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30 Days with Jesus… Day 5

Sigh… So hot. 😌

Day 5

Reading from Luke 1:39-45

A few days later (after she met angel Gabriel) Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town where Zechariah lived.

She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth. At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me?

When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.” Luke 1:39‭-‬45 NLT

Wow, that’s amazing! I love it how baby John leaped for joy when the mother of Jesus came to Elizabeth’s house.

Besides being mothers, these two women bore great responsibilities. One was to raise a child who would be born to prepare God’s people’s hearts and the other was to raise the Messiah. Each person has their own role or purpose.

We are all born for something.

Soli Deo Gloria

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30 Days with Jesus… Day 4

Day 4

Reading and reflecting about Mary, Jesus’ mum. From Luke 1:26-38 and Isaiah 7:14.

This is about Mary, the girl who trusted God and carried out the given task. What task is that you ask? It’s the task to carry and and give birth to the Messiah.

I think if I were Mary I’d be having pretty much mixed feelings; scared, excited, and surprised. As a Jewish girl, she must have heard about the Messiah through the reading from Isaiah 7:14 so many times.

All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).

This was one of the prophecies from prophet Isaiah, and then the prophecy was fulfilled with her! Mary was the chosen one who was meant to carry Jesus Christ, the Messiah. That’s a relief. For so long, the Jews were waiting for the One to come release them from bondage.

What captivates me the most in today’s reading is how the young Mary was so obedient. She believed and received the message without questioning how big or how hard the task would be. She must have loved God so much… A childlike faith is extraordinary.

Fin.

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30 Days with Jesus… Day 3

Day 3

Reading from Luke 1:8-20

One day Zechariah was serving God in the Temple, for his order was on duty that week. As was the custom of the priests, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense.

While the incense was being burned, a great crowd stood outside, praying. While Zechariah was in the sanctuary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the incense altar.

Zechariah was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw him. But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John.

You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or other alcoholic drinks.

He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. And he will turn many Israelites to the Lord their God. He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah.

He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.”

Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.”

Then the angel said, “I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God. It was he who sent me to bring you this good news! But now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you will be silent and unable to speak until the child is born. For my words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time.” Luke 1:8‭-‬20 NLT

From this passage, we learn that Zecharia doubted the angel. He found it very hard to believe because of his old age and it seemed that God had forgotten his prayers.

How shocking it must be to have an angel suddenly appear before him with the great news about his son; the one who was supposed to come before the Messiah.

Imagine being his wife, receiving the news from Zechariah. She must be pretty much puzzled to see how her husband became mute after attending a priest’s duty. She me like… What’s wrong with you, dear? Talk to me! And Zechariah would be like… Pointing, trying to tell her about what had happened.

Anyway, what I learn from this story is that God is there for us though sometimes we feel He is far away. But He is sovereign and he does not forget us…

À demain.

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30 Days with Jesus… Day 2

Day 2…

Today I spend time with Jesus.

Reading from the account of Luke 1:5-38 which talks about how angel Gabriel visited Zechariah (an old priest) and a young teenage Mary.

Gabriel was sent by God to these people to let them know that the Messiah (the rescuer or deliverer) was to be born.

Zechariah was an old priest got muted because he didn’t believe the message from Gabriel. The message that the elderly man Zechariah and his old and barren wife Elizabeth would bear a child named John.

Mary on the other hand was a teenager who got engaged with Joseph, one of the descends of king David. Fortunately, Mary believed the message and received it gladly.

John was later in life called John the Baptist; the one who baptised people with water. He also prepared the way (people ‘s heart) for Jesus’ teachings.

How cool is this story? John was actually Jesus’ cousin. So I believe John must be playing with Jesus. It must be fun to run around the neighbourhood and grow up together.

Who wouldn’t want to hang out with Son of God? The God who became flesh. I personally feel honoured to know that God had sent Jesus to earth to rescue me!

Rescue me from what, you may ask? Well, rescue me from condemnation. Life here is only temporary and after this life, our soul lives on. Where do you want your soul be?

http://bible.com/r/3Ti

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The Story Keeppers

Dear Readers,

Today, I’m gonna share with you another show that I love watching; The Story Keeppers.

The Story Keeppers is an animated Christian video series Created by Andrew Melrose and Brian D. Brown, produced by Zondervan from 1995 to 1997 in America and Ireland. It tells the story of a Christian leader, his wife, and his foster children’s adventures living in Rome, Italy. Their mission is to keep Jesus’ stories alive during the 1st century. The series consists of thirteen episodes, and features two full-length movies that are compilations of the last four episodes.

From watching the series, it made me realise how difficult it was to live as Christians. Because of their faith in Jesus, they had to run and hide. Some of them died because of what they believed in.

Jesus (Saviour/rescuer) Christ (the Messiah/chosen one) was the Jews and Gentiles’ only hope. He too, is my hope. For I have the same faith, in the same Jesus who died on the cross and rose again. Now He is in my heart and mind.

To me, Jesus was my hero. I cannot tell you enough how much I love Him. But my dear Readers, if you stumbled to read this, know that Christ has died for you too. Your faith in Him will save you from condemnation and you will have eternal life in heaven. Yes, that is my hope… And I’m sharing my hope with you.

With love. ♥️

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The Conversation of Pilgrims

I was born and raised Buddhist,

Working my way only to coexist,

And everything I did never saved me,

For all sins lead to death, you see?

Where does sin come from you ask?

Our sinful thought is already dark.

So well then, what shall we do?

I say to you I know who.

Who can save us from this cycle?

The vicious cycle that leads to hell.

Jesus is the way I say to you.

He will save us from heading the blues.

Yes, the Good News tells us this,

Those who believe in Him will exist.

His way will lead us to heaven,

To love God and others we learn,

The Holy Spirit is working in us,

Let’s be thinking, saying, doing things fabulous,

Yes, though the gate is narrow,

But we won’t be heading to sorrow.

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