Continue in the Word! In your New Testament reading, you have been through three of the gospel accounts of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. What have you learned? What details have you noticed in the different accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke?
This Sunday is Easter. On Saturday night, I would encourage you to read the accounts in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20 all together at one time. You may not have to read all four chapters, but at least the resurrection portion of each. These four gospel accounts will help you think about and anticipate Sunday morning - Easter morning. I would also encourage each family member to get up, have breakfast, get dressed with something old and something new (if you can), and watch the Sunday morning message online at 9 AM on Resurrection morning.
This week, read the accounts prior to these last chapters in the gospels that include the final week and crucifixion of our Lord. Sometimes we look forward to Easter morning without remembering the time leading up to the days of denial and rejection. Our Saviour was crucified and placed in a tomb upon His death. Why? He paid the sin debt of the world (my sin debt ... your sin debt, too!)
I want to draw your attention to John's account (chapters 18 and 19) of the life of Christ, our Saviour, before Pilate. It is mentioned in 19 verses in these two chapters. May I give you three quick thoughts regarding Pilate?
- Pilate chose to allow the influence of others to override his own personal choice.
- Pilate ignored the truth (Christ) John 18:38.
- Pilate thought he had authority (like Pharaoh in the Old Testament), but God was in control.
Therefore, with these thoughts today, I say to you and to me: Be careful! Choose to have a right relationship with Christ over the influence of others. He is truth (John 14:6). His word is truth (John 17:17). All authority is God's! He did, does, and always will do whatever He desires for Himself. He's God!
Have a great day in Him. Keep looking up - His day is drawing nigh. The trump could sound today!
Written by Dr. Bill Duttry