We’ve traveled the world in pursuit of Jesus, so completing our travels where Jesus physically walked seems appropriate. If we can understand who Jesus is and why He came, then just maybe we can understand more about who we are and what our purpose is.
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Meno Kalisher, Daniel Kalisher, and Debbi Nalbandian
Because Jesus loves us in a profound way, sharing that love with others is something we carry forward. It’s not always easy, especially in a culture that is hostile to the gospel message. Watch as Meno Kalisher, Daniel Kalisher, and Debby Nalbandian describe how God gives them the strength they need each day to share the message that has the power to change the world.
Can anything good come from brokenness?
Someone asked, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Jesus came from an unimportant town, and by all accounts He didn’t grow up in an ideal situation. The conditions surrounding his birth were certainly not kingly. But God used these circumstances for good, and He can do the same for you.
What was Jesus’ mission?
Magdala Synagogue dates back to the time when Jesus was teaching those who would listen and providing healing for those who were sick. Some of the religious leaders of the time believed that Jesus was who He said He was because of His actions, but they were afraid to admit it. We have to ask ourselves, “Who do we believe Jesus is, and what was His mission?”
What can we learn about spiritual failure?
One of Jesus’s best friends denied Him. That would appear to be the ultimate failure. And yet Jesus came back to Simon Peter and offered restoration and a second chance. That same offer is open to us today even when we mess up so badly it feels like there’s no hope.
Feed My Sheep
In a lecture in 1911, Oswald Chambers reflected on being a young shepherd in the highlands of Scotland: “When you have to carry across your shoulders a dirty old [goat] and bring it down the mountain-side, you will soon know whether shepherding is poetry or not.” He didn’t want to romanticize this form of labor as “poetry” but rather called it “the most taxing, the most exhausting, and the most exasperating work.” The hard work of shepherding people is what Jesus entrusted to Peter, for Peter would face criticism, misunderstanding, and other challenges in caring for His flock.
Chambers reflected, “To whom did He say, ‘Feed My lambs’? To Peter. Who was Peter? A very wayward sheep.” Even though Peter had denied knowing Jesus (SEE JOHN 18:15–27), Jesus met him on the beach and lovingly restored him in front of the other disciples (21:15–19). Peter’s bitter experience taught him how to be tender and watchful over the Lord’s sheep. Having received the Holy Spirit, he was ready for the toil and joys of being a shepherd to people.
Like Peter, we may have failed Jesus through denials, wrongdoing, selfishness, or pride. But He seeks us out and forgives us, just as He did Peter.
He restores us and gives us a new commission— helping us care for others. As we follow Jesus, we share our love for Him with those we meet.
How do you think Peter felt while eating the bread and fish Jesus prepared for him? How do you react when you’re extended love and forgiveness? </b?
Jesus, give us strength to keep trusting You in the hard times.