Bible Reading: John 10:11-18
In our Bible Reading today, Jesus said that He is the good shepherd. These verses compare a shepherd with a worker who is paid to take care of sheep.
A worker who is paid to care for sheep does only what he must do. When trouble comes, he runs away and leaves the sheep alone. He does not really care about them. But a shepherd owns the sheep. He knows each sheep and notices when one is missing. When danger is near, he stays with the sheep to protect them. I am so glad that Jesus is my shepherd. I belong to Him, and I know He cares about me. I know He protects me from danger.
The most important thing a shepherd can do is give his life for his sheep. Jesus gave His life for us when He died on the cross. He loves us so much that He was willing to die and accept the punishment for our sins.
Think about Jesus being your good shepherd today. Remember what He does for you, and share this news with others. — JK
“I am the good shepherd, and
the good shepherd gives his
life for the sheep.”
PRAYER: God, thank You that Jesus was willing to die for me. In His name. Amen.
This is the final part (part eighteen) of my blogging challenge. I’ve enjoyed this challenge a great deal. It has left me eager to start the new school year! As a veteran teacher it is easy to fall into the trap of doing things a certain way just because I’ve done them that way for years, without … Continue reading 18/100: Reflecting on Penny Ur’s Teaching Tips – 18. Write in Class →
This is part seventeen of my blogging challenge. As a veteran teacher it is easy to fall into the trap of doing things a certain way just because I’ve done them that way for years, without remembering the reason why. I’ve decided to set myself a blogging challenge – reflect on one tip from each of … Continue reading 18/100: Reflecting on Penny Ur’s Teaching Tips – 17. Sight Words →
Bible Reading: Exodus 12:21-30
The Israelites were slaves in Egypt. God chose Moses to free the Israelites. Moses asked Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, to let the Israelites go free, but he refused. God made terrible things happen to the Egyptians, but Pharaoh still would not let them go.
After many terrible things happened, God told Moses He would kill the firstborn of each family in Egypt. In our Bible verses, we learn that the Israelites were to kill a lamb and put its blood on their door frame. Then God would pass over their house and not kill their firstborn. The Israelites were protected by the blood of the lamb.
The devil wants us to be punished for our sins. But God sent Jesus to be our “Lamb.” Jesus accepted the punishment for our sins when He died for us. When He was nailed to a cross, He bled for us. The blood of Jesus, our Lamb, saves us.
As Christians, we are saved by Jesus’ blood. Don’t live without Jesus, the Lamb! — CPE*
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God. He takes away the sins of the world!’” John 1:29
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us Jesus to be our Lamb and save us. In His name. Amen.
This is part sixteen of my blogging challenge. As a veteran teacher it is easy to fall into the trap of doing things a certain way just because I’ve done them that way for years, without remembering the reason why. I’ve decided to set myself a blogging challenge – reflect on one tip from each of the … Continue reading 18/100: Reflecting on Penny Ur’s Teaching Tips – 16. Assess Yourself →
Bible Reading: Mark 15:16-20
Many stories tell about a king and ordinary people. The ordinary people worship the king and do many things for the king. The king even sends people to fight a war. Some of the people die for the king. These people believe they belong to the king.
In verse 18 of our Bible Reading today, the Jews made fun of Jesus and called Him “king of the Jews.” As a Christian, I know that Jesus is truly my King. He is much more important than all the kings in all the books I have read. Jesus is the best king. Why? Because He died for us. Jesus gave up His life so we can have eternal life with Him.
Jesus also tells the truth. Because Jesus tells the truth, I trust Him. Jesus is perfect! He has never sinned or done anything wrong. Jesus is the best King to follow.
Is Jesus your King? Are you willing to obey and serve Him? Do you worship Him? Are you willing to die for Him? Give your life to King Jesus and follow Him every day! — CPE*
“Praise Him! Welcome! God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord! God bless the King of Israel!” John 12:13b
PRAYER: God, we know Jesus is our King. Help us to love and worship Him. In His name. Amen.
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Bible Reading: Matthew 8:18-20
In our Bible Reading, Jesus calls Himself “the Son of Man.” This is an interesting title for Jesus. This title describes the life and character of Jesus.
The phrase “son of man” is used many times in the Old Testament, especially in the book of Ezekiel. In these Old Testament verses, however, the phrase refers to a person but it does not refer to Jesus.
But in the New Testament, the phrase “Son of Man” is used eighty times by Jesus when He is talking about Himself. It was the first title that Jesus used. In verse 20b of our Bible Reading, Jesus said, “…the Son of Man has no place to rest.”
Calling Jesus “Son of God” shows us that He is holy. Calling Jesus “Son of Man” shows us His human nature. Jesus came to earth to live among people. He knows our weaknesses and failures. Jesus was tempted, but He never sinned.
Jesus, the “Son of Man” is the perfect example for us to follow. Follow and obey Him today. — HLN
“Jesus said, ‘Today is the day for this family to be saved from sin…The Son of Man came to find lost people and save them.’” Luke 19:10
PRAYER: Father, I want to follow Jesus’ humble example today. In His name. Amen.
Bible Reading: Matthew 16:13-20
Our Bible verses today tell us about the beginning of Jesus’ last year of ministry on earth. He took His disciples to a place called Caesarea Philippi and talked with them. Jesus asked His disciples in verse 13, “Who do people say I am?”
In answer to that question, Peter confessed his faith in Jesus. He said, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (verse 16b). Peter called Jesus “Messiah.” “Messiah” was the Hebrew name and “Christ” was the Greek name for the One God would send to save all people.
Peter’s confession showed that he truly believed that Jesus was God’s Son and his Savior. Today we need to confess that we believe Jesus is God’s Son. This is part of the process of obeying God and receiving His wonderful gift of salvation.
Notice that verse 20 says Jesus told His disciples not to tell anyone that He was the Messiah. That is not true for us today. Jesus wants us to tell other people about our faith in Him. — HLN
“Jesus answered, ‘You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah…My Father in heaven showed you who I am.’” Matthew 16:17
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for sending Jesus to be our personal Savior. In His name. Amen.
Bible Reading: 1 John 4:14-16
Many people ask, “Does it really matter that Jesus is God’s Son?” Some people think Jesus was Joseph’s son or another man’s son. But our Bible verses today tell us that knowing Jesus is God’s Son is very important.
Who cares if Jesus is God’s Son? I do! If Jesus is not God’s Son, then the Bible is not true (Luke 1:35). If Jesus is not God’s Son, then Jesus is a liar (Luke 22:70), and God is a liar, too (Mark 1:1). If Jesus is not God’s Son, then the evil spirits would not have obeyed Him (Mark 3:11,12). If Jesus is not God’s Son, then I cannot have life forever (John 3:16). THAT WOULD BE TERRIBLE!
I thank God that Jesus is His Son. Jesus is also my Savior. He is preparing a place in heaven for me. Someday Jesus will come back to take me to live with Him forever. If Jesus were just the son of some man, He couldn’t do those things. I hope you believe that Jesus is truly the Son of God! — DK
“They all said, ‘Then are you the Son of God?’ Jesus said to them, ‘You are right in saying that I am.’”
PRAYER: Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus, Your Son. I believe He is Your Son. I will trust Him to save me and give me eternal life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.