Daily Archives: May 9, 2020

How are you Preparing the Way for Jesus? — HeadHeartHand Blog

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Well done, you’ve completed the first week of Meeting with Jesus.

This week we’ve been thinking about how God prepared the world for Jesus. Today, Sunday, Meeting with Jesus asks you a very personal question: How can you prepare the way for Jesus to come into your heart?

I want to tell you how God prepared my heart for Jesus.

1. God prepared me with truth

  • Truth from parents
  • Truth at church

2. God prepared me with sadness

  • Sad deaths
  • Sad events
  • Sad sins

3. God prepared me with Christians

  • I saw their joy
  • I saw their kindness

Ask God to prepare your heart for Jesus and give him truth to work with.


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A Baby from the Lord — HeadHeartHand Blog

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WEEK 1, DAY 6

Have you ever been ashamed? Maybe you fell at school and got your clothes all dirty and ripped. You didn’t want anyone to see you.

  • Shame makes us hide
  • Shame makes us lonely
  • Shame makes us sad

Elizabeth was ashamed. She was an old lady but had never had children. In her culture people believed that was a result of God’s curse. She was ashamed. Let’s see how God took away her shame in Luke 1:23-25.

1. The Lord gives new life (24)

  • Elizabeth believed the promise of life
  • Elizabeth experienced the growth of life

2. The Lord takes away old shame (25)

  • God took away her shame before himself
  • God took away her shame before people

Look to God to give you new life by taking away old shame.


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A Lack of Faith — HeadHeartHand Blog

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If your parents made a promise to you, do you think they would be unhappy if you did not believe their promise? Of course they would.

So what happens when we do not believe God’s promises.

  • We are unhappy
  • God is unhappy

Let’s see what happens  in Luke 1:18-22, when Zechariah does not believe God’s promise of a son in his old age.

1. God’s promises are big (18-19a)

  • God sends a big angel
  • God promises the impossible

2. God’s promises are good news (19b)

  • Good news for the family
  • Good news for the church

3. God’s promises are to be believed (20-22)

  • Zechariah doubted God’s Word
  • God silenced Zechariah’s words

This story tells us we must believe God’s promises, especially the big ones.


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A Preparer of People — HeadHeartHand Blog

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WEEK 1, DAY 4

Have you ever had the experience of not being prepared for an important visitor? Somebody important rings the doorbell, but we were not expecting them.

  • We can miss the visitor: We’re not there or paying attention.
  • We can be embarrassed: We look through window and are too ashamed to ask them in.
  • We can put off the visitor: We open the door but the visitor sees the mess and doesn’t want to come in.

God was about to send a very important visitor to the earth and wanted people to be ready. That’s why he sent John the Baptist. He was to prepare the world for Jesus as we read about in Luke 1:13-18.

1. God prepares with joy (13-14)

  • Joy for Elizabeth and Zechariah: They will have a son.
  • Joy for the people: The people will rejoice over the birth too.

2. God prepares with his Spirit (15)

  • John will be great before the Lord.
  • John will be filled with the Holy Spirit.

3. God prepares with revival (16-18)

  • John will turn many to the Lord.
  • John will turn parents to children.
  • John will turn the disobedient to wisdom.

John prepared the world for Jesus. Prepare your heart for Jesus by asking God for joy, His Spirit, and soul-revival.


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An Awesome Angel — HeadHeartHand Blog

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WEEK 1, DAY 3

Have you ever prayed for something for a long time and our prayers have not been answered? Sometimes, when we pray, we don’t think anything is happening and we don’t feel like anything is happening. What happens when that happens?

  • Our prayers stop: We go days or even weeks without praying
  • Our prayers are just routine: We say our prayers but we’re not really praying.

Zechariah and Elizabeth had prayed for a child for many years. They were very old. But they kept praying. What happened next? We read about it in Luke 1:8-12.

1. Prayer moves angels (8-10)

  • The church is praying
  • Zechariah is praying

2. Prayer moves us (11-12)

  • Zechariah sees the Angel
  • Zechariah is in awe of the Angel

When you pray, remember God is moving awesome angels and you will then be awe-full too.


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A Childless Couple — HeadHeartHand Blog

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WEEK 1, DAY 2

Do you ever think, “If I’m good enough, bad things won’t happen to me?”

Some people think that if they are good enough no bad things will happen in their life. So what happens when bad things happen?

  • When bad things happen, they blame themselves: “I thought I was good, but this means I must have committed a terrible sin.
  • When bad things happen they blame God: “I thought God would reward me for being good. God’s not fair.”

Today in Luke 1:5-7, we read about John the Baptist’s parents, Zechariah and Elizabeth. They were good people, but they were going through bad times.

1. They were good people (5-6)

  • They were from religious families
  • They were righteous before God
  • They were obedient to God

2. They were suffering people (7)

  • They were very old
  • They had no children
  • This was very hard in that culture

Next time bad things happen, remind yourself that it’s not that we are bad or that God is bad. As we’ll see God’s plan is good and wise, regardless of whether we are good or bad.


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A Careful Writer — HeadHeartHand Blog

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WEEK 1, DAY 1

When we start a new class at school, we hope that our new teacher will be a good teacher, someone who makes things easy and simple rather than hard and difficult.

  • A bad teacher mixes things up: I remember I had a young teacher who was very hard to understand. He would start in the middle of a story, then go to beginning, then to the end. It was all mixed up.
  • A bad teacher is hard to trust: He was also hard to trust because at times it was clear even to me that he didn’t know much about what he was talking about.

We are going to be reading through Luke. Luke is going to be our teacher. So let’s find out what kind of teacher Luke will be in Luke 1:1-4.

1. Luke read careful writers (1-2)

  • They saw Christ’s great acts
  • They wrote about Christ’s great acts

2. Luke wrote carefully (3)

  • He followed events closely
  • He wrote an orderly account

3. Luke can be read confidently (4)

  • Luke was confident
  • We can be confident.

Luke wrote in this way “That you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught” (4).

When you open the Gospel of Luke, you can have confidence that you’ll learn a lot because Luke was a careful writer.  


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How I met Jesus — HeadHeartHand Blog

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Let me tell you about how I met Jesus in the Bible. I was born into a Christian family. My parents took me to church and also taught me the Bible at home. However, I did not want to meet Jesus when I was young because I wanted to live my own life without him. Although I went to church, I did not listen very much to the sermons or to my Sunday school teachers. Also, sad to say, I did not read my Bible much.

It’s no surprise, then, that I did not meet Jesus. I didn’t really want to. I am not proud of that. Indeed, I am ashamed of it and often wish I could live my childhood and teen years all over again.

But Jesus did not give up on me. Even though I did not want to meet him, he wanted to meet me, and he did not give up on me. In my early twenties, my life was not going well. I was trying to live without Jesus and I was very unhappy. After some sad events in my life, I went home to my parents, and they talked to me about how I needed to meet Jesus. My mom gave me a book to help me study the Bible, and I started reading it carefully for the first time. My prayer as I opened my Bible was, “Lord, please show me Jesus.”

Jesus Lives in the Bible

Almost immediately I was amazed at how Jesus began to pop out of the pages of the Bible. The book that I had thought was so boring was now alive and exciting. I wasn’t reading a lifeless book; I was meeting a living person. Every day I learned more and more about this lovely person, Jesus Christ. As I did so, Jesus became more and more real, clear, and present to me. Soon, he was as real to me as my mom and dad!

As I read my Bible each day and met Jesus in its pages, I was sure I was hearing his voice speaking directly to me in the words I was reading. It then felt normal and natural to start speaking back to him in prayer and talking to him about my life.

Jesus Lives in Sermons

I started listening to my pastor’s sermons with new attention. Again, Jesus came alive in the sermons. I was not just listening to my pastor; I was listening to my Jesus, and I was loving him more and more—so much so that I couldn’t wait for next Sunday and started listening to recorded sermons from other preachers in my car on weekdays. I sometimes felt as if Jesus were in the passenger seat beside me chatting to me through the sermons.

Jesus Lives in Christians

I couldn’t keep all this to myself and started going to homes where I knew other Christians who loved Jesus would meet and talk about him. I listened with amazement as they spoke about Jesus as a living person in their own lives too. I had many questions, and these Christian friends patiently answered them week after week. And as they did so, it was as if Jesus were in the room with us, as one of our friends. We also memorized Scripture verses about Jesus and challenged one another to recite them. Those were such happy, happy times.

Jesus Lives Today

Now, thirty years later, Jesus is more real and precious to me than ever before, and that’s why I’m so excited for you to meet him early in life rather than wasting years like I did. I’ve therefore written this Bible reading plan to help you meet Jesus in Bible reading, in listening to sermons about the Bible, and in discussing the Bible with others.

As you work your way through this, pray, “Show me Jesus!” If you do, he will meet with you and come alive in your life in an unforgettable way.


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Meeting with Jesus in our Families — HeadHeartHand Blog

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It’s hard to do things on our own, isn’t it? It’s much easier to do something, and keep doing something, if we have others with us, or watching us.

For example, how much school-work would you do if you had no other students and no teacher in your class? Having a teacher and other students makes us work harder, doesn’t it?

It’s the same when it comes to Meeting with Jesus. If we just try to do it on our own, we will probably forget to do it, we’ll maybe just decide not to do it, and we won’t get the benefit of knowing what others have discovered, and we won’t have a teacher to remind us to keep going.

That’s why we don’t have a reading for Sunday. As we saw in the last podcast, we still meet with Jesus on Sunday, it’s just that we do it in church in the worship services. But we also want to meet with Jesus together with our family.  Let’s think about what role the family has.

Families can meet with Jesus through the week

I know it helps when there are two or more kids doing the book together in the same family. Each reminds the other, and each kid wants to keep up with the other. It’s also neat because we can help one another if we get stuck or share what we learned with one another.

So, that’s through the week. What about Sunday?

Families can meet with Jesus on Sunday

I suggest setting aside ten minutes on Sunday for Dad or Mom to sit down and just check your answers and that you’ve been doing the work.

There’s also a discussion question on the Sunday page that asks you to think and talk together about what you learned in the past week. Maybe your parent can also ask you if you have any questions or what you learned about Jesus that week.

The aim is to have fellowship together, to meet with Jesus together as we remind one another of what we’ve read, encourage one another with what we’ve read, and motivate one another to keep meeting with Jesus.

Do you see how we can meet Jesus together as a family?


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Meeting with Jesus in Church — HeadHeartHand Blog

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One thing you’ll notice about Meeting with Jesus is that it doesn’t have any reading for Sunday. There are passages to read Monday to Saturday but none for Sunday. Why is that?

Is it because I don’t want you to read your Bible on Sunday?

Of course not.

Partly it’s to give you a day to catch up if you missed a day through the week. And you will. From time to time you’ll forget to read the passage and fill out the question. That’s OK. Just use Sunday to catch up.

But it’s also because Sunday is the day when we go to church to worship God, listen to God’s Word read and preached, go to Sunday school, and meet with our friends. These are all great times to also meet with Jesus.

Jesus has promised to meet with us when we gather together in his name (Matthew 18:20). So, yes, we can meet with Jesus on our own reading the Bible and praying, but we can also meet with Jesus together. Jesus loves to meet with us when we gather to worship him.

So we want that to be the focus of Sunday. Before you go to church, ask Jesus to meet with you and others there. Pray for that when you sing the songs, when your pastor leads you in prayer, when you listen to God’s Word read and preached, and when you go to Sunday school.

If you open Meeting with Jesus, you’ll notice we’ve given a whole page to Sunday. Under the “Listening to Jesus” section you’ll see a place for you to fill out the sermon title, the sermon verse, and even take some sermon notes. And then there’s a final question. What did you learn about Jesus today in church?

You could take your Meeting with Jesus book with you to church and fill it out during the sermon. But it’s easy to lose a book at church, so it might be better to take notes on a piece of paper and then fill it out when you get home.

Why don’t you tell your pastor you’re working through Meeting with Jesus. He will be so encouraged. It always makes me so happy to hear of kids reading the Bible.

So Sunday is a day when you meet with Jesus with others and that makes it a very special day.


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MeetingJesus2Frustrated in your attempts to get your children into the holy habit of daily Bible reading?

Disappointed in kids’ resources that are way too ambitious and demanding?

Desperate for your children to meet Jesus in the Bible?

Trying to use the lockdown for spiritual profit?

Why don’t you have a look at my new book Meeting With Jesus: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids. This Bible reading plan for children ages 6–12 guides them through the life of Christ over the course of a year, teaching kids what Scripture says about Jesus. In less than five minutes a day, children will get to know the life and teachings of Jesus and his offer of abundant life to all who believe in him.

It’s similar in style to my previous book Exploring the Bible Together: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids. But whereas Exploring the Bible took kids through the main stories and teachings of the whole Bible, Meeting with Jesus focuses on the life of Christ.

Reformation Heritage Books have negotiated a special deal with Crossway for Meeting With Jesus: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids. Instead of $19.99, it’s $12.

And, as a bonus, I’ve started a short daily podcast on Meeting with Jesus that your kids can listen to after they have completed each day’s reading and question. The podcast series starts with a number of questions about who Jesus is and explains how to use Meeting with Jesus. Next week, I’ll start daily podcasts to go with each of the daily readings. Here are the first few (the latest episode is on top, so scroll down if you want to begin at the beginning). You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Spotify.

 

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Memorizing Scripture and Meeting with Jesus — HeadHeartHand Blog

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USA Memory Champion Nelson Dillis can memorize 240 names and faces in 15 minutes. He can memorize a deck of cards in 30 seconds and three decks in five minutes. He memorizes 100 lines of poetry a day.

That’s incredible isn’t it! God has given us amazing abilities to memorize. Imagine if we used that ability to memorize Scripture.

WHY MEMORIZE SCRIPTURE? 

It helps us beat sin and Satan: When we are tempted, we can recall Bible verses to help us be strong, as Jesus did when he was tempted by Satan.

It helps us draw near to God: Scripture is God speaking to us and therefore if we go over it in our minds we are hearing God’s voice, and that helps us talk with him.

It helps us speak God’s Word: If we have God’s Word in our hearts, we can speak it to others without opening a Bible. Perhaps you can encourage a Christian or witness to a non-Christian with the verses you’ve memorized.

These are three good reasons to memorize Scripture, aren’t they? But how do we do it?

HOW DO WE MEMORIZE SCRIPTURE?

Here are some tips to help you memorize the weekly Bible verse in Meeting with Jesus.

1. Write it out: Science tells us that writing something out helps our minds to remember it. There’s a space in the book for you to do this. But you could also write it out on an Index card so you can put it in your pocket and refresh your memory with God’s Word wherever you are.

2. Highlight it: Once you’ve written it out, you can maybe highlight different sections of the verse or different words in the verse with color highlights. Our minds remember color better than just black on white.

3. Add graphics: Maybe you can draw a small picture of some of the things mentioned in the verse. Our minds remember funny and weird things really well, so you don’t need to be a great artist to do this. In some ways, the worse the picture, the better you will remember it!

4. Speak it out: Don’t just go over the verse silently in your head. Speak it out as you do so. You are then hearing the verse as well as reading it and that helps your memory. As you read it out, emphasize some words, or put the words in a rhythm. That also aids memory.

5. Short and often: It’s better to do a little at a time, maybe three words a day. If you can go back over the words a few times in the day, your memory will really thank you for that. Once you have cemented three words in your mind, then add another three. You’ll get better and faster at this with practice.

6. Test: Ask your mom or dad to test you at the end of the week of learning a verse. That will make you want to learn it. And maybe they can give you a reward as well!

We may never be a memory champion like Nelson Dillis. But if we memorize Scripture, we’re memorizing something far more important and far more helpful than decks of cards and telephone numbers.


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What’s the Role of Questions in Meeting with Jesus? — HeadHeartHand Blog

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I’m sure some of you are really missing school during this lockdown. I must be honest, if I was your age and the government closed my school, I’d be so happy. I’m afraid I didn’t like school at all. I wasn’t a very good student at school. I found some subjects really boring. I’d tune out and my mind would wander. I’d leave the class knowing nothing.

But one teacher figured out how to teach me. She kept asking me questions. Of course, at first I had no idea what the answer was. I’d been miles away in my mind. It was pretty embarrassing. Everyone would laugh. Eventually I realized that I’d better listen if I wanted to answer the questions and not be embarrassed. I actually started learning, and, even more surprisingly, I enjoyed it!

Some times we read the Bible but don’t meet with Jesus. We get sleepy. We stop thinking. We don’t learn how to learn more.

What’s the solution? Good questions are the solution and help us meet with Jesus. That’s why I included a daily question in my book Meeting with Jesus. Let’s look at how important questions are for meeting with Jesus.

QUESTIONS KEEP US AWAKE IN THE BIBLE

They make sure we concentrate on what we’re reading so that we can answer the question.

They make us write out the Bible in our answers

Do questions just keep us awake? No, they can do even more.

QUESTIONS MAKE US THINK ABOUT THE BIBLE

We have to look for answers in the passage and think about what we read.

We have to ask Jesus for help sometimes, which helps us meet with him.

What about the future, after I finish the Meeting with Jesus book?

QUESTIONS TRAIN US TO STUDY THE BIBLE

You will learn a lot about the Bible using Meeting with Jesus.

But you will also learn how to learn. In learning the kind of questions to ask, you will learn how to study the Bible.

Do you see how important questions are?

  • When we’re falling asleep, they wake us up.
  • When we’re dreaming about something else, they make us think about the Bible.
  • When we’re answering questions about the Bible, we’re learning how to ask questions about the Bible.

Ask God to help you use questions to make meetings with Jesus more lively, more interesting, and more beneficial.


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What role does prayer have in meeting Jesus? — HeadHeartHand Blog

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Imagine a meeting that was just one-sided in conversation. That’s not really a meeting is it? If we met a friend and we never said anything back to them, we just listened and then walked away, do you think your friend would be very happy? Do you think your friend would want to be your friend? No, of course not. A meeting is two people getting together to talk and listen to one another.

So why would people try to meet with Jesus without prayer? While the Bible is the way God talks to us, prayer is the way we talk to Jesus. Meeting with Jesus involves both Bible reading and prayer.

If we don’t pray, Jesus doesn’t hear our voice and we won’t hear Jesus’s voice in the Bible. So, let me encourage you to pray as part of meeting with Jesus.

PRAYER IS A MEETING WITH JESUS

  • We thank him for the meeting
  • We tell him how much we love/need him

PRAYER HELPS US MEET WITH JESUS

  • He speaks to us in the Bible
  • He helps us through the Bible

PRAYER MAKES THE MEETING LAST

  • We are changed by the meeting
  • We help others meet with Jesus.

Why not pray something really simple like, “Lord Jesus I want to meet with you and talk with you. I want to tell you about my life and share some of my problems and needs. But I also want to tell you how much I love you and want to hear your voice in the Bible.”

Make prayer part of meeting with Jesus because prayer is a meeting with Jesus, it helps us meet with Jesus, and it makes the meeting last.


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There are lots of people we could meet in the world. So, why meet with Jesus?

Usually when we want to meet with someone it’s for one of three reasons:

  • What can they do for you?
  • What can they be for you?
  • What can they give to you?

So let’s think about what Jesus can do for you, be for you and give to you. Hopefully that will make you want to meet Jesus more than anyone else.

MEET WITH JESUS BECAUSE HE’S THE ONLY SAVIOR

  • No one else can save you from sin
  • He alone can save you from sin

MEET WITH JESUS BECAUSE HE IS THE BEST FRIEND

  • He’s always there and never leaves
  • He always loves and never stops loving

MEET WITH JESUS BECAUSE HE’S THE BEST MASTER

  • He gives reliable guidance with his Word
  • He gives wonderful service opportunities to help people with their greatest needs.

What can he do for you? He can save you.

What can he be for you? He can be your best friend.

What can he give to you? He can give you a reason to live and a rule to live by.

Motivate yourself to meet with Jesus because of his salvation, friendship, and service.


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What do you do when you want to spend time with friends? You make a plan don’t you? Or you ask your parents to make a plan. You arrange a time and place to play together. “Meet at the park at 4pm.” Unless you make a plan it’s not going to happen.

It’s the same with meeting Jesus. You need to have a plan. Many people want to meet Jesus but don’t have a plan. They want to meet but never actually meet because they don’t have a plan. They say “Yes, of course I want to meet with Jesus,” and “I hope to meet with Jesus,” but they have no plan. They don’t set a time, a date, and a place. They keep putting that off later and later in life.

So, you need a plan to meet with Jesus, and that plan means setting a regular time and place to meet with Jesus. For example, if you say to your friend, “Let’s meet every day at 6pm,” then that will become a habit and you’ll never forget it.” However, if you say, “Let’s remember to meet up often,” but never set a time and place, it’s not going to be a habit, and it will happen only when you both remember, and that may not be very often. So let me suggest a two-part plan.

Plan to meet with Jesus early in life

  • You are never too young to meet with Jesus: If you’re six, don’t say, I’ll wait until I’m seven, or eight, or ten, or twenty. Meet with Jesus early in life.
  • You’re never too old to meet with Jesus: If you’re listening to this and you’re a parent or grandparent, remember, you’re never too old to meet with Jesus. You may have put it off for years but maybe this kids book, Meeting with Jesus, can help you meet him before it’s too late.

Plan to meet with Jesus every day

  • Same time each day: What helps me to remember is to plan to meet with Jesus around my eating. It’s something I do the at the same time every day, and so it’s easier to remember. I do my own private Bible reading in the morning just after my breakfast, and our family meet with Jesus to sing and read His Word and chat with him via prayer just after evening supper.
  • Same place each day: Find a quiet place in your house, maybe your bedroom, and meet with Jesus there every day. Keep your Bible, your Meeting with Jesus book, and your pencil or pen there and then you don’t need to look for it every day.

Meet with Jesus early in life and every day. Make a plan if you want to meet with Jesus.


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What did Jesus do? — HeadHeartHand Blog

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Yesterday we answered the question “Who is Jesus?”  Today we want to answer a second question: “What did Jesus do?”

Why is that important to ask? Well until you know what someone does, you won’t know what he or she can do for you.

For example, if you want to know how to do math, you don’t just walk down the street and ask the first person you meet. You ask someone who teaches math.

Or if you want to know how to swim, you ask someone who can swim themselves.

So we ask, “What did Jesus do?” and “What does Jesus do?” so that we can know what he can do for us.

I could give you a really long answer to this question, because Jesus did lots and lots and lots of things. But I want to keep this short and simple, so I’ll cut it down to the shortest answer possible. I’ll tell you what he did and then tell you what he still does! First of all, what did Jesus do?

Jesus lived and saved: Jesus lived about 2000 years ago. The Son of God became the Son of Man, lived on this earth and died on the cross to save sinners like us from our sins.

Jesus lives and saves: But this isn’t just past tense. Jesus still lives and Jesus still saves. He is as alive today as he was 2000 years ago and also just as able to save. He lives in heaven but can also come and live in our hearts too to save us from our sins.

We are dying and cannot save ourselves, but Jesus lives and can save us.

Why don’t you pray for the Lord Jesus to live in your heart and save you so you can live forever.

Know what Jesus did and does, so that you’ll know to ask him to save you and give you eternal life.


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Who is Jesus? — HeadHeartHand Blog

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Many people don’t know who Jesus is or what Jesus did.

Is that such a big deal?

It’s a really big deal, because if we don’t know who Jesus is or what Jesus did, then we won’t know what he can be and do for us.

Imagine your Xbox or iPad freezes. No matter how hard you try, you can’t get it to work again. You decide you’ll have to just put it in the trash. As you walk sadly to the trash can outside, you see your next-door neighbor leaving in his car. You wave, he drives away, and you throw the gadget in the trash.

Did you know that your neighbor was a world expert at fixing broken gadgets? You didn’t, did you? If you had, you would have taken your problem to him and he would have fixed it right away.

It’s the same with Jesus. He can help people fix their greatest problem – their sin and their broken relationship with God. But most people don’t realize he can do that or how good he is at it. They certainly don’t realize that he repairs us and our relationship to God free of charge!

That’s why I say not knowing who Jesus is or what Jesus did is a really big deal. If we don’t know who Jesus is or what Jesus did, then we won’t know what he can be and do for us.

So, who is he? Let’s keep it simple and start with two simple truths about who Jesus is. Then tomorrow we’ll look at what Jesus does. So, who is Jesus? Here’s the short answer. Jesus is God and man. Here’s a bit of a longer answer.

Jesus is really and fully God: He’s as much God as our Heavenly Father is. As the Son of God, he’s always been God, is God, and always will be God.

Jesus is really and fully human: He’s as human as you and I are. He was not always human, but became human when he came to Bethlehem as a baby boy 2000 years ago. And he’s still really and fully human today in heaven. And he will be forever.

Why is it important to know who Jesus is?

If we know he’s God, we’ll know he can fix our biggest problems. His power can help us.

If we know he’s human, we’ll know that he understands our lives and sympathizes with us when we’re sad or anxious. His sympathy comforts us.

Knowing Jesus is God is empowering. Knowing Jesus is man is encouraging. 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I want to meet with you as both God and man. You are God and so I can bring my biggest problems to you to fix. You are human and so I can bring my biggest pains to you for sympathy and support. Amen.


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Meeting with Jesus — HeadHeartHand Blog

Introduce kids to the Savior of sinners. This is the first in a series of audio podcasts for kids who want to meet with Jesus by using Meeting with Jesus: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids

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How many people have you met in your life? Try to count them. Start with your parents, then your brothers and sisters, your neighbors, your friends. Add up those you know from school, church, vacations, and so on. What number are you up to? Are you over a hun­dred yet?

You will meet even more people as you get older, go to different schools, play differ­ent sports, move to different houses, and do different jobs. You are going to meet so many people that eventually you will not be able to count them all or remember them all!

There are probably other people you would love to meet but they probably don’t want to meet you. Maybe it’s an athlete you admire, or a singer, or a politician. You think about them and hope one day to meet them, but they don’t know you and therefore don’t want to meet you.

But there is one person you must meet more than anyone else. And this person wants to meet with you too. And if you meet him, you will never forget him. His name is Jesus, and I want you to meet him because he is the most awesome person you can ever meet.

I really, really want you to meet with Jesus. That’s why I wrote a book for kids called Meeting with Jesus. It’s going to be published at the end of April 2020, but I thought I’d tell you a bit about it first and hopefully you’ll join me in meeting with Jesus.

But how do we meet with Jesus? Where do we meet with Jesus? We meet with Jesus by reading the Bible.

“But the Bible’s a tough book,” you might say, “It’s hard to read and understand.”

That’s why I wrote this book, called Meeting with Jesus, to help you read the Bible, understand it, and so meet with Jesus. Wouldn’t that be a great way to use the lockdown we’re all living through? We may not be able to meet with our friends, but quarantine can’t stop us meeting with Jesus.

So, here’s what I’m suggesting. Ask your Mom or Dad to get you the book, Meeting with Jesus. Over a number of weeks, it will take you through the whole life of Jesus – his birth, teaching, miracles, death, and resurrection – with short daily readings of just a few verses of the Bible a day. There’s also a brief question to answer each day. And maybe each day after breakfast, lunch, or supper, you can play the podcast together and hopefully not just you but the whole family can meet with Jesus.

So, what will we do until the book comes out at the end of April? Well, over the next couple of weeks on the Living the Bible podcast, I’ll be introducing you to Jesus and how to meet with him. I’ll answer questions such as “Who is Jesus?” “Why do we need to meet with Jesus?” “How do I know if I met with Jesus?” and so on. Then we’ll be ready to start the book at the end of April/beginning of May. Sound good?

One other thing, what age do you have to be? Well, you need to be able to write a little each day, so probably six or seven is a good starting age. But it’s good for kids up to, say, age twelve as well. If you’re younger than that, you probably can’t use the book, but you can still meet with Jesus through listening to this podcast.

And if you’re much older than 12, maybe in your twenties or thirties, or even sixties or seventies, remember you’re never too old to meet with Jesus and I hope this daily podcast will help you to do just that.

I look forward to meeting Jesus with you in Meeting with Jesus.


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May 9 Life-Changing Moments With God

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Lord God, if in this life only I have hope in Christ, I am of all men the most pitiable.

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which You have prepared for those like me who love You. But You have revealed them to us through Your Spirit. After I believed, I was sealed with Your Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of my inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession.

Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed.” I am blessed, for I have not seen and yet I have believed. I have not seen Jesus yet I love Him. Though now I do not see Him, yet believing, I rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of my faith—the salvation of my soul.

I walk by faith, not by sight. I will not cast away my confidence, which has great reward.

What a privilege to be called to know Jesus, believe in Him, and hope in Him!

Hebrews 11:1; 1 Corinthians 15:19; 1 Corinthians 2:9–10; Ephesians 1:13–14; John 20:29; 1 Peter 1:8–9; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 10:35[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 144). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.