Gospels in 40 Days – March 25-26
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.
To join the study, pick a reading plan to follow, journal on the day’s reading using the SOAP method of Bible study (see “What’s SOAP?” on our website for details), and check in for daily posts from our study leaders. We hope you will join us this season, intentionally stepping toward God!
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”.
Clicking on the following links will take you to the Bible Gateway website where you can read the NIV version of today’s reading:
ALL OF IT: Luke 10-12
MOST OF IT: Luke 6:27-36
HIGHLIGHT REEL: none
In what ways do you take for granted the resources we have today as Christians?
Be Thankful for What We Have | Jess Howell
Luke 10:24 – “For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
In these beginning verses of Chapter 10, Jesus is sending out 32 teams of 2 men to go ahead of him and prepare for Jesus to visit. First and foremost, however, these men were instructed to pray for more workers to help them reach the multitudes. Secondly, they were instructed to accept hospitality of the people they would stay with without being picky! When the teams returned, they were elated to share the results of their efforts – that demons had fleed when Jesus’ name was mentioned. But Jesus was quick to remind them that while they had great success, their ultimate reward was in heaven. To his disciples, Jesus told them they were lucky to be witnesses to this time where they could see prophecy fulfilled.
I sit in awe of the prophets who wrote so much about future events without ever getting the satisfaction of seeing them come to pass. They had faith that a Messiah was coming, but they would never meet him. The disciples took for granted the time that they had with Jesus on earth. I take for granted having a Bible in my own language, a church where I can worship and proclaim my Savior as King freely, and 2,000 years of history to validate the strength of the Christian faith.
God, I don’t want to take for granted the wondrous ways You have built the church as we know it today. We mustn’t forget that the prayers of today may not come to pass in our lifetime. But I still have to stay strong in my faith that it is all working out to Your will and calling for my life. Help me to utilize the resources we have available that can draw me closer to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.