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Luke 10

Read Luke 10 – More than twelve.  Jesus sends out 70 (some texts read 72) other disciples to go into the towns and share the good news.

The twelve apostles were very special, but that did not exclude all the other followers of Christ from kingdom work!  People who go to church fall into one of two categories, family member or spectator.  These 70 were family members.  Jesus knew their hearts and knew they could be trusted to harvest the field.  He sent them out in pairs…. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says:  “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.  For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow, but woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!”  Beloved, don’t be a spectator.  There is great work to be done within the family of God, His church, be a useful worker, be one Jesus would choose to harvest His field. 

Verses :25-:27 remind us once again of the most important commandments:  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.  And love your neighbor as yourself.” And the man Jesus is speaking to asks, “Who is my neighbor?”  Good question, right?  And Jesus’s response is wonderful because it crosses all social barriers and lifts up the individual.  The Samaritan man went to great personal lengths to care for the Jewish man.  See what Jesus saw and be the one who shows mercy. 

Finally, Mary sits at Jesus’s feet, taking in his every word, while Martha fusses over the details of dinner.  Beloved, don’t get fussy over details, sit at Jesus’s feet today.🏳🙌🏳📖🏳👆🏳

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Luke 1:46-80

Read Luke 1:46-80 – God looks at the heart.   He fully knew Mary, Elizabeth and Zechariah inside and out. Their faith was true.  Their integrity and strength of character were trustworthy for the task God appointed them.  Look at what Mary says in verse :48, “He took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed.”  Beloved, there’s only one mother of Jesus, but there’s also only one YOU. By recognizing who God is and how special you are to him, you are making yourself ready to be used for purposes of eternal value. Set your heart on our wonderful Savior.  And consider Zechariah’s Prophecy in verse :76, “And you, my little son, will be called the prophet of the Most High, because you will prepare the way for the Lord.”  His faith that baby John would grow into a great prophet, just as Gabriel pronounced, was resolute.  Beloved, chose to believe God and speak His promises over your life and family. 🗨😃🙏💖🙏😃💬

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Luke 1:26-45

Read Luke 1:26-45 – The cousins are in the house!  I love my cousins; our ties are strong even though we don’t see each other in the day to day.  Mary and Elizabeth have a strong bond too.  Just as Gabriel said, Elizabeth, Zechariah’s wife, is pregnant.  His next angelic visit is to Mary, a descendant of King David and betrothed to Joseph (I just like that word, BETROTHED, you might prefer, ENGAGED).  She gets news that no other woman has ever – nor will ever get – she will conceive baby Jesus, by God’s own design.  And her response is just perfect, “I am the Lord’s servant.  May everything you have said about me come true.”(:38)  Then she visits cousin Elizabeth and Zechariah.  Baby John lept in the womb at the sound of Mary’s voice, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit (this was a unique experience then, believers now receive the Holy Spirit as soon as they ask Jesus for Salvation).  Elizabeth calls Mary blessed and the mother of her Lord (:43).  Beloved, sit with these short and amazing verses.  Why wasn’t Mary terrified to be an unwed mother – the penalty of which was stoning?  How does your faith compare?  Are you open to the divine possibilities Jesus may bring your way?  Pray that your faith is strengthened, that you declare as Mary did, “I am the Lord’s servant.” 🤰💖🤰🙌🙋‍♀️💖🙋‍♂️

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John 20

Read John 20 – Early on Sunday morning… Of all the inconceivable hallelujahs, this takes the cake!  Mary Magdalene found the stone had been rolled away fromJesus’s tomb, and RAN to tell Peter and John.  They go to check things out.  It is all still a mystery, but when John saw the wrappings and the neatly folded head covering, he believed.

  Beloved, that is faith.  Jesus told them he would rise from the dead, but to see the tomb empty and trust that is what it meant is faith. 

Meanwhile, Mary is crying.  She sees two angels, one at the head and the other at the foot of where Jesus had been lying.(20:12)*  Then Jesus appears and asks her why she was crying, but she doesn’t recognize him and thinks he is the gardener.  Perhaps she is so grieved, and this is utterly beyond her comprehension, or perhaps he looks different, yet when he speaks her name, she KNOWS! 

That night, Jesus suddenly appeared to the disciples, except Thomas who came in later.  They tried to tell him, but he needed to see for himself.  Eight days later, Jesus joins them again(despite the locked doors), and invites Thomas to touch his wounds.  Beloved, notice Jesus does not shame Thomas for this, and trust he will also meet you right where your heart is and equip you to believe too. 

Our chapter closes with a promise :30.  May your day be filled with thoughts of it and may you make this a Hallelujah day!🙌

*John 20:12 – a bonus round!  “She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying.” (:12)  My bible study teacher just drew something spectacular out of this verse and I have to share it! 

First, notice that Mary was not overwhelmed by the presence of these angels.  Most biblical angelic encounters are met with fear, but Mary’s heart was only set on Jesus. 

Next, see the parallels between this and the cherubim placed at each end of the mercy seat, Exodus 25.  Now the cherubim covered the mercy seat which was on top of the Arc of the Covenant.  The Arc of the Covenant held the tablets of Law which Moses was given on Mount Sinai (the law we all fall short of), a jar of manna divinely preserved (God’s provision for Israel’s complaint), and the staff of Aaron (God’s sign against rebellion). These items all represent our human inability to honor the Lord who is holy, and His provisions (Hebrews 9:4). Jesus is our perfect atonement, and the actual angels stood over him like the cherubim stood over the Arc of the Covenant.  Wow, right? 😇