Saturday, December 10



Romans 10:14-15 (NLT)
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” 


Reflection

God sent Jesus into the world to be God with us.  Jesus’ desire (because it was God’s will for His life) was that He make disciples, increasing God’s Kingdom here on earth.  Just as God sent Jesus, Jesus sends us.  In fact in John 17:18 (Jesus’ prayer for His disciples, which includes us – yes, Jesus prayed for each of us), Jesus said, “Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.”  For what reason does Jesus send us?

The passage for today from Romans tells us.  We are called to bring the “good news” so that ultimately others will believe and be saved and join God’s Kingdom.

Remember, Jesus is God with us.  You are sent to show God’s grace and love to others.  Where is God sending you today?


Friday, December 9



Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT)
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.




Reflection

One of the things Jesus taught those that followed Him was to let their light shine.  Jesus wanted to have an impact on the lives of those that followed Him.  He wanted to have more and more people follow Him as He worked to create God’s Kingdom on earth with Jesus as the King.  Don’t put your light “under a basket.”  Put your light (your good deeds) for all to see. 

This passage implies that we should have compassion on others as Jesus has compassion on us.  As we minister to others, people will praise God.  What we do should bring glory to God, not to ourselves.

Think about how you have felt God with you, felt His compassion in the good times and the bad.  How can you show that same compassion to others and help them to feel God with them through your words and actions?


Thursday, December 8



Reflection

Reread yesterday’s Scripture passage from Mark.  Look at what Mark says Jesus response is to the “sheep” – Jesus “began teaching them many things.”  What do you think Jesus was teaching them?  And how does that reflect Jesus’ compassion for them?

Wednesday, December 7



Mark 6:34 (NLT)
Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.



Reflection

In this passage from Mark, Jesus and His disciples are trying to go away to a solitary place.  There had been so many people crowding around Jesus and His disciples that they didn’t even have a chance to eat.  So they wanted to go to a quiet place and rest.  So they took a boat to get there.

But when they arrived, people from surrounding towns got there ahead of time.  As they landed and Jesus saw the crowds, “He had compassion on them…”  They looked like sheep, helpless, totally dependent on the shepherd to take care of them.  And what did Jesus do?  He took care of them and taught them many things.

Jesus is looking at you now and knows your exact situation – good or bad.  And He has compassion on you.  Record your feelings here, knowing that Jesus has compassion on you.


Tuesday, December 6



John 11:33-35
When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled.  “Where have you put him?” he asked them.  They told him, “Lord, come and see.”  Then Jesus wept.



Reflection

It is easy to think about the God of the universe being detached, maybe even stoic with all of the stuff that happens that affects us greatly each day.

Look what happens in this passage.  Jesus is friends with Mary and Martha and their brother Lazarus who has recently died.  When Jesus arrives at the town where His friends live and Jesus sees what is happening surrounding the death of Lazarus, look at His response.  He sees people weeping and wailing.  Jesus response is this:  He is deeply angered; He is deeply troubled; and He wept.  Don’t miss that.  We don’t need to know why He is angered, troubled or is weeping.  The point is that Jesus had the same emotions that we have.

When you are sad, weeping or wailing today, know that Jesus, God in the flesh has been right there in His life.  Does that help you cope knowing that God who is with us has experienced the same trials as we do?


Monday, December 5



Matthew 1:23 (NLT)
“Look! The virgin will conceive a child!  She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”


Reflection

The words from Matthew today are words the angel said to Joseph after he had found out that his wife-to-be, Mary was pregnant and he wasn’t the father.  The angel tells Joseph “not to be afraid.”  The baby to be born is from God, conceived in Mary by the Holy Spirit.  This is to fulfill what the prophet said – “the virgin will conceive a child … and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”

After that short talk with the angel, Joseph did what the Lord had commanded.  The angel had accomplished his task – he reassured Joseph to the point that Joseph was ready to do what the Lord had asked.

If you are facing a tough time or a hard decision and you know that God is with you, how would that change your actions or reactions?


December 4-10

JESUS IS GOD WITH US



Matthew 1:23, John 11:33-35, Mark 6:34, Matthew 5:14-16, Romans 10:14-15
God created everything, absolutely everything.  Everything that ever has or ever will exist was created by God.  Everything that we can see and everything that we can’t see was created by God.

This same God in the form of Jesus, came to earth as Immanuel which means God With Us.  This week, we are going to look at what that means to have God With Us.  How did Jesus (Immanuel – God With Us) act and what did He do and say?  And how did that make those that knew Jesus 2000 years ago feel?  And how does that make us feel now knowing that God is with us?

And then as important, what should our response be knowing that God sent Jesus into the world to be God with us?  We are sent in the world to reflect God with our community and the world.

As you read this week, be mindful that Jesus was God – the God who created everything – and he is God with YOU!