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Saint Study/ God's Divine Plans and Missions For Our Lives

Introduction:

This morning's study will delve into the profound impact of saints, exploring their significance as exemplary figures in various religious traditions. In contrast, we explore the biblical passages, specifically 3 John 1:1-15(NKJV), Luke 19:29-40(NKJV), and Luke 22:7-39(NKJV), to unravel deeper insights into the spiritual and historical context surrounding these verses.


In 3 John 1:1-15 (NKJV), the Apostle John addresses Gaius, commending his faithfulness and hospitality. The spiritual understanding emphasizes the importance of supporting those who spread the truth. John expresses joy at Gaius' commitment to the Gospel and condemns Diotrephes for his negative influence. A parallel can be drawn to Jesus' teachings on welcoming messengers in Matthew 10:40-42, reinforcing the biblical theme of supporting those advancing the Word.


Matthew 10:40-42 (NKJV) underscores the significance of receiving messengers and those carrying Christ's message. The verses emphasize that showing hospitality and support to these messengers is equivalent to welcoming Christ Himself. In the context of 3 John 1:1-15, this teaching parallels Gaius' welcoming attitude towards traveling missionaries, aligning with Jesus' principle of honoring those who bring the message of truth. Both passages highlight the interconnectedness of hospitality, faith, and the spread of the Gospel.


In Luke 19:29-40 (NKJV), Jesus instructs His disciples to fetch a colt for His entry into Jerusalem. The crowd joyfully welcomes Him, spreading their cloaks and waving palm branches, proclaiming, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!" (verse 38). Spiritually, this signifies the recognition of Jesus as the prophesied Messiah and King.


We can draw a parallel from Zechariah 9:9 (NKJV), where the prophecy anticipates the coming of a king riding on a donkey. Luke 19 echoes this prophecy, portraying Jesus' entry as a fulfillment of Old Testament expectations, emphasizing the divine nature of His mission.


In Luke 22:7-39 (NKJV), the passage covers the preparation for the Last Supper, the betrayal of Jesus, and His agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. Spiritually, this section emphasizes the symbolism of the Passover meal, where Jesus institutes the Lord's Supper, signifying the new covenant in His blood.

Furthermore, the betrayal by Judas and Jesus' prayer in Gethsemane showcase the human struggle of submission to God's will in the face of impending suffering. The spiritual lesson underscores the depth of Jesus' sacrifice and the importance of surrendering to God's plan despite challenges.


We can draw a parallel from Isaiah 53, where the suffering servant theme aligns with Jesus' impending sacrifice, emphasizing the prophetic nature of Christ's mission as foretold in the Old Testament.


In Christ, love Jared









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