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Focus Verses: Luke 8:53-56
53 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. 56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.
ministry was a declaration that the Kingdom of God was at hand (Luke
10:9). In Jesus, the Kingdom was close enough to touch. When the power
of the Kingdom encountered the pain of this broken world, it produced
unexpected and astonishing results. The power of death was subordinate
to the power of God. People who laughed at the suggestion that Jesus
could do anything to overcome the cold reality of death found themselves
dumbfounded at the life-giving power of the Kingdom.
Response and Action:
facing the cold realities of my world and my life, I must be careful
not to dismiss the possibilities of the Kingdom. Things as real and
powerful as death can be overcome by the very real power of Christ
Jesus. There are times when a dismissive scoff comes easier than a
prayer. There are situations so overwhelming and terminal that it seems
laughable to have hope. Yet Jesus may calmly suggest that reality is
bigger than I think it is. The power of the Kingdom changes the reality
of life on earth. Knowing Jesus opens the door to knowing a greater
God, forgive me for the times I am blind to your power and grace. Save
me from scornful skepticism and give me a Kingdom confidence. Make the
power of your Kingdom a present reality in my life and in this world.
And may the seeds of your Kingdom in my life produce a firm faith and a
future hope. Remind me of the promised day when your Kingdom comes and
your will is done on earth as it is in Heaven! Through Christ, I pray.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Hebrews 11:1, 6
1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. - - - 6
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who
comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who
earnestly seek him.
Kingdom Come: How Jesus Wants to Change the World
by Allen Mitsuo Wakabayashi