3:16 Plan - Week 9 - Day 1 - Year 3 - Matthew 26:1-5, Mark 14:1-2, Luke 22:1-2

Jesus, our True Passover Lamb, knew what awaited Him and went anyway.  Why?  His obedience to the Father’s Plan and His love for you!

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Luke 22:2 - The leading priests and teachers of religious law were plotting how to kill Jesus, but they were afraid of the people's reaction.

Read - Matthew 26:1–5; Mark 14:1–2; Luke 22:1–2

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Jesus’ public teaching ministry was complete other than the few words He would speak from the Cross.  The leaders were plotting His demise and the disciples were following with uncertainty.  There was electricity in the air with all that was going on but Jesus was resolute and clear in His purpose.  Do you remain resolute in the face of difficult circumstances? 

Yield

Lord, I will stay focused and committed to Your plans and purposes. 

Extra Discovery

https://www.bible-history.com/backd2/jerusalem.html - An interesting article about the swelling population in Jerusalem during Passover. 

Revelation

Jesus would not be deterred from His mission to seek and save us even by the reality of His own gruesome death to come on the cross.  The Marring of Sin required a perfect Sacrifice and Jesus was that ‘once-for-all-time’ sacrifice for sin.  Praise God!



3:16 Plan - Week 9 - Day 5 - Year 3 - Matthew 25:31-46

Compassionate action is one of the greatest mark of the follower of Jesus. 

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Matthew 25:33 - Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 

Read - Matthew 25:31-46

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All through the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus, the people who follow God are affectionately called His sheep.  This parable brings that picture home with finality.  His sheep hear His voice and His voice calls us to compassionately serve the least and lost in His Name and for His Gospel. 

Yield

Lord, I will be Your hands and feat today. 

Extra Discovery

Read Isaiah 58:6-11 to hear more about God’s heart of Compassion. 

Revelation

Yesterday’s devotion ended by asking you if you had a ministry.  Many of us struggle with that question because we think Ministry is only for the paid pastor or bible teacher.  Today’s text gives us some great areas to investigate to find our own ministry even if we aren’t on the stage.  Compassion is a quality of all the best ministries.  Is it one of yours?


3:16 Plan - Week 9 - Day 4 - Year 3 - Matthew 25:14-30

Your value to God is not in what you do but you can do great things because you are valuable to God!

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Matthew 25:23 - Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities.

Read - Matthew 25:14–30

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This parable is a call to live our lives invested in the Kingdom of Jesus.  He has entrusted us with many gifts and each are to bless us and bless others as we use them.  What are you doing with what the Lord has entrusted to you in this life? 

Yield

Lord, I will invest my life for Your purposes. 

Extra Discovery

A single talent would be worth about 20 years wages.  God is generous!

Revelation

God entrusts us with resources of His Spirit and many gifts.  This is for the purpose of Ministry.  Each of us has a ministry, defined as what we do for God with our lives.  What is your ministry?  


3:16 Plan - Week 9 - Day 3 - Year 3 - Matthew 25:1-13

Heaven will be prepared place for a prepared people.  Are you prepared to meet God?

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Matthew 25:10 - "But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came.

Read - Matthew 25:1–13

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Jesus teaches that some will be ready for eternity with Him and some will not.  This parable helps us understand that there will come a time when it is too late to prepare so pro-activity is a must.  We must stay ready for Christ’s promised return and must help ready those whom we can. 

Yield

Lord, I will prepare myself and my family for Your sure return.  

Extra Discovery

https://www.gotquestions.org/parable-ten-virgins.html 

Revelation

You can’t be Mended by Christ through someone else whether they are a pastor, a priest or a godly grandma.  Their ‘oil’ doesn’t work in your ‘lamp’.  To be saved, we must have personal faith in Christ that leads to personal repentance for our sin.   Once saved, you needn’t worry about having enough oil but can just concentrate on staying ready for His return and serving Him faithfully until He does. 


3:16 Plan - Week 9 - Day 2 - Year 3 - Matthew 24:1-51, Mark 13:1-37, Luke 21:5-38 - Part 2

Like pregnancy, the great anguish means you are nearing a time of great joy. 

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Matthew 24:21 - For there will be greater anguish than at any time since the world began. And it will never be so great again.

Read - Matthew 24:1–51; Mark 13:1–37; Luke 21:5–38 - Part 2

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Jesus promises His return ‘coming in the clouds’ and prepares us not to fall into the hands of false messiah’s who will deceive many.  You won’t be able to miss it and won’t need to hear about it on the news…when Jesus comes the whole world will be informed in the blink of an eye. 

Yield

Lord, I will wait for Your sure return. 

Extra Discovery

http://christinprophecy.org/articles/matthew-24/ - an interesting view on this text. 

Revelation

Our faith in Christ will become sight when He returns.  Those who Know Him and are Mended by Jesus great sacrifice will be eternally saved and rewarded for their faithfulness by forever Marvelling in the Majesty of Holy God.  Those who are deceived by the Enemy will remain Marred by the Sin that held them in life as they suffer in an eternal Meaningless Misery apart from God and all that is good.  The stakes are high and irrefutable.  We share Christ to help all have the opportunity to receive the Gospel. 



3:16 Plan - Week 9 - Day 1 - Year 3 - Matthew 24:1-51; Mark 13:1-37, Luke 21:5-38 - Part 1

Before Christ will return, there will be difficulties to endure. 

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Matthew 24:2 - "Do you see all these buildings? I tell you the truth, they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!"

Read - Matthew 24:1–51; Mark 13:1–37; Luke 21:5–38 - Part 1

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To believe that our faith will not encounter struggle is to be set up for failure.  Rather, be encouraged because God promises to be with us was the struggles of sin play out their final chapters and then to be with us forever!

Yield

Lord, I will endure with Your help. 

Extra Discovery

https://www.gotquestions.org/Olivet-discourse.html 

Revelation

Jesus taught that ‘sin would be rampant everywhere’ in the Olivet discourse we read today.  This leads us to understand that the brokenness of sin will increase and not diminish as we get closer to the return of Christ.  Rather than despair, prepare.  How?  Greater surrender to the Holy Spirit of God will prepare you to endure through greater times of sinfulness in our world. 


3:16 Plan - Week 8 - Day 5 - Year 3 - Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4

Generosity is a condition of the heart that flows through our wallet, calendar and more. 

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Mark 12:44 - For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on." 

Read - Mark 12:41–44; Luke 21:1–4

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You have heard it said that ‘money makes the world go around’.  Certainly, it has a value but that value can be good or bad.  As followers of Christ, we are called not to love money but to love God & others and one of the ways we do that is by keeping a loose grip on what God blesses us with.  

Yield

Lord, I will be generous with what You have blessed me with. 

Extra Discovery

Read Leviticus 25:35-37 to see an O.T. view of generosity. 

Revelation

The impoverished woman becomes an example to us.  Consider who you look up to in the world and ask yourself why?  Jesus elevated this woman’s generosity so that we knew the values that make up a Mended and Morphed follower of Christ and so we would know the heart of God on a matter as valuable as giving.  Do you enjoy giving?  It is an act of obedient service that should fill you with joy.  If you experience something other than joy when an opportunity to give arises then consider why…