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by Marjorie Fortney, Seventh-day Adventist Church
I thought I would spend some time thinking about the life of Christ and how He lived His life here upon the earth. His ministry was a short span of three and one-half years.
I love the story of the widow of Nain. As He entered the town a funeral procession was winding its way through the streets. A dear mother had
lost her only son; and as if that wasn’t bad enough, she now had no one
to care for her. Jesus was moved with compassion and He stopped the
procession. He went over to the bier. Weep not. Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. You can read the story in Luke 7:11-15.
This story is recorded for our benefit. There will be a great resurrection morning when we too will see our loved ones who have passed away. I am looking forward to seeing my dear father again. Gunner Weber, who served his country during WWII.
Another story I enjoy is Jesus sleeping on the boat in the middle of the storm. It shows his humanity. His body experienced being tired, and
probably at times He felt exhausted from the long hours of ministry. A terrible storm raged, but he remained sleeping. His disciples were terrified and so they woke Him up. Luke 8:25 And He said unto them, Where is your faith? He rebuked the storm, and the sea became calm.
There is a beautiful song that I love with the following words:
I know the Master of the wind; I know the Maker of the rain.
He can calm the storm, make the sun shine again.
I know the Master of the wind.
We all go through storms in this life. He can calm any storm that comes our way.
The church leaders were always trying to catch Him saying something that they could twist and get Him in trouble. He was way too smart for them. They obviously didn’t believe in His divinity. This particular incident, certain Pharisees had a question about paying taxes. They were sure that whatever answer he gave he would either be in trouble with the law of Moses, or the laws of Rome. He asked for a penny. Whose is this image and superscription?
Caesar’s, they said. They marvelled at His response. Mark 12:17, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesars, and to God the things that are God’s.
Jesus was very compassionate. He spoke with authority. He was very wise. Oh, that we would live each day in harmony with His example and will.
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