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Devotionals by Pete Briscoe

Taken from Pete’s series What Will Jesus Do?.

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. — Mark Twain

Those who were next in line when Jesus announced He had to go were likely the same ones who tried to keep Him from leaving. Luke tells us the people physically detained Jesus, holding Him down so He couldn’t leave. They were desperate for Him to stay. 

It must have been hard for them to understand that they were important to Him, but something MOST important was calling His name. 

What was it? 

He said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea. (Luke 4:43-44

“I must preach the Gospel … ” 

Luke uses the word must to show us the essence of Jesus’ ministry. These are the most important things to Jesus. 

What is the most important thing here? Proclaiming the Good News of God’s Kingdom to those who haven’t heard it yet. 

In Roman times, the word gospel was used in the secular world too. When a new emperor ascended the throne, heralds announced the good news all throughout the kingdom. Jesus borrowed this word to explain His mission: There was good news: a new king—but a King in the Kingdom of God! 

And so Jesus went and preached this Good News. We already know the contents of His message: He was here to help the helpless and proclaim the arrival of God’s acceptance—His grace. 

So what MOST important thing compelled Jesus to go? In Luke 4:19, Jesus said He was “to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” The word favor means “acceptance,” and it was used regarding something under divine approval. Grace. 

The Gospel of grace. 

He left the sick and lame to proclaim grace to those who hadn’t heard it yet. This is the most important thing to Jesus. And because His Spirit indwells us and He lives through us, it should be the most important thing to us as well. 

Jesus, You want me to preach the gospel of grace? What if I use the wrong words or say the wrong thing? What if I’m rejected? Speak through me. Give me the words. Make it my most important thing too. Amen.

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About Telling the Truth

Telling the Truth is an on-air and online media ministry that distributes the Bible-teaching of Pete Briscoe — to help people know Christ and experience full Life in Him. Pete, along with his parents Stuart and Jill Briscoe, shares God’s Truth, grace, and love with people all over the world through a nationally-syndicated, daily, half-hour radio broadcast heard on 500 stations across all the U.S. and ten countries. Pete’s teaching also reaches hundreds of thousands of online listeners, viewers, and readers through numerous websites and apps, social media, and daily email devotionals.

About Pete Briscoe

Pete Briscoe leads Telling the Truth, a multi-faceted media ministry he shares with his parents Stuart and Jill Briscoe, broadcasting Bible teaching across the United States on more than 500 radio stations and across the world on the internet and Sirius XM Satellite Radio, to help more people come to know Christ and experience fullness of life in Him. Pete also served as senior pastor of Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Carrollton, Texas for nearly 30 years after completing his seminary training at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Pete and his wife, Libby, have three adult children and find great joy in experiencing the Life of Christ each day

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