God’s Faithfulness ~ Our Everlasting Hope!
LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness
You have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. Isaiah 25:1 NIV
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me in exploring God’s Faithfulness. Do you find strength for every circumstance in God’s Faithfulness? God IS Faithful! God’s Faithfulness is our everlasting Hope! ~ Donna Oswalt
One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized Him in the Jordan River. As Jesus came up out of the water, He saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on Him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are My dearly beloved Son, and You bring Me great joy.” Mark 1:9-11 NLT
Ancient Jewish tradition involves every generation retelling their stories that emphasize the faithfulness of God. Using these storytelling techniques, Mark unites the stories of Jesus with the power and authority given to Jesus by God. Mark wastes no words as he chronicles these stories for his primary audience, Rome and the gentile Christians of the Roman church. Sharing the “Good News about Jesus as Messiah” permeates this book, describing those who encounter God’s faithfulness in Jesus.
Scholars believe Mark pens these Jesus stories around 65-70 AD, a time of enormous turmoil for the first century church. Today, the church still faces opposition, fragmentation, and division as it shares the Good News. Despite the worldview that frequently doubts and condemns of the power and authority of Jesus, God’s faithfulness cannot be diminished, and Jesus remains faithful and true.
Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith, let me be bold to share the Good News, to tell the stories of Your faithfulness, to tell them for Your glory. Lamb of God, You complete me. Great is Your faithfulness. –dho
Focus Point: God’s faithfulness cannot be diminished, and Jesus remains faithful and true.
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