These devotionals were all prepared and scheduled to go out on the designated day. We are in the US and there fore I am not working on any additional ones through January 5. I will pray and seek the Lord as to whether He wants me to continue in 2020. I have enjoyed preparing them. They have been food to my soul. They have been a spiritual discipline for me and I hope some inspiration for those who have read them. I have been doing this for at least eight years now and I do not know if I will continue. We will see. The spiritual well within me, is almost dry and needs replenishing.
John 1:1-5 (NLT2)
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
This is the Real Christmas- The Word became flesh!
There is the Resurrection of Christ but the outstanding event that always touches me is The Walk to Emmaus. Jesus walks with these two men. He engages them in their discussion of the events of the week. He even comes to eat dinner with them. They do not recognize him. That is why I ask, would you recognize Jesus if He came to your house? But here is the verse that touches me each time I read it." Didn't our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?"( 24:32)
Does your heart burn for Christ Jesus. when you read or hear His word does your heart burn? Why or why not?
Have we grown so cold that even His Word has no effect upon us today?
Here in chapter 23 we find Jesus trial before Pilate. Then the crucifixion, which is describe by Dr. Luke. Jesus said," Father, forgive them , for they don't know what they are doing."( 23:34). Then he saves one on the other cross," I assure you today you will be with me in paradise."(23:43)
Then His last words on the cross," Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands."(23:46)
Then we see when the Roman officer overseeing the execution saw what happen, he worshiped God and said," Surely this man was righteous." This pagan was converted there at the foot of the cross. Everyone must come to the cross one day.
In this chapter we find these things happening:
Jesus institutes the Lord Supper
Jesus predicts Peter's denial
Jesus prays on the Mount of Olives
Jesus is betrayed and arrested
Peter betrays Jesus and Jesus is brought before the council in an illegal, mock trial. All of this took place in one night. Here is how Jesus responded to these men," But from now on the Son of Man will be seated in the place of power at God's right hand."( Luke 22:68)
Guess what? he is seated there right now, interceding for his children. Hallelujah!
Daily devotional written by Pastor Lynn Sasser.