Friday, December 22, 2023

Journey with Jesus

During Advent this year, our church is reading through the book of Luke. I wanted to share some of the messages of God’s love I found through this journey.


Chapter 2:14: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!”


To think that God is pleased with us!


The verses Jesus read in the synagogue about himself:


4:18-19: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me     to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”


He came to set me free from the prison of my sin.


7:33-34: “For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’”

Verses 36-38: “When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.”

50: “Jesus said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’”


The people then accused Jesus of being a friend of tax collectors and sinners. They didn’t know they were speaking the truth.


10:16: “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”


How we respond to Jesus is crucial.


15:3-6: “Then Jesus told them this parable: ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.”’”


I praise God that he seeks one lost sinner and rejoices when they are found.


17:3-4: “So watch yourselves. If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”


I am so glad Jesus is willing to forgive multiple times.


22:31-32: “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”


Thank you, Jesus, that you now pray for us.


I am so grateful for the kind of people Jesus paid special attention to:


5:12-13,31-32: While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ And immediately the leprosy left him. Jesus answered them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’”


8:47-48: “Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.’”


The woman tried to hide, but Jesus forced her to talk to him so he could show he loved her like a daughter.


19:1-5,9-10: “Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.’

“Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.’”


21:1-4: “As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. ‘Truly I tell you,’ he said, ‘this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.’”


23:42-43: “Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.’”


The thief on the cross.


And Jesus pays special attention to you and me too. 


  1. Thank you Kathy, I love reading Luke, I also love your comments. Merry Christmas and God bless you. Love laura

    1. Thank you, Laura. Love you too. From Kathy

  2. We read Luke 2 ever Christmas Eve to remind us of our Lord's Gift. Merry Christmas, my dear friend.

    1. Thank you. Merry Christmas to you too. from Kathy

  3. Merry Christmas, Kathy! We one chapter of Luke each day in December - from birth to crucifixion and ascension, so we get to read the entire life of Jesus in 24 days. This year, we realized what a blessing it is just to have His Word in our lives and how He reveals something new each time we read it!!! blessings and love to you and yours (Erma) :)

    1. Yes, something new every time. Take good care, Kathy