Category Archive : Daily Devotional

Daily Devotional Overview:

Have you ever heard Scripture’s truths but wondered where to find those truths in the Scriptures? Or have you ever wondered where to find evidence for belief in God in the Bible? You’re not alone. This 7-day devotional explores Jesus’ claims, his deity, and offers thoughts demonstrating that he is the Messiah by Lee Strobel, a former atheist. Devotional thoughts are drawn from Lee’s own experiences and feature a journalistic style from his days as an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune. This plan is perfect for those engaged in a thorough search for the truth to decide if Jesus was who he claimed to be.

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Why Did Jesus Need to Die?

The paradox found in the Gospels gets as quizzical as it possibly can in Matthew 17:22 – 23. God was going to save the world through the death of his Son. God, in his divine nature, doesn’t die. So how was God going to get this done? How was God going to be the Savior of the human race? He had to come to Earth as a human being to accomplish that task. And Jesus was the one to do it.

Jesus said in Matthew 20:28 that he “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” This is either the highest form of megalomania or it’s an example of somebody who really believes, as he said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). It was as if Jesus was saying, “I have the authority to speak for the Father; I have the power to act for the Father; if you reject me, you’ve rejected the Father.”

Even if you eliminated the Gospel of John and just read the Synoptic Gospels, this would still be the conclusion you would come to. And it is the conclusion that Jesus would have led us to if we had a Bible study and asked him this question. An astute Bible reader needs to ask, “Why is there no other first-century Jew who has millions of followers today? Why isn’t there a John the Baptist movement? Why, of all first century figures, including the Roman emperors, is Jesus still worshiped today, while the others have crumbled into the dust of history?” It’s because this Jesus — the historical Jesus — is also the living Lord. He’s still around, while the others are long gone.

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Daily Devotional Overview:

Have you ever heard Scripture’s truths but wondered where to find those truths in the Scriptures? Or have you ever wondered where to find evidence for belief in God in the Bible? You’re not alone. This 7-day devotional explores Jesus’ claims, his deity, and offers thoughts demonstrating that he is the Messiah by Lee Strobel, a former atheist. Devotional thoughts are drawn from Lee’s own experiences and feature a journalistic style from his days as an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune. This plan is perfect for those engaged in a thorough search for the truth to decide if Jesus was who he claimed to be.

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How Did Jesus’ Actions Support His Claims of Divinity?

Jesus’ words, although impressive, were sometimes ignored or dismissed; however, the miracles he performed were difficult to discount or dispute. Among Jesus’ many extraordinary powers was his authority over the natural world.

Matthew 14:22 – 33 records the miraculous event of Jesus walking on the windy surface of a stormy lake to reach his disciples. In addition, with Jesus’ urging, Peter was miraculously empowered to also walk on the water. When Jesus and Peter climbed into the boat, the wind immediately became still, which caused the disciples aboard the boat to exclaim, “Truly you are the Son of God.” A similar passage in Mark 4:39 reports that with the simple phrase, “Quiet! Be still!” Jesus quieted the furious squall. The disciples were stunned and terrified (see Mark 4:41). What kind of person, they wondered, possesses such power that even the forces of nature obey him? They knew the answer: only God himself.

Although words can be compelling, actions provide powerful evidence to reinforce one’s words. In Jesus’ case, he made bold claims, and as his disciples could attest, his actions reinforced his authority as the Son of God.

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Daily Devotional Overview:

Have you ever heard Scripture’s truths but wondered where to find those truths in the Scriptures? Or have you ever wondered where to find evidence for belief in God in the Bible? You’re not alone. This 7-day devotional explores Jesus’ claims, his deity, and offers thoughts demonstrating that he is the Messiah by Lee Strobel, a former atheist. Devotional thoughts are drawn from Lee’s own experiences and feature a journalistic style from his days as an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune. This plan is perfect for those engaged in a thorough search for the truth to decide if Jesus was who he claimed to be.

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How Does Jesus Fulfill the Messianic Prophecy of the Servant Healer?

Matthew 12:15 – 21 quotes the prophecy of Isaiah 42:1 – 4, which states that the Messiah would, by God’s Spirit, tend to the weak with humility. In what ways does Jesus fulfill this prophecy?

Both Matthew and Isaiah depict a servant leader who would have the power to heal, but who would choose not to exercise his power to gain public recognition. Jesus quietly yet steadily proclaimed the arrival of the kingdom of God. In Matthew 12:16 Jesus asked those whom he cured not to tell others who he was. This is evidence of his humility and desire not to draw attention to himself.

The Messiah came to minister to the weak, which the bruised reed and smoldering wick poignantly symbolize. A bruised reed is fit only to be thrown away and a smoldering wick is to be trimmed or discarded. These images represent people rejected by others yet embraced by the Messiah. The Gospels record many instances of Jesus reaching out to those in low social standing who were at the mercy of those with power and wealth (see Matthew 11:28 – 30; Luke 7:36 – 50; John 8:1 – 11).

Jesus’ ministry to the sick and the weak and his demonstration of humility despite his great power fulfilled the prophecy in Isaiah 42. Matthew recognized this fulfillment and recorded Christ’s deeds for us to appraise today.

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