Join us as we read through the Gospel of Luke during this Advent Season...
By Cecilia Gibbs, Assistant Principal Rock Solid Christian Academy
Luke 8: 1-56
Today we are reading through Luke Chapter 8, verses 1-50. I hope you have been able to keep up with these readings, regarding this time in God's Word as a special blessing. By no means is this Advent challenge meant to be a burden! I know the chapters are long, and there are so many demands on our time during the Christmas season. Some of these verses may be quite familiar and you might not recognize a benefit in reading through these chapters yet again. But isn't it wonderful that no matter how many times we may read a verse or Bible story, God always tucks away a new and beautiful lesson for us to discover!
As we've seen already, Luke packs quite a bit of information in each of his chapters and Chapter 8 is no exception. I was especially interested in the first few verses as Luke describes how Jesus, "Went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God." In verse 2 he relates that several women have joined this group of disciples. (including Mary Magdalene who was introduced to us in Chapter 7).
Throughout Luke's gospel there are several examples of how Jesus honored women, taught women, and ministered to women in thoughtful ways. I love the words of endearment He often uses when speaking to women, and we all know how much He cared for His dear friends Mary and Martha.
I also love how Jesus allowed others to serve Him: "...and many others who provided for Him from their substance." (Luke 3b NIV). Here we see the true humble nature of Jesus, who willingly made Himself dependent upon others. "He didn’t have to; He could have just created all the money or food He needed. Jesus was humble enough and godly enough to receive from others." (https://enduringword.com/bible-commentary/luke-8/)
During the Christmas Season we put quite a bit of emphasis on giving. Receiving from others is difficult for many of us, including me. Sometimes the ability to humbly receive is a better measure of Jesus in our life than the ability to give. My prayer is that as we follow Christ's teachings and example, we would be open to both giving AND receiving!
"By this we may know that we are in Him: whoever says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way in which He walked. (1 John 2: 5–6 NIV).
Join us as we celebrate the season with our first annual Christmas Open House!
Rock Solid Christmas Open House
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 6-8pm
Come enjoy crafts, holiday treats, and a special Christmas story time - All Free!