As we consider “Words of Jesus in Matthew” we begin by recalling the baptism of Jesus recorded in all four Gospels.
Sunday, January 8
Matthew 3:15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so for now, it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness then John consented.
Prayer: Jesus, we are grateful for your examples of doing the right and good things.
Thought for the day: Doing the right thing never goes out of style.
Monday, January 9
Matthew 28:18-19 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we lead others to become disciples after your own example.
Thought for the day: The authority of eternity never goes into retirement.
Tuesday, January 10
Matthew 5:17 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
Prayer: Lord, help us to see the opportunities for service that rise before us.
Thought for the day: Brick walls rise in courses of bricks carefully laid one by one.
Wednesday, January 11
I Samuel 15:22 But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
Prayer: Lord God, at the end of this day may we be counted faithful.
Thought for the day: The simple beauty of obedience outshines the ornate design of rebellion.
Thursday, January 12
2 Kings 5:13-14 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, “Wash and be cleansed! So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.’
Prayer: God, our Heavenly Father, thank you for all the times you have fulfilled your promises to us.
Thought for the day: Front doors are unlocked and opened to allow an entrance to guests.
Friday, January 13
Romans 6:4-5 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we who have been immersed in your baptismal waters remain ever immersed in your Spirit.
Thought for the day: The swimmer coming up for air is grateful for its availability.
Saturday, January 14
Hebrews 5: 8-9 Although he was son he learned obedience from what he suffered, and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.
Prayer: Jesus, grant us the strength of spirit to obey you as you obeyed the Father.
Thought for the day: Parents rejoice at hearing children report that they did as they were asked to do.
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