Daily Word

Matthew 28

Read Matthew 28 – It’s a brand new day!  Beloved, everything matters because of Jesus’s resurrection!  Our Savior lives.  His atoning sacrifice, his very life was given and accepted as payment for my sin and yours. Yet, had he not risen he would have been no more than a good man.  Jesus’s resurrection is the ultimate display of God’s authority over life and death, and it is our assurance that we will also be raised from death to life, covered in Christ Jesus and alive with him for all eternity… but I am getting ahead of myself.

“Early Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.  Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it.  His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow.” :1-3

Where does one begin with all this great news?  For some reason, it tickles me to picture this mighty and fearsome angel sitting on the stone that had sealed Jesus’s grave…. The grave means nothing, death is conquered.   He speaks great truth to the Mary’s.  Can you recieve his words as if you were there? Don’t be afraid.  He is risen.  See for yourself…. :5-7  

Meanwhile the cover-up is going on in the city.  There are a few things wrong with this plan.  First of all, the guards would have been killed for falling asleep on the job and letting their one duty be taken.  Second, it implies that Jesus remained dead, yet we know he will be seen by many in the coming days.

Now, Jesus gives what we call THE GREAT COMMISSION in verses :18-20.  Go make disciples; baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them.  I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Hallelujah!  

Beloved, how can one keep quiet in light of this Good News???  May your assurance grow!  May your boldness grow!  Jesus is alive!  Hallelujah!!

Daily Word

Luke 1:1-25

Read Luke 1:1-25 – The stage is being set; we shouldn’t rush through.  Luke establishes himself as a person of great discernment.  He carefully investigated the eyewitness accounts of Jesus and the events surrounding him (:2).  He did this so the truth would be a certainty, strengthening all that Theophilus had been taught (:4)…. And we, are also blessed to have and examine this truth!  

The time is set, Herod was king.  The priestly line was established for Zechariah and Elizabeth. 

Zechariah was doing his priestly duties, burning incense in the sanctuary of the Lord, while a great crowd stood outside praying.  The angel, Gabriel, appeared before Zechariah with amazing news.   His barren, older wife would have a son; he will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah(:17).  What other notable things caught your eye as Gabriel was speaking about this child?

Zechariah questions how this will happen due to his and Elizabeth’s age – and Gabriel pronounces silence over Zechariah for questioning him!  The way Gabriel speaks, the certainty and authority, makes me think of the very one he is announcing – but I don’t want to get ahead of things.

Beloved, humility is so important in God’s economy.  Surrender your pride when seeking the Lord; pray and read His Word with a humble heart.😇🧎‍🤰