From Bethlehem to Calvary

Meeting Jesus through His story in the Gospel of Luke

An Invitation to Study from Women in the Word

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Have you ever said to someone, “I would really like to get to know you”?  What would be some of the reasons that would make you feel that way about another person?  What are the ingredients that are intrinsic for moving an acquaintance to a cherished and very special friend?  In addition to intentionally spending time with each other, there is the process of discovering what you each admire and respect, the beliefs that you share in common, the goals that motivate each of you, the idiosyncrasies that become apparent, the willingness to forgive and to accept weaknesses or failures, and the mutual desire to have a loving and honest relationship.  Real and true friendships can begin in surprising ways, but making them meaningful, supportive and deep is a lifelong process.

Isn’t it amazing that Jesus invited people to become His friend while He was walking this earth?  John writes in his Gospel that Jesus said to His followers, “I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.” (John 15: 25 – The Message)  It’s actually God’s desire that we, too, choose to spend time with Him so that we can get to know and understand His desires, His plans, and His purposes. Would you agree that it is in reading God’s Word and meditating on Jesus’ story that you and I move from simply being acquainted with the Savior to counting Him as the friend above all others.

Wouldn’t you like to get to know Jesus better and better by traveling with Him during His journey from Bethlehem to Calvary?  This is your invitation to join us this winter in our 12 week study as we explore the events which Luke described in his Gospel.   As you walk with Jesus on His journey from the manger to the cross, I pray that you will understand in new and meaningful ways His love for you.  May the resurrection power of His presence and His name satisfy the longings of your heart.

©2020 by Marilyn Miller