GOD’S PERSONAL VISIT

Luke and the Lost

We had a personal visit from our nephew last night. As soon as we saw him, we knew it was him. We knew him well, since he was a baby in arms. Now he is much older, but we still recognized him and welcomed him into our lives. All of our family here in Indiana gathered to welcome him, eat with him and his family and tell story after story of past experiences together and apart. Those times are always precious to us. We all relate to seeing those we love. We enjoy just being together.

Jesus looks over Jerusalem, a place full of people, who do not recognize that he is the Son of God and is God. And he weeps. He is saddened to know that there are still many who will not recognize and welcome God’s personal visit to them. Those who welcome praise. Those who do not scorn. There are only two sides to choose from. Jesus and Life or not…and death.
Choose well.

Luke 19, The Message
God’s Personal Visit
28-31 After saying these things, Jesus headed straight up to Jerusalem. When he got near Bethphage and Bethany at the mountain called Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: “Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says anything, asks, ‘What are you doing?’ say, ‘His Master needs him.’”

32-33 The two left and found it just as he said. As they were untying the colt, its owners said, “What are you doing untying the colt?”

34 They said, “His Master needs him.”

35-36 They brought the colt to Jesus. Then, throwing their coats on its back, they helped Jesus get on. As he rode, the people gave him a grand welcome, throwing their coats on the street.

37-38 Right at the crest, where Mount Olives begins its descent, the whole crowd of disciples burst into enthusiastic praise over all the mighty works they had witnessed:

Blessed is he who comes,
the king in God’s name!
All’s well in heaven!
Glory in the high places!
39 Some Pharisees from the crowd told him, “Teacher, get your disciples under control!”

40 But he said, “If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for them, shouting praise.”

41-44 When the city came into view, he wept over it. “If you had only recognized this day, and everything that was good for you! But now it’s too late. In the days ahead your enemies are going to bring up their heavy artillery and surround you, pressing in from every side. They’ll smash you and your babies on the pavement. Not one stone will be left intact. All this because you didn’t recognize and welcome God’s personal visit.”

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Dear Heavenly Father,
Oh, Lord, I pray…if we would only recognize what is good for us, who is the best for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior AND our Lord. You still personally visit us today. Let more and more of us welcome You into every part of our lives, not just pieces or compartments but ALL of our lives. May our hearts, minds and souls be sold out completely to You. In Jesus Name, Amen I believe!

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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