March, it’s a month of madness. For many, March brings the first wave of warmer weather and all those cooped in for winter are finally breaking out back into the thawing landscape. America celebrates Ireland’s greatest Saint by tainting the holiday. Shortly after most of us pretend to be Irish and where green for a day, the greatest sporting event in America begins and consumes every workplace office as everyone scrambles to put together a winning bracket in hopes of capturing the pool of prizes from the bracket buy-in. I love college sports and the fever of March Madness, so expect me to reference those events as we march closer to the end of the month.
I hope this March brings a new type of madness into your life. I hope you lose your mind in your pursuit of passion for Jesus Christ. I can feel a revival about to sweep our country, and we need it like never before. We can not let the 2020’s be a time of raucous revelry like the 1920’s were, which brought our country to its: a revival of love, compassion, servitude, and worship for our King and His people. I wish you all a blessed Sunday, full of praise and I pray the Holy Spirit falls on all of you!
1Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I, too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. (Luke 1:1-4)
The Gospels of Luke and John are the most powerful of the four. Not that any of the Gospels are lacking in importance and significance, but there is just something about the two later Gospels that is much different than the first. If this reading plan is the first time you have ever sat down and read these Gospels in their entirety, I am very thankful and humbled. And I am even more excited for what you are about to experience this month. I could not wait to get to Luke’s Gospel because it is my favorite, which is a tough call because as you will see in April, John’s Gospel has a lot of specific verses that can only be found in his Gospel, and John shared a special relationship with Jesus. Luke came to know Jesus after the Son of God had ascended and seems to be one of the first converts to Christianity. But he was alive in the time of Jesus, and as we read in the verses above, Luke most likely spoke with and spent a lot of time visiting with the original “eyewitnesses” to the miracles and life of Jesus Christ. And as a physician, Luke makes sure he has his facts straight and his details are precise. You will see many stories of the life of Jesus that can only be found in Luke. As you read Chapter 1 today you will notice five highly descriptive details neither Matthew nor Mark touched on. These stories are just a few examples of why Luke is my favorite Gospel.
Reading plan: Luke 1
Deeper reading plan: Judges 1-3
Prayer and meditation: continue to pray for your request from day 1 and pray that as we study the Gospel of Luke, Jesus finds a permanent home in your heart.
Fitness challenge: Rest
Worship/Journal: Spend some time this Sunday worshipping the greatness of God and the grace of Jesus Christ.