People think of Martha as inferior to her more spiritual sister, Mary. This is not a fair assessment. Her joy came from serving!
Notice this very important switch that Jesus made. Jesus was asked, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus’ story ended with “To whom will you be a neighbor?”
Many of the workers who the Lord will send into the harvest fields are not yet harvested! What would happen if every Christian prayed to the Lord to raise up more workers for His harvest?
Awe is an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, and fear produced by that which is grand and extremely powerful
Through the crush of the people, the woman touched the tzitzit (tassels) on His garment. She was healed immediately. Can you imagine her joy of being delivered from this awful sickness?
No formal theological training. No discipleship program. Not even a single Bible study, and Jesus tells this man to be a witness for Him.
Then Jesus came along! How I wish people would understand this truth: But Jesus! He makes all the difference. He can provide comfort. He can heal any wound. He is your “refuge and strength a very present help in time of trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
A Gentile Centurion was blessed by Jesus because he was a blessing to the people of Israel. This is in keeping with what God promised to Abraham.
Then Jesus did something to prove He had the authority to forgive sin. He told the man, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” Can you imagine the emotions of this man when he felt the strength returning to his legs?
Jesus taught the disciples to fish—meaning the tell someone about Him. This is a pattern for our lives. When we encounter the truth of God’s word, we should follow and fish.
Maybe you did not receive your father’s or mother’s blessing. But you can change that tradition right now by learning to bless your children.
Simeon was an old man who lived in expectation of the arrival of Israel’s Messiah. His name, Simeon, means “to hear.” He was listening for the coming salvation of the Lord. Can you imagine his joy?