BLESSING GOD!!! AMEN!!! (the last 3 words of Luke)
Suggested Reading: Luke 24
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Key Verse: Luke 24:47
… and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
What was Luke’s reason for writing his Gospel? Here it is! “That you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed!” (Luke 1:4). Amen!!! Luke had two whole years to travel in the footsteps of Jesus. He was an assistant to the Apostle Paul, and Paul spent two years as a prisoner in Caesarea under the authority of two Roman Governors, Felix and Festus, as well as under King Agrippa (Luke was also writing a major portion of the book of Acts during those years…read Acts 23:23 to Acts 26:32). Luke’s writing style in his Gospel is obviously the result of personal interviews with people such as Mary, family members of the Bethlehem shepherds, several of the Apostles, perhaps Zacchaeus, people who participated in the celebration on Palm Sunday, Jewish religious leaders who later came to faith in Jesus as their Messiah (Acts 6:7), and the women who first visited Jesus’ empty tomb. Just imagine Luke trying to write down the stories of many of the approximately 500 people who saw the risen Jesus!!! (1 Corinthians 15:1-6).
Now, here comes the orders to all of us from Almighty God, the risen Christ! Preach (this includes one-to-one personal witness…probably the most effective way of preaching) “TO ALL NATIONS, BEGINNING AT JERUSALEM!!!” True Christians have no alternative but to proclaim to one and all by direct witness, by public preaching, and by sacrificial giving so others can share the Gospel in person or by the media (TV, radio, print, the world wide web, billboards, etc. etc.). Let’s do it together!!! Ready! Set! Go!!!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I join the prophet Isaiah who wrote so very much about a person who could be no one other than Jesus of Nazareth (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, chapter 53), and I say to You in answer to Your question recorded in Isaiah 6:8, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us? …’HERE AM I, SEND ME!!!'” I’m available now, today, and every day until I die or until You return in glory and the work is done! I pray for the grace of total obedience to Your will for my life. Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I know, first hand, the interview style of writing. It has been my privilege, since 1962, to interview approximately 15,000 people. This is why I can assert with certainty that Luke interviewed the people who told him the facts of the life of Jesus! I have 100% confidence in these many eyewitness accounts. Of course there will always be slight variations in the way witnesses see an event. Take a court of law for example. People look at things from different angles and choose to emphasize certain elements over others. If their testimonies were identical, it would prove collusion and would destroy the credibility of the witnesses. This explains why the four Evangelists sometimes recorded different views and memories of the same events…yet there are no contradictions. Put all the testimonies of the Gospels together and we have the fullest possible description of what really happened!
I’ve just read an e-mail from Toronto Lawyer, Stevan Novoselac. Norma-Jean and I had visited with Stevan and his wife Marianne a few days ago. Stevan met this past week with my hematologist/oncologist/cancer specialist at the Cancer Centre, and here’s what Stevan wrote in his e-mail to tell us what the good Doctor said: “In reference to David’s recovery, he said he can’t explain it, that David was in his prayers and, ‘If I wasn’t a believer before, I am now.'” Stevan and Marianne have committed to be with me every Sunday evening from July 6th through August 24th. That’s eight Sunday evening healing services at 6 p.m. for one hour, or however long it takes to pray according to James 5:13-18. Therefore, God willing, we’ll do this at the Crossroads Centre Chapel, 1295 North Service Road, Burlington, Ontario. I expect to be there along with others who will join me to pray for each individual requesting prayer for healing. All the faith God requires of us is just enough to obey those instructions from the Pastor of the Jerusalem Church, James, the one who is known as the “Brother of our Lord” (James 5:14-15). God can say, “Yes,” “No,” “Wait,” or anything He chooses to respond to our prayers. We don’t demand anything of God. We simply “trust and obey!” The Crossroads Chapel also houses the congregation of St. Georges Anglican Church. I’m inviting any of the elders of that congregation to participate. These healing services are one of my ways of saying, “Thanks” to God and to all who have prayed for my healing from MDS acute leukemia. Whether one shows up or one hundred and one, God willing, I’ll be there!
Yours for never, never, never keeping the Good News of Jesus to ourselves!