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Letter Thirty

Imagine you were one of the women followers of Jesus during his three-year ministry on earth. What would it be like as you heard his teachings, walked by his side, and watched his ministry?

Dear sister,

I began my journey of faith by visiting John the Baptist in the desert. Do you remember my letters about him? Today he sent a few of his disciples to Jesus asking if he is the Messiah or if we should still expect someone else yet to come. I am a bit surprised that John the Baptist still is confused about Jesus’ identity. Jesus told them that he has healed the lame and the deaf, given sight to the blind, cured many diseases, delivered people of evil spirits, raised the dead, and preached the good news to the poor. John’s disciples went back to tell him that the Messiah has already come!

I hope in their visit with all of us that they heard of the testimony of the most recent miracle we all witnessed. When we visited the town of Nain, some townspeople were carrying out a young man who had died. The mother of the man was a widow and he was her only son. With deep compassion, Jesus spoke to her telling her not to cry. Then he reached out and touched the coffin and the man rose from the dead! He immediately sat up and began to talk. All who witnessed it were filled with awe and began to praise God. I never cease to be amazed by the miracles of Jesus. It seems that the news of Jesus is spreading quickly throughout Judea.

Jesus has very good things to say about John the Baptist. He reminded the people that John is the prophet spoken about from long ago who was to prepare the people for the coming of the Messiah. Then he rebuked those Pharisees who were listening for accusing John the Baptist of having a demon. He mentioned how they rejected John who drank no wine, nor did he eat bread. And then they rejected Jesus calling him a glutton, a drunkard, and a friend of sinners. Sister, it saddens me so much how many are rejecting Jesus even though he does so many miracles, healings, and acts of kindness. His teaching is full of wisdom and encourages us to love and peace. Well, despite what false accusations others make of Jesus, I will not turn away from our Lord. Sister, if you hear any rumors of things casting a bad light on Jesus’ name, do not believe them. He is our Messiah who has come to set the captives free. Follow Him with all your heart!

Following Jesus,

your Big Sister

Today’s Bible Reading: Luke 7:11-35; Matthew 11:2-19

Today’s Application:

Have you heard people say some negative things about Jesus or Christianity? Don’t base your faith in God on what others are saying or what circumstances you or others are going through. Rather, read the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the book of Acts) yourself and see who Jesus is. Read what He teaches us. Observe his life on earth to see the testimony of his pure, humble, loving, and majestic character. He proves Himself to be the Messiah, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords!

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