January 18 – 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 Lord of the Sabbath
At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. 2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”
3 He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. 5 Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 6 I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
God’s Chosen Servant
15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. 16 He warned them not to tell others about him. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
Family | Becky Newman
Jesus is teaching a crowd, and his family comes to see him. Jesus uses this as a teachable moment on priorities. Loving God above all is still #1, and to love God is to keep His commands and do His will. Loving others is #2, even loving my family and my husband. Jesus put the priority of loving God above the priority of loving his mom and brothers.
My husband and I have chosen to live at a distance from our extended family. This has helped my spiritual journey in growing closer to You, making it harder to run to them and easier to run to and depend on You. It’s also helped me do Your will because some of my extended family believes that I’m not adhering to the right religious rules and that I’m being blasphemous by reading and interpreting Your Word for me each day, similar things that were ascribed to Jesus by the Pharisees and his own brothers. Having distance between us makes it easier for me to have perspective and choose Your path. This verse gives me comfort and encouragement. You have given me an extended family here, a family of believers set on doing the will of God. Carry on loving God above all first and loving other second!
Thank You, Father, for Your encouragement and comfort and the beautiful family of believers You have placed us within. Help me to give mercy over sacrifice in dealing with all of my family, and above all, I pray that I would show You love by doing Your will.
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