Scripture: "'for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.' Then he said to Jesus, 'Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.'”
Reflection: When Jesus was crucified, there were two other criminals crucified alongside Him. One of them "blasphemed" Him and the other criminals saw Jesus' perfection and recognized Him as "Lord." This criminal could see his own sinfulness and need of a Savior and called upon the only One who can save--Jesus Christ.
Application: Are you presenting the Gospel so that others might recognize their sinfulness and their need for a Savior? Paul said in Romans 7:7 that he "would not have known sin, except through the Law." Are you pointing to their need for righteous perfection and sharing with them the only One who was, who is and who ever will be perfect in every way?
The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Lk 23:41–42.
Scripture: The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.
Reflection: The latter portion of this verse says that "he who wins souls is wise." Jesus' focus was on evangelism and the heart of evangelism is winning souls. If Solomon in all of his wisdom explains that the act of soul-winning is a noble goal and is a wise thing to engage in, that would mean it is an activity we should be engaged in on a regular basis.
Application: If you are a Christian, are you making an attempt to share your faith? It is hard to go and do something you haven't purposed to get done. Have you ever considered scheduling in time for evangelism? Why not do that today and plan on an event. Pray for opportunities and then follow the Biblical instruction and be "wise."
The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Pr 11:30.
"And pall who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. So when they saw Him, they were amazed;"
Reflection: Even as a young child, Jesus Christ had an impact on those around Him. They could se there was incredible wisdom and insight from Him. In the Scriptures, it says He was "listening to" His "teachers" and He was "asking them questions." What they heard "amazed" and "astonished" His hearers.
Application: Jesus Christ was the "God with us" and the amazing thing is we can know the God of the universe and ask Him for His wisdom. Read James 1 and see what it says about wisdom. Have you asked Him to do this for you?
The New King James Version. 1982 (Lk 2:47–48). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
"So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed."
Reflection: Having just understood the fact that Jesus was sought by "great multitutdes" in Luke 5:15., we come to see here that Jesus took the time to seek solitude and prayer. Even when word about Him was spreading and large numbers of people sought Him, He knew He had to seek time alone and to pray.
Application: If the Son of God needed solitude and prayer, what does that say about us? It appears that this was an active "withdrawing" on His part. If Jesus did it, so must we. If you have a busy day planned, could it have been any more busy than the schedule of Jesus Christ when large numbers of people were seeking Him out? Even then, He took the time to seek solitude and prayer.
The New King James Version. 1982 (Lk 5:16). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
"And men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon."
Reflection: To think that "men of all nations" who were "the kings of the earth" were hearing about the "wisdom of Solomon" and it had spread throughout the lands. Something interesting to note is that being around wise people is helpful. You want to surround yourself with wise counsel and receive wise instruction. These people had received information about such a wise king as Solomon and they wanted to be around Him.
Application: To think that we have the words of Solomon in the Bible and we can read it each day. What a blessing! Then, on top of that, we also know that "One wiser than Solomon" is Jesus Christ and we can read what He said and did in the Bible. Have you read the Bible today? Are you reading it each day to grow and understand? Seek His counsel.
The New King James Version. 1982 (1 Ki 4:34). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
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