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Recently, I have been meditating on the life and ministry of Jesus from the Gospel according to Luke.  Two things struck me this past week from diving into the text.

1.  Jesus prayed a lot – He prayed all throughout his public ministry.  He is seen praying when he was baptized by John in Lk. 3:21-22.  Then he prayed and fasted for 40 days in the wilderness before he began to proclaim the kingdom of God.  And throughout his ministry it says that “he went off to the mountain to pray.”  One place talks about him teaching at the temple in the day and then at night going off to pray (Lk. 21:37).  And when I read that, I thought to myself, “When did this guy sleep?”  But it reminded me of the high priority that Jesus placed on prayer especially as he ministered to others.  And it just struck me that if the God-man put so much time in prayer alongside ministry, how much should we also do the same in our ministries and churches.

2.  Jesus’ faithfulness to Israel – In Lk. 4:18-19, the “missions statement” of Jesus’ ministry is given: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor…to proclaim freedom for the prisoners…recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  This promise is from Isa. 61:1-3, where the Servant of the Lord is seen going to Israel who is poor, blind, and oppressed because the God of Israel is being faithful to his covenant to Abraham: to give to him and his descendents the promised land.  And through the rest of the gospel account, we see Jesus preaching to the poor, healing the blind (and sick) and proclaiming the kingdom of God.  And this poor and blind are the people of Israel.  Jesus came to deliver Israel and save them because God does not forsake his people and does not forget them.

Thank you Lord that you are a faithful, covenant keeping God.

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