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Luke 21:1-4 ” As He looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the Temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. ‘I tell you the truth,’ 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.’

Giving…whether it be money, time or talents is a real stumbling block for many Christians.  We tend to be a selfish, self-centered people…when the Lord wants us to be generous.  We want to be recognized and honored for anything we do…when the Lord requires discretion. (Matthew 6:1-4)  We give the Lord  left-overs…rather than, like the poor widow, giving all we have.

Luke 4:28-29 ” All the people in the Synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove Him out of the town, and took Him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. But He walked right through the crowd and went on His way.”

Jesus was back in His hometown of Nazareth…the place where He had been brought up, and where everyone knew Him and His family.  We find Him on the Sabbath in the Synagogue where someone handed Him the scroll of Isaiah to read from.  He read from Isaiah 61:1-2 …( Which was Jesus’ exact job description here on earth) and then sat down.  Everyone spoke well of Him until He uttered 8 words, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”  No wonder the people were furious!  All they could see was Mary and Joseph’s little boy…and now He’s daring to claim to be the Messiah!  Their minds refused to believe…their hearts were hardened by pride…their eyes were blinded to His Deity.  Their long-awaited Messiah had come and was in their midst…yet they rejected Him.

James 2:5 ” Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the Kingdom He promised those who love Him? “

Everyday there are common, ordinary people -just like yourself – that do extraordinary things in the name of Jesus.  These people may be poor when it comes to material things, but they are rich in the things of God.   The Lord is depending on ordinary people – like yourself – to do His work here on earth.  These are people who, in the world’s eyes, may not have much to offer, but they are rich in faith, with confidence in their salvation and eternal life…and with that kind of trust, they can move mountains.  For Luke 6:20 says, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God.”   The Lord is looking for common, ordinary people to advance His Kingdom here on earth…are you in?

Luke 8:50 ” Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.’ “

Jairus was the President of the Jewish Synagogue in Capernaum, but at this moment in time all his power and authority meant nothing to him… for he had a little daughter dying.  He was desperate enough to actually plead with Jesus to come to his house and heal her.  But it would get worse.  While they were headed there, someone from Jairus’s household ran up to tell him his daughter had just died…but it would get worse.  When they got to the house the scene was utter chaos with people weeping, wailing and milling around.  That’s when Jesus took control of the situation…moving all the people out except for the parents, Peter, James, and John.  He then took a hold of the child’s hand and said, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”   And she did.   So what practical application can we take from this story?  When you’re going through tough times,  position strong people of faith around you…people that can believe for breakthrough and won’t give up or become discouraged.   It’s friends that will gather around you and pray when you may not have the strength or ability to.   Finally, realize it may get worse before it gets better.  But through it all Jesus is saying to you,  “Don’t be frightened, just trust in Me.”

Luke 19:47-48 ” Everyday He was teaching at the Temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill Him. Yet they could not find anyway to do it, because all the people hung on His words.”

The Jewish leaders thought they had the upper hand…that they were in control of the situation.  But little did they realize just who they were up against.  And there were many times that angry crowds threatened to stone Jesus…but He slipped away from their grasp. (John 11:8, John 10:31, John 8:59)  In the human mind, the Crucifixion was the Lord at His lowest point of defenselessness and helplessness…but it was quite the opposite.  Jesus Christ came to earth with one mission…to atone for our sins on the Cross.  And during those three years of His ministry…He was in complete control of every situation…every moment…for He was in control of time.  Several times He told His disciples, “My time has not yet come.”  But later, He told them, “My time has come.”  Whatever you may be going through today, remember, Jesus is in complete control of the situation…including time.

Luke 18:28 ” Peter said to Him, ‘We have left all we had to follow You!’ “

From the moment Jesus beckoned that rag-tag group of fishermen with, “Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”… there has been the decision of whether we follow Jesus or not.  For many, it’s a sacrificial decision…knowing that they are at risk of losing everything.  Following Jesus sacrificially means accepting the potential loss of family, employment, and even freedom.  But Jesus assured the disciples, and all of us,  that this sacrifice isn’t without great reward…for in Luke 18: 29-30  He goes on to promise them, “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the Kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.”

Mark 7:24 ” Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet He could not keep His presence secret.”

You can’t quell the glory of God.  In Luke 19 the people had begun joyfully to praise God in loud voices when the Pharisees ordered Jesus to rebuke them.  Verse 40 says, “I tell you, He replied, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”  Rejoicing in the Lord can not be contained…it must burst forth in worship of our Heavenly Father and what He’s done for us.   Just like Jesus couldn’t keep His presence secret in that house, our praise and worship of God can’t be silenced or suppressed either.