Year with Jesus: Daily Readings and Meditations

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Spend a year with Jesus with commentary and meditations by the definitive voice for Christian spirituality today.

Chosen from the Gospels of Matthew and John, the 365 readings encourage us to remove ourselves from our hectic, day-to-day pace and reflect on the life and teachings of Jesus himself. These Gospel selections are accompanied by reflections and prayers from bestselling Christian author Eugene Peterson. Readers will discover a daily ...

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Overview

Spend a year with Jesus with commentary and meditations by the definitive voice for Christian spirituality today.

Chosen from the Gospels of Matthew and John, the 365 readings encourage us to remove ourselves from our hectic, day-to-day pace and reflect on the life and teachings of Jesus himself. These Gospel selections are accompanied by reflections and prayers from bestselling Christian author Eugene Peterson. Readers will discover a daily companion that offers wisdom and guidance throughout the year.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061118432
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 871,378
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.37 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Eugene H. Peterson, author of The Message, a bestselling translation of the Bible, is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, British Columbia, and the author of over thirty books. He and his wife, Jan, live in Montana.

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A Year with Jesus

Daily Readings and Meditations
By Zondervan

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Zondervan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0061118435

January 1

The Book of the Genealogy

An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Matthew 1:1

Three names mark key points in God's salvation work: Abraham, father of the faithful; David, the man after God's own heart; Jesus, the son of God, who summed up Abraham and David and revealed all that God is for us.

Why are ancestors important?

You come, Jesus, out of a history thick with names. Names--not dates, not events--signal the junctures in which you single out myself and others for personal love and responsibility. Named, I now name your name in trust and gratefulness: Jesus. Amen.

January 2

Of Whom Jesus Was Born

Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram and Aram the father of Aminadab, and Aminadab the father of Nahshon, . . . and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteengenerations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.

Matthew 1:2-17

The biblical fondness for genealogical lists is not dull obscurantism, it is an insistence on the primacy and continuity of people. Each name is a burnished link connecting God's promises to his fulfillments in the chain of people who are the story of God's mercy. Which of these names stands out for you?

Some of these names I don't recognize at all, God. And that is reassuring! I don't have to be an Abraham or a David to be included in this salvation litany. My ordinariness is as essential as another's extraordinariness. Thank you. Amen.

January 3

By Tamar

And Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram ... and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse and Jesse the father of King David. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah.

Matthew 1:3,5-6

Four names in the list are a surprise: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and the wife of Uriah (Bathsheba). Each of these names represents a person who was exploited, or downtrodden, or an outsider--the misused, the immoral, the foreign. Jesus's genealogy doesn't prove racial or moral purity, but redemptive range. God's salvation work is inclusive, not exclusive.

What do you know of each of these women?

Do I have enough confidence, Lord, in your inventive and incorporative will, to believe that you will use unattractive, immoral, and unlovely people as well as the glamorous and virtuous and admirable? That is hard to believe, but the evidence is impressive. Help my unbelief. Amen.

January 4

All the Generations

And Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.

Matthew 1:16-17

The list concludes with a name (Jesus) plus a title (Messiah). The forty-two generations conclude with Jesus, who is given the title Christ (in Hebrew, Messiah), the person whom God anoints to accomplish our salvation. The final name is simultaneously a human life and a divine work.

What does the name Jesus Christ mean to you?

I see, Father, that you do not simply permit names to accumulate at random, but that you shape lives. There is a design and there is a goal. Enter my earth-conditioned existence and shape eternity in me. Amen.



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