Greetings Sisters and Brothers of Calvary UMC!
Hope you are all finding warmth through the cold spell. This is my mid-week devotion to remind us that even in the beginning of a New Year and cold temps that freeze everything around us that God is present and active in our day-to-day walk of life.
What adjectives would you use to describe God at work in your life? Luke often used the word translated “amazed” to describe the emotional reactions to the events in the life of Jesus Christ. When his birth was announced, the shepherds were at first terrified at what they had experienced on the Judean hillside. Later, they shared what they had witnessed in Bethlehem, and Luke recorded that “all who heard it were amazed” (Luke 2.48).
This emotional reaction continued as Jesus revealed who He really was and is:
“The people in His hometown, Nazareth, were initially ‘amazed by the gracious words that came from his mouth’ (Luke 4.22).
After he calmed the storm, Jesus disciples were both “fearful and amazed” (8.25).
When Jesus healed the demon-possessed man, ‘everyone was amazed at all the things he was doing’ (9.43).
A Pharisee “was amazed” that Jesus didn’t “perform the ritual washing before dinner(11.38).
The religious leaders were “amazed” at Jesus answers to the questions that were designed to trap him (20.26).
Peter was “amazed” when he saw the empty tomb (24.12).
The disciples were “amazed” when they saw the scars in his hands and feet after the resurrection (24.4-41).
The ways of God truly does amaze us. The list of those things in life that “amaze” us is unending: life, a birth of a baby, this planet, the galaxy, the ocean depth, and all the creatures that inhabit the land, the sea, and the air…and the list could go on and on. But there is none more amazing than the love and grace of God brought to us through His Son, Jesus Christ. We are amazed at such a love that knows no boundaries and is eternal.
I pray this year you may all be amazed by the love of God through Jesus Christ for you that it will move you into a deeper and fuller relationship with the God that loves you all so much and desires nothing more than to have a intimate relationship with you for the rest of your life….That is Amazing!
“Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see” (Amazing Grace, John Newton).
In Jesus, we find “Amazing Grace!”
Pastor Eric
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