I haven't really been blogging my thoughts about my Matthew study as regularly as I had promised. However I have definitely been learning. In the first week of the study, we did a cursory survey of the entire book. In reading it, Jesus stood out. Not just the Jesus that we see in Sunday School pictures, or the one I thought I have come to know in the years since I gave Him authority over my life. He truly defies description or understanding. Even His disciples did not always know what He meant or why He acted in such a way.
Understanding that if I was willing that I could know Jesus Himself in a deeper more complete way by examining His life, words, and actions has allowed me to study this book with fresh eyes. I'm acquiring more knowledge, but most importantly, I am also being made aware of areas in my life that need attention and how following Jesus' teaching and example will result in positive change in these areas.
My prayer life has been profoundly affected. Knowing Jesus more fully always leads us into a better prayer life. You can read more of my thoughts in my Faithlifts devotional from last week, "When You Pray, Say. . . . ". I have instituted some of these practices in my life this week and hope to continue.
Did you ever meet a different Jesus than the one you thought you knew? How did it affect your faith?