Good morning Friends! This week will be a bit of a challenge, I am keeping this updated while on the road on a business trip. Which I did not think would be an issue but my laptop was having some difficulties accessing websites through my mobile hotspot. So I may not be able to share as much media as I can, but today’s the test day, here we go.
Below is THE MESSAGE you have to watch this week. If you do not view any other song or sermon, the one I share today is the most important sermon I have heard to date. My wife and I left both feeling like the pastor seemed to have read Common Sense Reborn and based his message on the cliff notes of that. Watch it, share it, but most importantly, live it.
Week 1: Sunday, March 1, 2020
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39At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Bless are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (Luke 1: 39-45)
At the launch of Disney+, their flagship Star Wars original series “The Mandalorian” captured the hearts of America through the unexpectedly cute “Baby Yoda.” Baby Yoda instantly became one of the most popular Meme templates, and around Christmas time, popular culture starting referencing “The Child,” by putting Baby Yoda in a manger scene. This was cute, and I am sure Jesus has a good sense of humor and got a chuckle out of it. But when the world continues to be marching in the wrong direction, mocking the truth about the importance of the child that would be Jesus Christ is a little insulting. Luke makes sure he documented a story that is found only in his gospel. As a trusted physician in the ancient world, this account would not be included if Luke had not verified its truth. So in the verses above we see that even while still in his mother’s womb, John the Baptist could feel the spirit of Jesus in his presence. These two future world changers were just six months apart and I often wonder if these second cousins ever had interactions together as young boys at family reunions or at the annual census, or the many festivals of the Jewish culture. None-the-less, we see in this passage that Elizabeth and her unborn son knew the importance of Jesus. Do you?
Reading plan: Luke 2:22-52(The only mention of Jesus as a boy in the Bible)
Deeper reading plan: Judges 7-9
Prayer and meditation: continue to pray for your request from day 1 and thank God for the grand plan He worked out for our salvation using John the Baptist and Jesus.
Fitness challenge: Sprint work! We’re in month three, keep increasing your amount of interval, let’s work up to 16 sprints, pick your distance, but push yourself.