Gospels in 40 Days – March 24
Welcome to our study of the gospels during the Lenten season. Lent is the Christian tradition of preparing for the resurrection of Jesus by taking intentional steps to grow closer to God during the 40 days before Easter. The tradition mirrors Jesus going into the wilderness to fast and pray for 40 days, where he was tempted by Satan but was able to resist, strengthen, and grow his ministry for the days ahead (Matthew 4). Typical Lenten observances include fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial, and spiritual discipline.
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Luke was a physician who traveled with Paul spreading the Good News. God gave him a passion for fact-finding, and Luke’s gospel was written as a historical work in chronological order that encouraged Christians in following Jesus and reads like an epic story. In Luke 1:3, he addresses the gospel to “most excellent Theophilus”, a word meaning “lover of God”.
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ALL OF IT: Luke 7-9
MOST OF IT: Luke 5:1-11
HIGHLIGHT REEL: none
What nets are you casting? Are you doubting you’ll catch anything, or are you expecting a boatload of fish?
Gone Fishing | Dyea Rowland
Luke 5:4 – When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
The search was on; Jesus was on a search for disciples. When he found them, they in turn would become the searchers of men. These three men fisherman – Peter, John and James, but little did they know what was about to happen to them, and it would all be supernatural. As the crowd gathered to listen to Jesus speak, these three were busy cleaning and putting away their fishing gear. They had just come in from a long night of fishing (night fishing is best); well, it may have been until Jesus stepped onto the scene. After Jesus spoke to the crowd, he told the three to go out to the deep waters…tired and doubting, they agreed. Jesus told them to drop the nets, and they were overly surprised with the cast they got.
I do this; I put stipulations on You when I’m told to cast out my net. I make the excuse I’m tired or it’s not the right time, and I’ve even said that “it’s not that person’s time” – as if I have the say. From this reading, You’re telling me that the best time for fishing is anytime! I feel overwhelmed with all the fish that I am casting a net out for; of course I want to catch them all, but I know my limits. But You are behind the supernatural; I have to leave the rest up to You.
Father, there are so many people that have not heard Your Word; there are so many people that need Your safety net and to be brought up from the deep. Help me do my part in throwing out my nets – not in my time but Yours. I will leave the rest up to You, because I know You’ll help them get into the boat. I’m tired and sometimes doubtful in this dark world, but I know You are a big God, with big promises. Please give me rest, strength, confidence and all of Your truth. In Jesus’ name…Amen.
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