Week 16, Day 1
April 18, 2022
Scripture: Matthew 8
Jesus has the authority to forgive sins, heal the sick, calm storms and cast out demons. He is doing this to proclaim the breaking in of the kingdom of God. The new age of the kingdom is upon us in the presence of Jesus. He has all authority on earth to forgive, to heal, to raise, to drive out.
Jesus invites disciples to come and follow him, and trust in his authority. Does Jesus lead your life?
There were some who were willing to follow, but they found themselves torn between earthly responsibilities and priorities.
Christ calls for our complete devotion. Will we follow him today and trust in his authority over our lives.
This is part of what it means to take up our cross, and follow him. We give our lives to God and trust in his authority.
What helps us in this is to know that he uses his authority for our good. He calms the storm, heals the sick, and drives out evil.
Lord, let your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Your will be done, in me, I will trust in you.
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.