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Deuteronomy 16-17:20

Today a phrase in the first verse of chapter sixteen caught my imagination, “for that was when the LORD your God brought you out of Egypt by night” Something exploded in my spirit, an understanding, a knowing and it gave me great peace.

It is in the deep, in the darkest part of the night when our deliverance comes. When there is false light, dim light, we struggle to make a our way using the five senses. Then when the dimly lit areas of our lives loose all light, it is then and only then that we turn and rely on something other than ourselves because we have exhausted all natural hope. We either turn to God or we continue to believe the lies of the devil and remain in our sin. It was in the darkness of the grave that Jesus secured victory over death and the grave and brought us into freedom. (I Corinthians 15:55-56). It is in the light of God’s Word that we relinquish our fear of death and darkness that is in the grave because Jesus has wrought for us such a great salvation.

Hebrews 2: 14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil– 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

So when we find ourselves in the dark, when we see the death of our finances, death of relationships, as our lives and social structures we have carved out for ourselves slowly crumble and takes its last gasp of air, be of good cheer because deliverance is near. Weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning light, and that morning light is Jesus.

When the things in my life are falling apart, God is up to something.

Luke 9:7-27

Picking up on Mike’s comments on being in “control,” I think humans feel comfortable and at ease when we think we are in control. It seems that controlling people are out of control in their personal lives and out of control people are controlling. Herod had his little kingdom and he exercised his “control” by taking off John the Baptist head. Now, as far as he knew John might be walking around again. Guilt and his out of control hedonistic behavior, as recorded by historians, tormented him and caused his confusion. This man Herod who could not keep his base appetites under control found out he wasn’t in control of everything in his little kingdom.

Psalm 72:1-20

1 Give justice to the king, O God,
and righteousness to the king's son.

Since Solomon is listed as the writer of this Psalm, I wonder whom he was writing about? Inspired by the Holy Spirit did he know that this Psalm points to Jesus as the “king” that he wants God to give justice too?
Proverbs 12:8-9
8 Everyone admires a person with good sense,

O, to have good sense! I don’t think it is a bad thing to want to be admired as long as we use the model that used “good sense,” instead of the fleeting fame that comes with having a warped mind. Think dirty mouth comedians.

Grace and peace,

March 31st

Luke 9:18–22

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” And they answered, “John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”

Jesus Foretells His Death

And he strictly charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” (ESV)

Jesus is seen here praying, as was his custom. Jesus is shown to pray often in the gospel of Luke. He must have used any available time to pray. We are invited by God to intercede with Christ, our High Priest and Intercessor:

Hebrews 4:14–16
Jesus the Great High Priest

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (ESV)

Hebrews 10:21–22a
and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith…. (ESV)

Jesus asks the disciples who do the people say that he is. Various answers are given, but Peter answered that Jesus was “the Christ”... the Anointed One, the Messiah!

After telling the disciples to keep this revelation secret, Jesus predicts his death and resurrection. How this must have confused the disciples. They just could not grasp what they were being told, as we have seen in the first and second gospels.

The Reformation Study Bible notes:
“The disciples would almost certainly have been misunderstood if they had told anyone; people would have thought they were proclaiming a political deliverer. Jesus went on to explain the Messiah must suffer, be rejected, die, and be raised on the third day.”

Maranatha! IC -|- XC

Prayer for Today:
Lord, strengthen and encourage my Indian brothers and sisters, and all whose daily lives are marked by danger. They’re ready to suffer for your sake, but please protect them and give them peace. Amen.

I realize that there are so many things out of my control. Alot of times we think we have it all figured out to realize we are laid out flat on the ground twisted foot and ankle writhing in pain and know God is only one who has it figured out. If we try to save our life, we lose it and those who sacrifices for a friend receives so much more. I don't want to gain the whole world and lose my soul. I want to stay committed to my savior forever!

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