Gospels in 40 Days – March 30
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 19-20
MOST OF IT: Luke 17:1-22
HIGHLIGHT REEL: Luke 20:20-26
What does repent mean, and why is it so important?
Repent | Becky Newman
Luke 19:10 – For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
Jesus was being criticized for going to eat at the house of an obvious sinner, a tax collector named Zacchaeus. My guess is that he was also not a Jew the way the people reacted and since Jesus claimed him as now a son of Abraham (Luke 19:9). The crowd who reacted this way had hearts of self-righteousness, judgment, and entitlement, while Zacchaeus demonstrated a repentant heart in his response to Jesus calling him in verse 19:8. A repentant heart is step 1 of salvation. We can’t be saved if we don’t know we’re lost. That’s why John the Baptist had to come first before Jesus, “to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17), “preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Luke 3:3).
Zacchaeus is a man I can relate to — short and an over-achiever. I still remember first learning about this story in elementary school, even the picture of this fat short man in a tree just trying to catch a glimpse of Jesus’ smile. I loved that part of the story, but I also loved that he did something right to get recognized and called out by name to have Jesus over for dinner. Back then, I thought that right thing he did was jumping up and down, waving his arms, climbing a tree, and saying, “Pick me, pick me!” But today I realize it’s because his heart was ready to repent. I need to keep my heart in check with repentance to avoid the sin tendency to become a hypocritical Christian with a self-righteous and judgmental heart. This over-achieving short perfectionist is not perfect and needs a Savior.
Lord, help me to keep my heart in check and repentant. Give me eyes to seek the lost and actions and words to point them to You.
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