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Luke 2:8-20, 6:12, 9:10-17, 13:10-17

On Good Friday night, my family watched the movie, Jesus (1979).  We had watched it several times before, but this time I took notes.  This movie is based on the book of Luke and is careful to adhere to Scripture.  Still, I wanted to analyze how the movie helped enrich our understanding of what Jesus and others might have experienced.

In Luke 2:8-20, at the beginning of Jesus’ earthly life, shepherds reside in fields at night, guarding flocks from whatever lurked in the dark.  They would surely have been prepared for any predators.  What they didn’t expect was an angel.  The Bible lets us know that the shepherds were frightened.  The movie did well showing shepherds initially doing their job with one shepherd even playing a flute-like instrument.  But when the angel arrived, the flute playing stopped and you see one shepherd stop petting a lamb, get up, stagger, and stare.  It felt realistic.

In Luke 6:12, it’s mentioned that Jesus spent the whole night praying.  There was a convincing scene for that.  Imagine staying up the entire night praying!  That’s amazing!

In Luke 9:10-17, Jesus miraculously fed more than 5,000 people with a small amount of bread and fish.  Everyone ate until they were full.  The movie added cheering people when the food was being distributed, which I thought was a nice touch.  It could have happened-Who doesn’t want a free all you can eat buffet?

In Luke 13:10-17, A woman who must have had kyphosis, praised God after Jesus healed her.  In the movie, the elderly actress spoke heartfelt dialogue as she moved to frame Jesus’ face with her hands saying, “Praise to the Lord!  God keep you Rabbi.”  I got teary with her believable lines.

Jesus is a good movie.  It prepared our hearts for Easter Sunday.   The movie makes me think of a framed quote in my dentist’s office that says, “It was not the nails that held Jesus to the cross but rather his love for us.”

 

Matthew 4:18-20, 17:27

Have you gone fishing before?  When I was younger, my family and I went fishing with Grandpa Topping many times.  It felt good to catch a fish.

Jesus provided Peter, a professional fisherman, a fun way to pay taxes.  He asked Peter to get a coin from the mouth of the first fish he caught.  Imagine Peter’s excitement to catch that fish and find money inside!

This is not a fish story.  Jesus is powerful and can do whatever He wants.

 

Matthew 3:1-6

My family and I recently got back from a trip to Kentucky.  On our way back home, we stopped in Indiana at a Steak ‘n Shake.  We saw a plane in the distance with a banner.  Since we were on vacation, we had binoculars and I used them to see what the banner said.  I was so curious to know, but all it said was, “$1 soft drinks-M”.  I’ve never seen such an insignificant message in the sky.

Later, I looked up how much it is to get a plane to fly a banner.  On one website, it said that it’s $350 each hour and there’s $100 charge for setting up!

John the Baptist didn’t need a plane banner.  People came to him.  But if someone from the future offered him free plane banner advertising in the sky, I think he’d want it to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”  Now that’s a significant message!

 

Genesis 7:4

It’s cloudy today.  When I was a teen, I was working at a Mexican restaurant when a customer approached me saying, “Do you know how long it’s been since we’ve seen the sun?”  Expecting an order for softshells or something else, the question surprised me.  The weather had been cloudy for awhile, and obviously, this man had been keeping track of the overcast days.  He looked distressed and I don’t remember the number of days he had counted, but I’ll never forget his question.

Today, I was curious about cloudy places.  I found out Seattle, WA is a very cloudy city with about 226 cloudy days every year.  https://www.currentresults.com/Weather-Extremes/US/cloudiest-cities.php

When Noah was in the ark, there were forty days of raining and forty nights of raining, meaning of course that the sky would have been cloudy for a long time.  If Noah could have had a smart phone with a weather app, he could have seen many images of clouds with rain in the forecast.

My family plans on going to the Ark Encounter in Kentucky soon.  I’ll be glad if it’s a cloudy day when we get there so I can feel like I’ve been transported back to Noah’s time.

 

Matthew 5:43-48

In a recent church service, a friendly deacon was letting everyone know about upcoming events.  At one point he said, “Bring your friends.  Bring your enemies.”  That sounds funny, but Jesus asks us to pray for and love whoever persecutes us.

Many are no doubt planning to celebrate the 4th of July with friends and/or family.  If we don’t invite any enemies to the festivities, we can at least love them with a Christian love and pray for them.

I’m hearing fireworks right now.  Happy 4th of July!

Matthew 1:21, 13:55-56, Mark 6:3

During the Christmas season, Christians lovingly dwell on the Christmas story about Jesus, Mary and Joseph (usually mentioned after Mary for obvious reasons).  Last night, while thinking about Jesus on Earth as a baby, I picked up a book called, “The Ultimate Bible Fact and Quiz Book,” by Martin Manser.  It says, “In the Bible, names were highly significant and gave information about the person.  The name ‘Jesus’ was chosen by God (Matthew 1:21).  It means ‘the Lord saves’.”

When a child or children are expected to be born, a name or names for him/her/them should be carefully considered.  For Mary and Joseph’s firstborn child, Jesus, they didn’t have to wonder what to name Him since God decided that.  In fact, through concise heavenly messages, Mary and Joseph didn’t have to wonder about much.  They learned that she’d be pregnant, have a son (no waiting to discover gender), name Him Jesus, and know His great purpose to save people from sins!

In Matthew 13:55-56 and Mark 6:3 we read that Jesus had brothers and sisters.  Having a second child might have been a bit bewildering for Mary and Joseph. They would have to wait to find out if they had a boy or girl, wonder what to name the child, and wonder about the future (unless carpentry was a given for the boys).  Plus, they would be used to Jesus who was perfect and sinless.

Jesus was and is perfect in every way.  Jesus’ purpose then and now is to save people from sins; it’s what He was born to do!  So, if you haven’t already, give Jesus a chance to save you from your sins!