11/10/11 Nehemiah 5-6; Psalm 146; Luke 24
S: Luke 24:25-27 Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?”
Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
O: As we saw already several times in our Old Testament readings, Jesus the Messiah was predicted many times in the Old Testament. As the two disciples walked to Emmaus, they got a personal lesson in that.
A: Just as the Old Testament believers' trust in the scriptural predictions of Jesus the Messiah was reliable, we can trust that the New Testament promises for the eventual victory of the Kingdom of God are reliable.
Have you ever read a suspenseful novel more than once, or seen a suspenseful movie a second time? The second time through, even though we may be caught up in the suspense of the moment, we know how it turns out in the end.
So, let us not lose heart, even when sometimes it seems like evil is winning in this world. We've read the end of the book! God wins! So let us be on the Lord's side and stay true to Him until the end.
P: Father, when we feel discouraged, remind us what's at the end of the book! In Jesus' name, amen.
Note: this is using the SOAP method. For more information, see this page (not written by me.)