Weekday Devotionals

Written by Pastor Aaron Green

Verse: "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this." Isaiah 9:6-7

Thoughts: I love the myriad of paradoxes that are seen in the Scripture. "God uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise." "The least will be greatest in the Kingdom of God." On and on it could go. The Gospel, the good news about this paradox of the Kingdom of God is an example of this. This news of God comes crashing into a world of pagan Roman dominance; like a fiery asteroid being seen hurled across the sky and crashing in some far away place. The Romans had dominated and defeated most of the known world, who could stand in their way? A lowly baby in a poor neighborhood in some obscure part of the empire grows up, and influences twelve blue-collar individuals with a message of faith, hope, and love. The world has never been the same since. The dominant Roman Empire had squashed armies, razed kingdoms, and cut down the previously influential. They had presented the world with a benefits package of healthcare, education, athletics, and entertainment, but twelve guys and a Jewish rabbi proclaim a kingdom built on the pillars of faith, hope, and love, and 2,000 years later Rome is a place Christians go on vacation. In a week nearly 2 billion people will be lifting up the name of the resurrected savior, Jesus Christ our Lord. This has been the continual unfolding of extremely good news! Praise be to God! What an incredible story, but this story is not over. God is asking you and I to continue to bring this Gospel of faith, hope, and love to every person everywhere. It can start with a simple invitation to hear this great story on Easter.

Application/Challenge: What does this story, this Good News, mean to you? Can you share that with someone this week? Can you invite them to our Easter service?  




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