January 10 – Chronological Gospels
“Come, follow me.” — Jesus (Matthew 4:19)
We are starting the new year off right by following Jesus through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, wrapping up on Easter on April 1st. We’ll be hopping around the four gospels for a chronological perspective of Jesus’ life on earth. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”
5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”
8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”
9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you
Mom Moment | Marianne Toovey
Jesus had been preaching and healing nonstop for days and days, but now it’s time to rest. They come to Simon’s (Peter’s) house, and as luck would have it, his mother-in-law is down for the count. After being asked to heal her, too, Jesus “rebukes the fever”, and right away she gets up to make them a meal!
This verse just cracks me up! What a perfect example of motherhood right here! I’m sure there are some details that were probably left out. Like, how sick she actually was, whether or not she got up to hug her son-in-law, maybe meet his new “friends” and carry on a conversation with them before bustling off to the kitchen to whip something up for them real quick. Or maybe she had already gotten dinner started when she fell ill, and either left it to wait or had someone else take over for her while she rested. So then maybe she would have rushed off to get back to work as soon as she felt well enough. Or it could even be as simple that she was preoccupied with the custom of the time that when people are in your home, you feed them (a custom my dear friend Martha is also all too familiar with). But even without these details to explain the story, we can see a woman devoted to her work and her family. She saw a need and met it as soon as she could. And with the new year always bringing in a new strain of viruses (viri?), we know all too well the struggle to meet those needs despite feeling like we’re on our deathbeds. Jesus, rebuke this fever so I can get back to work!
God, I thank You for the humor in unexpected places. And I thank You for the role You’ve given me to meet the needs of those I love. I pray I don’t take it for granted. I also pray a blanket of protection over my family during this cold and flu season, and that You rebuke the fevers of those already suffering. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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