Thunder in the Dessert

24 Jul

Matthew 3: 1-17

Learning from Jesus’ Life:

When you hear the thunder you know the light will come soon.glens lightening The thunder, though harmless, loudly proclaims “Get ready for some action.  John, called the baptizer, served as the thunder with a wakeup call during Jesus’ short 33 years on planet earth.  “Prepare for God’s arrival!”  People came from far and wide to hear his message.  Suddenly Jesus showed up, asking John to baptize Him too.  When John balked Jesus said His baptism was the fulcrum for God’s work down through the centuries.  Jesus’ baptism initiated the action God was about to display before the world.

What was the action?  The life, death and resurrection of Jesus changed the course of history for all of time and eternity.  Though two thousand years have passed we are still benefitting from the action of Jesus.  God saw to it that the words and deeds of Jesus were recorded in the Bible so all future generations would be blessed by this good news.  And how is it blessed?  As we, His followers, follow the example of Jesus and share His message with others.  No one will ever know Jesus loves them unless we love them on His behalf.

We must let the beauty of Jesus be seen as we let His light shine through us. As we want Jesus to treat us, we must treat others.  As we hope to be forgiven, we must forgive.  The mercy we hope to receive we must give.  As patient as we are with others, He will be with us.  As we mirror Jesus attributes of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, forgiveness, it will be reflected back into our lives for eternity.  We can never out give God.  As we strive to let Jesus’ beauty shine through our lives—humanity is blessed.  Like John, let’s let our words and deeds proclaim the good news of Jesus.

God’s Question: What does the light of your life focus on?

God’s Promise: I will do for you what you have done for others.

My Prayer:

I praise You for the wonderful example of Jesus.

I am sorry I am not a better example for You.

Thank You for your mercy and forgiveness.

Help me to be a channel of Jesus’ love to my world.

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