Warnings and parables

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Jesus issued many warnings to his followers. He warned them to fear God, to repent, to count the cost of discipleship, and to think about how their actions on earth can seal their fate in eternity.

Monday - Warnings to fear God

Luke 12:1-59

Tuesday - Jesus warns men to repent

Luke 13:1-35, John 10:22-42

Wednesday - Parables at supper

Luke 14:1-35

Thursday - The lost sheep, lost coin, and lost sons

Luke 15:1-32

Friday - Warning parables

Luke 16:1 to 17:10

Eyewitness: Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene was mentioned in all four gospels. She was probably from Magdala, a city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus cast seven demons out of Mary Magdalene. She traveled with Jesus and the 12 disciples as He preached in Galilee. It is likely that she gave of her means to support Christ's ministry (Luke 8:1-3).

Some believe Mary Magdalene was the sinful woman who anointed Jesus' feet with her hair in Luke 7:36-50. She is often confused with Mary the sister of Lazarus, who anointed Jesus' head before his death (John 12:1-7). Mary was present at the crucifixion, where she and other women watched from a distance (Mark 15:40).

After the crucifixion, Mary saw where Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea laid Jesus' body. Early on Sunday morning, she and two other women brought spices to the tomb to anoint Jesus' body. They found the tomb empty (Mark 15:42 – 16:8).

When Jesus was raised, he first appeared to Mary Magdalene. She saw and touched Jesus before he ascended to God the Father (Mark 16:9, John 20:11-18). Mary ran to tell the disciples that Jesus appeared to her. They disbelieved until they also saw him (Mark 16:9-11).

Did you know?

The Feast of Dedication was observed in December. Also known as the Feast of Lights, this holiday commemorated the restoration of the Temple by the Maccabeans in 164 BC. The Hebrew word hannukah means dedication, and is observed by Jews today. Jesus taught in the temple during the Feast of Dedication. (John 10:22-29)

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