Monday: The time has come…. to prepare the way vv 1-8
‘A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’’ v3
John knew what he was called to do; to prepare the way for the one who was coming after him – Jesus. We don’t need to do that, Jesus has already come and prepared the way for us to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. However, we do have a calling. God has a calling for each of us which we need to hear and respond to. Do you know what yours is? Spend some time today asking God to show you what it is that he has for you to do and equip you for that task.
Tuesday: The time has come…. to repent and believe vv9-15
‘“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”’ v15
Repentance is often one of those things we decide to leave for another day because, actually, sinning is just too much fun. We need to hold on to the fact that the news we need to believe is Good News. The time has come to turn our back on those things which satisfy us for a short time and turn back to the wonderful, eternal life God has prepared for us. Ask God if there’s anything you need to turn away from and to give you the strength to do it.
Wednesday: The time has come…. to be amazed vv18-28
‘The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.”…. “The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.”’ vv22, 27
The people were amazed because Jesus taught with an authority that wasn’t given to him by man. In Matthew 28:18, Jesus says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” When you are feeling as though Satan is winning in a situation in your life, remember that Jesus has the authority to turn darkness to light. Be amazed at what Jesus can do in, and through, your life.
Thursday: The time has come…. for healing vv29-34
‘That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases.’ vv32-34a
Notice that the people who were healed were healed because someone brought them to Jesus. In our last series, on prayer, we talked about bringing before Jesus those who needed healing physically, emotionally and spiritually and seeing God work in their lives. Now that we’ve finished the series, let’s not forget that we can still bring people to Jesus and see his healing power at work – try and do that today.
Friday: The time has come…. to be made clean vv40-45
‘A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”’ vv41-42
We often think that we deserve the pain and suffering in our lives because of our sinful past and so are loathed to ask Jesus to heal us and make us clean. We need to understand that Jesus is always willing – so willing that he willingly laid down his life for us (John 10:18). Don’t allow your fear of asking to prevent you from receiving the complete restoration God has for you.