Today our journey through Luke comes to a close. Luke recounts many of Jesus’ parables. He tells us of the arrival in Jerusalem on the back of the colt. We spend some time with Jesus in His final days on earth before the crucifixion. We rejoice with His followers after the resurrection. Jesus ascends into heaven.
Luke continues to tell us of the amazing miracles Jesus performed. We learn how to live and how to treat those around us. How to humble ourselves and not love wealth. We are given parables including the prodigal son and the dinner.
The temptation of Jesus by the devil. Luke recounts Jesus ministry, miracles of healing, and the first disciples. Matthew is called to follow Jesus. The beatitudes. The parable of the two debtors and the sower.
Today in Mark the plot to capture Jesus unfolds. The last Passover and the Lord’s Supper are carried out. Jesus goes to Gethsemane to pray and await His capture. The account of Jesus’ capture, torture, crucifixion and death occur today. The wonder of the resurrection! Jesus gives the disciples the Great Commission.
Luke was compelled to investigate the stories of Jesus life and death in order to give us a complete and accurate retelling of events. We read about John the Baptist birth and life and the birth of Jesus through the start of His ministry.
Today we continue our journey through Mark. We examine the story of the Syrophoenician woman. Jesus feeds the four thousand. The transfiguration of Jesus is explored. Jesus teaches about divorce. Jesus enters Jerusalem on the colt as foretold in the Old Testament. Jesus tells of things to come in the future.
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Today we begin our journey with Mark. Mark starts with the preaching of John the Baptist. And continues to tell us of all the wonderful things Jesus has done.
Just three days ago we read of the miraculous birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We have walked along with Matthew recounting Jesus life. Today we read the sad story of Jesus’ betrayal and crucifixion. Then we enjoy the glory of His resurrection! At the end of the book of Matthew, Jesus gives us the great commission. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Today we continue to learn about Jesus through the words of Matthew. Jesus continues to teach us very valuable lessons. He uses parables and stories to make it easier for us to understand. “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” “Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” You should forgive seventy times seven. “Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” The donkey is a fulfillment of prophecy. “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.” “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
We read today of the wonderful teachings, miracles, and love of Jesus as recounted by the tax collector Matthew. This scripture is packed full of helpful ways to deal with different situations. There are many examples of people who are healed by faith. Jesus teaches through parables to try to help the people understand.