Encounters with Jesus

Yesterday brought us to the conclusion of devotionals based on verses in the first chapter of the book of John.  Hopefully spending time in God’s Word every day is helping you to grow in your relationship with Jesus. What are you learning? How is it changing you?

For the next six weeks the daily devotionals will be highlighting various interactions Jesus had with people as recorded in all four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These four gospels were written by Jesus’ disciples who had first-hand knowledge of all that Jesus did and taught.

Jesus associated with all kinds of people. He healed some, rebuked others, and encouraged still others. Some reached out to him, others He simply knew their need. Rich, poor, young, old … Jesus did not then and does not now play favorites or discriminate. No one is beyond his love and compassion.

The stories of his encounters with the people of His day are also our stories. As you read these devotionals, may your encounters with Jesus make you more like Him.

In 2 Timothy 3:26 we read:

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”

There is so much for us to learn from and in the Bible! As you read the devotionals each day, don’t be afraid to branch out and read even more on your own in the Bible! Experience God fully and live the life He has planned for you!

Tomorrow’s devotional will take us to the book of Matthew.  Here’s a verse from that book for you to think about until then:

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said. (Matthew 4:19)

The Christian faith is meant to be lived moment by moment. It isn’t some broad, general outline–it’s a long walk with a real Person. Details count: passing thoughts, small sacrifices, a few encouraging words, little acts of kindness, brief victories over nagging sins. ~ Joni Eareckson Tada

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