Psalm 37 - Day 424 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Psalm 37:1-10
Observation: David, inspired by the Holy Spirit, composes another song to sing to the Lord.
Application: The words (and songs) we repeat to ourselves are important. We need to remind ourselves that God is good and that He loves us and is in control so everything will work out for His best.
Prayer: Your love, oh Lord, reaches from the heavens. Your faithfulness is like the ocean's tides...
Luke 24 - Day 423 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Luke 24:30-34
Observation: After the resurrection, Jesus joins two disciples walking to Emmaus. They invite him to stay with them and during dinner, they recognize him as Lord and run back to Jerusalem in the dark to tell the others.
Application: Naturally, when we encounter Jesus, we are compelled to tell others about him.
Prayer: Lord, reveal yourself to me.
Luke 23 - Day 422 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Luke 23:44-45
Commentary: Luke noted four things that occurred at the time Jesus died. First, two symbolic events took place while Jesus was on the cross. Darkness came over the whole land for three hours, from the sixth hour (noon) until the ninth hour (3:00 p.m.). Jesus had already told those who arrested Him that “this is your hour—when darkness reigns” (22:53). Darkness was reigning because of His crucifixion. The other symbolic event was the tearing in two of the curtain of the temple, which separated the holy of holies from the rest of the temple. The curtain divided people from the place where God had localized His presence. The tearing from top to bottom (Matt. 27:51) symbolized the fact that now, because of Jesus’ death, people had freer access to God as they no longer had to go through the sacrificial system (cf. Rom. 5:2; Eph. 2:18; 3:12). Jesus was the only Sacrifice needed to enable people to have a proper relationship with God.
Second, Luke noted that Jesus’ death occurred because He willed it. Breathing His last (Luke 23:46), He voluntarily gave up His life (John 10:15, 17–18).
Third, even a Roman centurion noted that Jesus was a righteous Man, that is, not guilty (Luke 23:47). He too praised God, as did many others in Luke’s Gospel.
Fourth, the people who witnessed His death mourned (vv. 48–49).
Martin, J. A. (1985). Luke. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, pp. 262–263). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
Application: The temple veil that separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the temple is said to have been 30 feet high, 30 feet wide, by 4 inches thick. When Jesus died, the veil was torn in two from top to bottom giving everyone access to God directly. Enter the throne room of heaven and sit at your Father's feet.
Prayer: Abba Father, You are Holy...
Luke 22 - Day 421 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Luke 22:24-30
Observation: During the last supper, a dispute arose among the disciples about who is the greatest. Jesus clears any confusion and explains that it's the one who serves.
Application: Jesus was the greatest leader to have ever lived. He lived what he preached by obeying his Heavenly Father and sacrificing himself for the sins of the world (which includes mine and yours). As we represent Jesus here on earth, let's follow his example.
Prayer: Lord, fill me with Your Holy Spirit.
Luke 21 - Day 420 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Luke 21:5-36
Observation: Jesus prophesied about what would happen to the Temple and beyond.
Application: We are living in the "last days." This warning spoken 2000 years ago is still relevant for us today - be ready, prepare yourself for the coming tribulation.
Prayer: Lord, help us to remain faithful before the Son of Man.
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