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Revive Us, Lord!

I will pour water on him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground (Isaiah 44:3).

Dry Land

Oh, for showers on the thirsty land!
Oh, for a mighty revival!
Oh, for a sanctified fearless band,
Ready to hail its arrival. — Selected

Can we expect a revival ere the Lord’s return? Is the world so war-minded that we need not pray for revival until conditions are better?

Charles G. Finney said, “Would you have an awakening in your community, your church, your own lives? Then become the fuel, and a revival fire will be the result.”

The cost is high. “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and dieRiver, it abideth alone, but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” Death to sin and self is the only roadway to power. Will we become God’s fuel in bringing this to pass? Let us give the answer to God in some quiet place today as we covenant to wait upon Him until He has flooded our own souls with Himself.

Lord, send a revival! Begin it today!

Revive us, Lord! Is zeal abating
While harvest fields are vast and white?
Revive us, Lord! The world is waiting;
Equip Thy Church to send the Light.

When naught whereon to lean remaineth,
When strongholds crumble to the dust,
When nothing’s sure but that God reigneth,
That, yes, that is the time to trust. —Author Unknown.

(from Streams in the Desert #2, April 3rd, Mrs. Charles E. Cowman)

Scripture Readings:

As part of “A New Christmas Tradition”, I am posting my thoughts on the Book of Luke as we read through one chapter per day in this month of December. I welcome you to read along, and share your thoughts in the comments.

Luke Chapter 24:

Verses 1-11: On Sunday morning, very early, the women returned to the tomb with the spices, prepared to anoint Jesus’ body for burial. They found the stone rolled away, but the body of Jesus was gone.  Two angels told them that He had risen, as He had told them He would.  They returned and told the disciples what they had seen, but the disciples didn’t believe them.

Verses 12: Peter (and John, Jn. 20:2-8), ran to the tomb and saw the linen clothes laid by themselves.

Verses 13-35: Jesus met with two on the road to Emmaus. They didn’t recognize Him at first, but as He spoke to them about the scriptures, and opened their understanding about their meaning, and when He sat to eat with them, breaking the bread and blessing it, they suddenly realized who He was. He immediately vanished, and they rose and went to find the eleven to tell them that Jesus was truly risen.

Verses 36-45:  Suddenly Jesus appeared in their midst. He reminded them that He had told them what was to happen to Him in fulfillment of the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms, and He opened their understanding of the scriptures.

Verses 46-49: He gave them a commission to preach the gospel message of salvation, and share what they personally had experienced and knew to be true. But He told them to wait in Jerusalem first, to receive the power of God.

Verses 50-53: He then led them to Bethany where He blessed them and was lifted up into heaven. They returned to Jerusalem with great joy, were continually in the temple, praising God.

Links to previous posts:

Resurrection

What God Did For Me

 

As part of “A New Christmas Tradition”, I am posting my thoughts on the Book of Luke as we read through one chapter per day in this month of December. I welcome you to read along, and share your thoughts in the comments.

Luke Chapter 23:

Verses 1-7: Pilate, in spite of all the accusations against Jesus, could find no fault in Him. Yet, rather than release Him, he sent Jesus to Herod.

Verses 8-12: Herod was glad to receive Jesus, because he hoped to see a miracle done by Him. Jesus was silent to all of Herod’s questioning. Rather than doing what was right according to the truth of the matter, Herod allowed Jesus to be mocked by his soldiers, and then returned Him to Pilate. Although Herod and Pilate had been enemies before, this same day they became friends.

Verses 13-25: Pilate called the Jewish religious leaders together and told them that both he and Herod had found no fault in Jesus. The custom at the time of the feast was to release some prisoner to the Jews. Pilate recommended releasing either Jesus or Barabbas. Barabbas was a known murderer, and Pilate likely expected that the Jews, given that choice, would not want Barabbas released and would therefore agree to have Jesus released. But he was wrong. The religious leaders were determined to have Jesus crucified, no matter what the cost. And Pilate, unwilling to stand against them for what was right, released Barabbas and delivered Jesus to their will to be crucified.

Verses 34: Jesus, while on the cross, prayed for those who were crucifying Him.

Verses 32-33, 39-43: Two others were crucified with Jesus. At one point, according to the accounts of Mathew and Mark (Mt 27:44, Mk 15:32), both of these criminals mocked Jesus, along with many of the crowd of onlookers. However, Luke records here that one of the two at some point recognized Jesus for who He was, confessed himself to be guilty and worthy of death, and acknowledged Jesus as Lord. He displayed a perfect example of a repentant sinner coming to Jesus for salvation. In the midst of His suffering, Jesus heard the prayer of this man and saved his soul.

Verses 45: As Jesus died, the veil of the temple was torn in half, from top to bottom (Mt. 27:51, Mk. 15:38).  The way into the Holy of Holies was made open to us (Hebrews 9:2-14, 10:12-14, 19-22).

Verses 46-47: The centurion, after seeing all that was done, “glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.”

Verses 50-53:  Joseph of Arimathaea, a secret disciple of Jesus, came openly to Pilate asking for the body of Jesus.  Nicodemus, who had previously come secretly to Jesus by night, came with Joseph to prepare Jesus’ body for burial and to lay Him in Joseph’s own new tomb.

Verses 54-56: Some of the women followed them to see where they would lay Him, and because the sabbath was near to beginning, they went home, prepared the spices and ointments to be used for Jesus body, and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

Links to previous posts:

The Penitent Thief

Jesus: The Lamb Slain and Our High Priest

Ye Must Be Born Again