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09/12/2009

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Footprints 2


"He went to Nazareth, where He had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day He went to the synagogue, as was His custom" (Lk. 4:16).

Instead of the Saturday morning quiz, I will complete yesterday's thoughts on Jesus' very large footprints. Being a Jew, Jesus attended the services in the synagogues. This time it was in His hometown of Nazareth. Notice the term, "as was His custom." It was His custom to attend to the public worship services. Though Christianity had yet to be established, Jesus knew that attendance was part of what He was to practice....It ought to be our custom and practice also...Just two chapters ahead, we get a glimpse at another footprint that Jesus left. "One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God" (6:12). We have many New Testament references to Jesus' prayer life. He prayed often, thus leaving a footprint for us to follow.

As Jesus was hanging on the cross, another footprint was left for us. Rather than bemoaning His plight and complaining of the injustice, Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing" (Lk. 23:34). He did not just talk forgiveness, but rather lived it, leaving us another wonderful example to follow. Another wonderful footprint that He left for us is exemplified in His daily living. "Although He was a son, He learned obedience from what He suffered and, once made perfect He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him" (Heb. 5:8 & 9). Jesus was obedient from the beginning to the end, especially in those things that pertained to our salvation. It is no wonder that this same obedience is required of us. It is simply following in His footsteps...

Finally, Jesus taught peace....From the very beginning when He was born, this peace is spoken of. "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests" (Lk.2:14). Jesus was born into a period of time referred to in history as "Pax Romana" (Roman Peace) It marked a time in which there was a relative "peace" in the world. The angel proclaimed here a deeper, meaningful, tranquil and more lasting peace. It was a peace of the mind and soul that would be found only in our Savior. Jesus taught that peace as He lived His life, thus leaving us another footprint to follow. We are to spread peace...

I hope you've enjoyed following in some of the footprints that Jesus left for us...Have a wonderful weekend and an uplifting and glorifying worship experience on His day.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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