December 28, 2017 Zechariah 13,14; Luke 22:39-71

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Temptation | Kim Chipman

S~ On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” Luke 22:40 (NIV)

“Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” Luke 22:46 (NIV)

O~ I find this so interesting. Jesus is going to pray, knowing that the time is coming for Him to be tortured and crucified. Yet, He tells the disciples to pray that they won’t fall into temptation…not for Him, but for themselves! Talk about selfless! He was concerned for their hearts more than His own.

A~ This is a prayer I need to pray more often. Lord, help me not to fall into temptation. It’s good for me to remember this promise: 1 Cor 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

v 12 warns: So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!

There are lots of verses that warn to be on guard – Matthew 16:6, 16:11; Mark 13:23, 13:33; Luke 12:15; Acts 20:31; 1 Cor 16:13; 2 Peter 3:17…

P~ Lord, I pray that I will not fall into temptation. Help me to remember to stay on guard! I can’t let my guard down! I know there is always a way for me to choose well. You promise there is a way. Help me to remember this and look for it! I love You!

Truth is Truth | Robin Laney

S~ “If you are the Christ,” they said, “tell us.” Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.” Luke 22:67-69 (NIV)

O~ Jesus had been arrested the night before and the next morning was led in front of the chief priests and teachers of the law. They questioned his identity and Jesus, quite matter-of-factly, stated that his words wouldn’t make any difference to them. They would not believe him but that wouldn’t change the fact that he was the Son of God.

A~ This scene amazes me and makes me wonder if, had I been present, I too would have denied Christ. The people he stood before were learned Jews. They knew what the Scriptures told of the Messiah to come. They had heard about and maybe even seen the miracles Jesus had done. They admitted that he spoke with authority and they, themselves, were involved in the fulfillment of the very prophecies they knew by heart. Yet, they had no clue.

Here we are today and Jesus is not walking among us in human form. We have only the accounts of the Bible and the testimonies of many who have come before us and more who follow him now. How much harder is it for us to believe? Many do not or will not believe that he is the Christ, our Savior. No matter what historical evidence is shown, what amazing life change has occurred in people, or what incredible miracles happen, those who choose not to believe cannot or will not see him as the Son of God. While their unbelief or choice not to follow Jesus greatly affects both their present and their eternity, it doesn’t change Jesus’ identity, his authority, or where he is seated.

P~ Father, thank You that my eyes have been opened and my heart has trained on You. Thank You for the gift of the sacrifice of Your Son for my salvation. Lord, I pray that all those I know and love will see the full Truth of who You are and will choose to follow You with their whole hearts. I pray that the hearts of many will be softened and will come to know You well. Lord, I pray for courage and boldness in sharing the Good News with as many as I can. Lord, pour out Your Spirit in these days!

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