Happy Thirsty Thursday friends! I listened to a good word from Pastor Steven Furtick yesterday that really quenched my thirst and I wanted to share it here.
Tomorrow is the release of Passion’s newest album. I’m a little bummed because it seems to have a few more covers of other worship songs than original music. Regardless, I am still excited for having a new set of tracks to que in my playlists. Of the songs already released, the song below is my favorite: an anthem to celebrate the King of Glory.
“76And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
77to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
78because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Luke 1:76-79)
By now you may be wondering why I am spending so many days plucking out verses from just the first chapter of Luke. I am doing this because I want to point out the subtle and important differences that Luke writes about, which are some of the reasons this Gospel is my personal favorite. The “Song of Zechariah” is recorded only by Luke, and Luke most likely put this book together around 70 AD, which would have been 70 years after Zechariah was singing this song about the birth of his son, John, who would become a great prophet and pave the path for Jesus to begin His ministry. With Luke being a physician, I assume that Luke got this song straight from the source, by interviewing and spending time with Zechariah, an important Biblical figure who is only mentioned once in the entire Bible.
Zechariah sings a song predicting the importance of his son, who would prepare the way for Jesus and give the people of Israel knowledge of the path to salvation. John the Baptist did just that after spending years in the wilderness talking to God. John’s ministry was almost as short as Jesus’s. These two men changed the world in just a few years. What could you accomplish if you just focused your life on Christ for a few weeks, maybe a few months, how about a few years? Set your eyes on Jesus and watch God change your world, and then use you to change the world around you.
Reading plan: Luke 4
Deeper reading plan: Judges 13-16
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: Distance running. For March, we are going to increase our time to 28 minutes of running.