SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21
THEME: HAVE YOU MET JESUS? "Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." Matthew 1:22-23
Right from the beginning of the New Testament when we begin to read about the birth and life of Jesus, we are made to understand that Jesus is the completion of all that is recorded in the Old Testament. He is the climax of history!
Matthew opens his Gospel by summarizing the Old Testament story in terms of Jesus' ancestry (Matthew 1:1-17). The Old Testament tells the story that Jesus completes because in Jesus, all the promises of God are fulfilled! Mathew concludes each of five scenes from the conception, birth and early childhood of Jesus by quoting the Hebrew scriptures that have been 'fulfilled' by the events described (Matthew 1:22-23; 2:56, 17, 23; 4:14-16). The first one is the fulfilment in the conception of Jesus: 'All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and they will call him Immanuel" (which means "God with us")' (1:22-23). In other words, all of history, prophesy and promise, is completed in Jesus. Your whole life is completed in Jesus. Every part of your life: your work, family, relationships, friends, memories and dreams are completed in Jesus. The question for you is this: Have you met this Jesus?
✏ Without Jesus, our lives are incomplete.
Matthew 1:22-23; 2:56, 17, 23; 4:14-16.
1. Lord, thank You for the gift of Jesus in my life;
2. Father, I remember my friends and relations that are yet to meet Jesus; draw their attention towards You in the name of Jesus;
3. Lord, let me never get tired of telling people about Jesus in the name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN A YEAR
2 Kings 24; Lamentations 4-5; 2 Timothy 1