transformation to welcoming the Messiah.  John was a wonder.  He traveled through and told people to repent and get ready for the coming Messiah.  He preached a life of selflessness.  He told those that could exploit to be content and do what was right.  He told soldiers to be content with their pay. He told tax collectors to be content with a reasonable tax.

Mostly, John was charged with the duty of preparing people for the coming of Jesus.  The people had been waiting for hundreds of years, so a little prep would be useful.  So God called John to be that person to make the announcement.  He had forewarned the people in Isaiah that John would come on the scene to set the stage.  Now the time had come.  John had a special role and, in his time,, he became quite well known and many followed Him.  But John knew his time was limited, so He simply made the most of it.  He would tell anyone that was willing to listen of the Lord’s coming and the need to prepare their hearts.

We need to live our lives prepared as well.  Jesus will return.  In the meantime, we need to live as one content with all that God has provided.  We need to live as new creations.  Our daily lives should be filled with faith, hope and love.  If we will walk in that way, we will model the life John called those in his day to lead.  We will live a life honoring to God and modeling the life of Jesus!

God Bless You


In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene— during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.
Every valley shall be filled in,
    every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
    the rough ways smooth.
And all people will see God’s salvation.’”[a]

John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

10 “What should we do then?” the crowd asked.

11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”

12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?”

13 “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them.

14 Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?”

He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”

15 The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. 16 John answered them all, “I baptize you with[b] water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with[c] the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” 18 And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them.

Luke 2 Final–Another Big Day at the Temple

Amazingly, Jesus knew from early on that his mission was greater than most.  In this last story written in Luke 2–the Jesus recap, Luke tells the story of Jesus, still as a boy attending a festival in Jerusalem.  After the festival, as all were headed back, Mary realizes Jesus was not there.  Panic ensues and the search was on.  After a time, they found Jesus meeting with the Rabbi’s and having quite the conversation with them.  Mary was not pleased.  She called Jesus on his wandering off, but, Jesus was not upset, he said, I just figured you would know I was at my Father’s House and being about my Father’s business! 

The verses that followed are awesome.  Jesus went home and obeyed…and Mary hid these things in her heart as treasures.  Jesus never intended disrespect and was a model son–but His was a mission to change the world.  His mom knew that, God picked her to help in His preparation, after all! So, while worried, she was pleased to see her son becoming the Man He had to be.  She knew what was ahead and she knew Jesus had to be ready.  God chose well.

In our day, God is still choosing well.  We are each called and prepared for a mission. We are His people and live lives to honor Him.  We need to seek Him with all our hearts and realize that each trial and event in our lives makes us a little more ready to face what lies ahead.  We have to trust Him, as Mary did.  We must follow humbly and graciously and allow the Lord to execute His plan for our lives. We too must be about our Father’s business.

God Bless you


Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”[f] 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

Luke 2 Part 3–Jesus 1st Day at the Temple

Luke takes Jesus from the manger to the temple.  In Luke’s Gospel, we learn of God’s confirmation of Jesus at His purification.  Jesus is first greeted By Simeon a devout worshipper of God.  God told Simeon He would not die until he met the Messiah.  Simeon was very old–so, when the Lord revealed Jesus to Him, Simeon was overjoyed. God kept His word and revealed the Savior to this man of faith.  Simeon blessed the Lord and blessed the Lord’s Mom! What a sight to behold.

Next, they met Anna the prophetess.  She had been a widow for many years and worshipped God in the temple every day.  The spirit revealed to her the identity of Jesus and Anna began to tell anyone who would listen that the Messiah had come.  What a great sense of conformation that had to have been for Joseph and Mary. This young couple were raising God’s Son–by faith and with little support.  But truth be told, they would learn that God was always there and would prepare, provide, and protect them and their Son the Savior.

As amazing as it was for Joseph and Mary, we receive the same personal attention from our Heavenly Father.  He knows us and our journey.  He is with us and prepares, protects, and provides for us just as He did for Jesus.  We too are His children, and He loves us and cherishes the relationship we have with Him.  We are not the Messiah, but we are part of His family.  We need to cling to the wonder of each of our own journeys and trust Him to lead us through them with peace and power!

God Bless You


And rwhen the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem sto present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in tthe Law of the Lord, u“Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in tthe Law of the Lord, v“a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was wrighteous and xdevout, ywaiting for zthe consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not asee death before he had seen bthe Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when cthe parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and dblessed God and said,

 29  “Lord, now you are letting your servant5 depart ein peace,

faccording to your word;

 30  for gmy eyes have seen your hsalvation

 31  ithat you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,

 32  ja light for revelation to the Gentiles,

and kfor glory to lyour people Israel.”

33 And mhis father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed nfor the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign othat is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

36 And there was pa prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.6 She did not depart from the temple, qworshiping with rfasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were swaiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.