Day 22: I Came for the Sick

And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32) I recall one time I went to the doctor for a physical exam. I was there because, I thought, this is what responsible adults do. The doctor came in, looked at my chart, noticed my age (I was about 25 at the time) and said, with a condescending tone, “What are you here for?” “For a physical,” I replied. “You don’t need a physical,” he said. “You … Continue reading Day 22: I Came for the Sick

Day 13: The End of Self-Help

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people” (Luke 1:68) Zechariah is the father of John the Baptist. He sings a wondrous song at the birth of his son about another son—Mary’s son. His song has a simple, yet earth-shattering message: in the baby Jesus, God has come to town. This isn’t anything new of course. God had been coming to save his people for centuries! Zechariah begins, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people” (v. 68). These words “visited” and “redeemed” are reminiscent of … Continue reading Day 13: The End of Self-Help

Day 12: The Great Reversal

“He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty” (Luke 1:51-53) Imagine that you are teenage Mary when an angel of the Lord appears to you announcing that you will conceive the Son of God. Yikes! Understandably, Mary is nearly in shock when she hears the news. This is the biggest day in her young life—any young life. But she recovers … Continue reading Day 12: The Great Reversal

Day 11: God of the Impossible

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37) You are probably familiar with the spy thriller film series, Mission: Impossible. To date, there have been six films in which Ethan Hunt, the main character, goes on a different mission. Take a moment to ponder that. Mission: Impossible. Six different missions. The missions don’t seem to be impossible after all! The way God entered the world and prepared the way for his arrival, on the other hand, was impossible. At least it seemed to be. God promised he would send one final messenger, before Messiah. The fact that there would … Continue reading Day 11: God of the Impossible