Day 286 Matthew 12:22-50; Luke 11

Day 286
Matthew 12:22-50; Luke 11

One day the disciples watched Jesus from a distance as He prayed to the Father. They had never seen anyone pray with such ease and earnestness. His intimacy with the Father was enticing. When He finished praying, they


Day 285 Matthew 11

Day 285
Matthew 11

There was a time when John the Baptist seemed absolutely certain about Jesus’ true identity. When he was a six-month-fetus in the womb of Elizabeth he leaped with joy when Mary, who was also pregnant with Jesus, entered her cousin’s home. Thirty years later John looked at Jesus


Day 284 Matthew 8:1-13, Luke 7

Day 284
Matthew 8:1-13; Luke 7

As Jesus came down the mountain, the large crowd that followed Him suddenly split like a fork in the road as a man with leprosy approached Him. Since ancient times, the term leprosy was the general description for almost any kind of skin rash or infection that progressively afflicted


Day 283 Matthew 5-7

Day 283
Matthew 5-7

When Jesus taught, people listened. This was most evident when He sat down (the normal posture for a teacher) on a hillside and taught His disciples about the Kingdom of God (7:28-29). Matthew constructed his


Day 282 Matthew 12:1-21; Mark 3; Luke 6

Day 282
Matthew 12:1-21, Mark 3, Luke 6

While the tangible tension that existed between Jesus and the Pharisees was over the nature of the Sabbath, their real conflict was essentially in their understanding of the nature of God. For the Pharisees, God mainly


Day 281 John 5

Day 281
John 5

As it happened, Jesus traveled to Jerusalem to participate in an unnamed annual feast. During His stay, He passed by the Sheep gate located on the northern side of the Temple Mount and visited a five-roofed colonnaded


Day 280 Mark 2

Day 280
Mark 2

The early chapters of the Gospel of Mark were written in an inductive style in order to supply overwhelming proof that Jesus was the Messiah. With every sick person healed, every demon cast out, every sermon preached, and every disciple called, Mark was deliberately leading his readers to wonder, “Who is this Man? Who can do these things?


Day 279 John 2-4

Day 279

John 2-4
Jesus attended a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee where He performed His first miracle or sign. John structured his Gospel record around seven such signs of Jesus. The nature of the miracle was striking in its quality


Day 278 Matthew 4, Luke 4-5, John 1:15-51

Day 278
Matthew 4, Luke 4-5, John 1:15-51

The story of His testing must have been personally and candidly shared with His disciples because there were no witnesses of His showdown in the desert with the devil. As it happened, the confirming voice of the


Day 277 Matthew 3, Mark 1, Luke 3

Day 277
Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3

As it happened, about a year before Jesus stepped out of the shadows, John the Baptist, the man of the Spirit, shaped and sculpted by desert-solitude, seized his role as forerunner to the Messiah (Matthew 3:3; Mark