Pastor Shane Stec continues the God the Revealer series, teaching about the healing of Naaman in 2 Kings 5:1-19 and how God has revealed the way for us to be healed of our spiritual condition.
January 20 – Proverbs 3
LOOK: This passage tells us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts. Wisdom is knowing God’s way and following it.
LISTEN: I see in this passage the great wealth of having God’s wisdom and living in it. Knowing how to live life God’s way is better than wealth, honor and long life. Living right brings peace and contentment.
LEARN: In order to know God’s way, I must be in His word and with His people.
January 19 – Mark 15
LOOK: We continue with the trials of Jesus. Jesus stands before Pilate as the religious lost charge Him with many crimes. Finally, Pilate offers to release Jesus or a hardened criminal named Barabbas. The crowd chooses Barabbas and Jesus continues to be beaten and mocked by the Roman guards. Next we see the crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus.
LISTEN: I’ve always been amazed at the entire ordeal that Jesus went through in His last day before rising again victorious. Jesus was betrayed by a friend, left alone and desperate by other friends, wrongly accused, abused by soldiers who knew how to hurt and humiliate a person, deprived of water, crown of thorns pushed onto His head, nailed to a cross, suffocating while struggling for air and worst of all…became my sin and forsaken by God His father.
LEARN: Whenever we read about the final day of Jesus before His death and eventual resurrection, we should be moved emotionally but also moved practically. In other words, if the crucifixion just makes you emotional and doesn’t change your life, it is no different for you than a good story or movie. Jesus sacrifice for us is personal and should be transforming!
January 18 – Mark 14
LOOK: This passage tells the story of Jesus being anointed with an expensive perfume while in the house of Simon the leper (hopefully former leper). Jesus rebukes the attendees who rebuke the woman for such an extravagant gift. We then see Judas starting his betrayal of Jesus. The last supper takes place and Jesus predicts Peter’s denial. The events leading up to Jesus’ death begin to take place: The garden prayer time (I’ve been there, amazing place); The arrest; The trials; Peter’s denial of Jesus.
LISTEN: I’m struck by the response Jesus gives to the seemingly frugal followers that wanted to help the poor. Jesus only had three and a half years of ministry before His death. Jesus made it clear that He appreciates worship…He leaned into the kisses (enjoyed affection)! The other thing I see here is the willingness of Jesus to go through the whole agonizing process…from betrayal to death.
LEARN: When is the last time you have lavished affection on Jesus? Not just the sterile, corporate worship service at church, but the private worship of Jesus expressing your relationship with Him.
January 17 – Mark 13
LOOK: Here we are told about the end of times. We see what it will be like when Jesus comes back. The tribulation is described and the warning to “Watch” is given.
LISTEN: This passage probably makes you a little nervous. I find that people get nervous when hearing about the coming tribulation, judgment and eternity. The Bible tells us what will be happening when the time is right and tells us how bad the tribulation will be but does not tell us when it will start.
LEARN: The word, “Watch” is sticking with me. I wonder how much we as Christians are keeping watch. The danger for us as Christians today is to be dulled by the concerns of this world. When our focus is 100% on this world and our life here and now, we lose our eternal reality. We should live the reality that we are eternal beings living here temporarily.