Week Sixteen — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Words of Jesus in Matthew — Matthew 28: 8, 9

Sunday, April 16 — Easter Sunday

Matthew 28: 8, 9 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.  Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said.  They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we join our worship with all who have worshiped you beginning on the first Easter Sunday.

Thought for the day: Worthy of worship is the one whose voice awakened you from the slumber of death this day.

Monday, April 17

Acts 2: 23, 24 This man was handed over to you by Gods set purpose and foreknowledge, and you with the help of wicked men put him to death by nailing him to the cross.  But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.

Prayer:  Lord God, how often we can say those two miraculous words: “But God.”

Thought for the day: The power of a “mother-of-all-bombs (MOAB)” is no match for an eternal life.

Tuesday, April 18

I Corinthians 15: 19, 20 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Prayer:  Jesus, we praise you for giving us a hope for today and forever.

Thought for the day: The present is a wonderful gift when it is filled with the hope of Christ.

Wednesday, April 19

I Peter 1:3 Praise be to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Prayer:  Lord God, when our failures unsettle us, your mercy calms and renews our spirit, and we rejoice in you.

Thought for the day: The odds of a hope inspired by God are always, absolutely favorable.

Thursday, April 20

Ephesians 2: 5, 6 [God] made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, it is you that welcomes us into the presence of God the Father.

Thought for the day:  Knowing the right person can give you an audience with anyone.

Friday, April 21

Philippians 3:10, 11 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Prayer:  Jesus, you are our example of perfect fellowship with God the father through obedience.

Thought for the day:  Saying Yes to God is good for the soul.

Saturday, April 22

Romans 6:3, 4 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death I order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Prayer:  Jesus, we rejoice that we are cleansed of our sins in you to rise to a new life.

Thought for the day: Like ex-offenders seeking to stay out of prison Christians must follow the teaching of Jesus to remain free.

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Study for Matthew 28: 8, 9

G – R – E – E – T

Grief led the disciples and women to the tomb on Easter morning.

Respect for the dead led the women to prepare spices for dressing the body.

Empty was the tomb the women and the disciples found that morning.

Encountering a risen Lord Jesus the women worshiped him.

Triumphant was God’s plan to raise Jesus from the dead and to give us hope for life everlasting.