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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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30 Days with Jesus… Day 1

Almost 6am. I am awake. My nose is blocked and my eyes are puffy from hay fever. Oh, Australian climate. 😥

I am reading my digital bible just to kill time. So, I won’t make any noise to wake my family up.

I found this devotion on Youversion, called One on One with Jesus. It’s about knowing Jesus. This 30 Days devotion will help me to get to know Jesus even more… Oh, my eyes hurt!

First day of devotion. I’m reading my favourite passage. John 1:1-14

In the beginning the Word already existed.

The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God.

God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.

The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.

John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.

And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
John 1:1‭-‬14 NLT

Wow, that’s powerful! It’s amazing how Jesus, the Son of God came to live among people. People just like us.

Folks, if you stumbled to read this. Come with me and get to know Him more.

Who is Jesus? 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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