Matthew 28:12-13 False Reports

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When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.'” Matthew 28:12-13

Jesus had died on the cross and was buried in a tomb. A group of soldiers were set around the entrance to the tomb to prevent any disturbance of the body. On the third day, Jesus arose from the dead and left the tomb. In order to cover it up the leaders had the soldiers lie about it, saying that they were sleeping and that the disciples had stolen the body.

There are hundreds of different news media outlets available on the television and online. Most of those news media outlets claim to report an unbiased news report. However, when there is a major event, it is very interesting how each source of news reports something a little different. Some of those news reports are false on purpose. They are trying to push a certain way of thinking or some greater agenda.

Telling a lie to change how things look or appear is nothing new. Hearing lies and believing them has been around since Adam and Eve. The devil and the world does not want people to believe that Jesus is alive and well today.

If Jesus is alive, it will mean that there is some accountability for their actions. People do not want to be accountable, so they make up lies.

Believers need to be well versed in what the Bible says and be in tune to what the Holy Spirit is saying. When the believer is aware of what God is saying, he will not be led astray with the lies the world is saying.

Currently if you tell people that there is only one way to God and you speak out against sin, you are classified as harmful and mean. This is a lie the world wants you to believe. It is actually showing greater love to tell people about Jesus and sin, than to let them die in their sins and be punished for eternity.

The world will continue to tell lies to pull you away from God. Stay in the Bible and filled with His Holy Spirit to guide you. Be aware of the false reports being said and stay in the truth.

I pray today that you will know what the Bible says; that you will hear what God’s Holy Spirit says; that God will reveal the false reports of this world to you; and that you will speak God’s truth in every situation.

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Matthew 27:51 It Was Not Taken

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And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. Matthew 27:51

The leaders of the Jewish people had led the people to want to have Jesus crucified on a cross. While He was on the cross He asked the Father to forgive them for what the were doing. At the end of a lot of agony, Jesus gave up His spirit and died on the cross.

The Jewish people are commonly blamed for the death of Jesus. Several leaders throughout history have attempted to destroy the Jews for that very reason. Yet it was not the Jews that put Jesus on the cross and caused Him to die.

God the Father was the one who sent Jesus to the cross. The reason God sent Jesus to the cross was for the sins of each and every person who has ever lived. The Jewish people were only the physical hands that put Jesus on the cross. Had not the Father wanted Him on the cross, they would not have been able to do so.

In fact, many times in His life they wanted to capture Him and kill Him, but were unable to do so. He always slipped out of their grasp.

In the very end, Jesus gave up His life. He laid it down to be a sacrifice to the Father. This was for every person who has sinned, which is every person who has ever lived.

Jesus was able to lay down His life because He knew the Father was in control and had something better on the other end. He knew His life was not over, even though it physically came to an end. Jesus would arise to live forever to give life to all.

Keeping this in mind, you must be also willing to lay down your life for Jesus in response to what He has willingly done for you.

God may never ask you to die for Him physically, but you must be willing to lay down your desires to follow Him. Seek Him and desire Him and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Your ultimate goal should be to spend eternity in heaven with God the Father and Jesus, and to bring as many people with you as possible. This is only to show appreciation for what Jesus has done for you.

What are you going to give up for Him?

I pray that you may know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live only for Jesus; that you will tell others of what Jesus has done; and that God will strengthen you in your walk with Him.

Matthew 27:12 No Defense

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When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Matthew 27:12

Jesus had been taken as a prisoner by the officials and was being tried. They were accusing Him of many different things. As they were accusing Him, He did not say a word in His own defense, but just stood there listening.

When people are accused of something, most people will try to defend themselves. They do not want to be accused of doing something wrong. Some cases will end up in a court, while the majority never reach that level.

The accusations that a person may receive may be true or they may be false. It is common for a person to be accused of some action that is true, and yet the person still tries his best to defend himself. At that point many people will try to blame others for the action, or they will try to excuse it, give a “good” reason for the action done. No one wants to get in trouble.

Other times the accusation is false. It can be false because not everything was known about the situation, while other times someone is trying to harm someone else. At this, many people react badly fighting for their reputation. Both of these situations occur on a regular basis.

The challenge for believers is knowing what to do with the accusation. Jesus had remained silent when falsely accused. He had never did anything wrong at all and He knew it. He also knew where He stood with His Father–God.

Along with knowing that, He also knew God’s will in the situation. He knew that He had to be falsely accused and sentenced to death. Jesus was willing to go forward with what God had planned for Him.

There will come times when someone will accuse you of something. If you are guilty, you must confess and seek forgiveness. If you are innocent, you must seek God’s desire for you. It may be that God wants you to be quiet. He knows the situation and will defend you. The people are seeking a bad reaction.

Be willing to be silent and let the enemy accuse you, don’t fight in the wrong way. You may end up saying or doing something wrong. Know that you are standing before God, innocent and loved, or forgiven and loved. Either way, God is on your side.

I pray today that you will stand innocent before God; that you will listen to when God wants you to speak; that God will give you strength to be silent when needed; and that God’s love will shine through you to all your accusers.

Matthew 26:56 It Must Happen

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“But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled. Matthew 26:56

After celebrating the Passover feast with the disciples, Jesus went to the garden to pray. While there some leaders of the law came with some soldiers and arrested Him. Jesus states that all that was happening had to occur, because it was prophesied by the prophets of God. Those prophecies had to be fulfilled.

When a person assembles something together for the first time, there are a set of instructions to be followed. There is always a set order in how to assemble the object. If the instructions are not followed in correct order or some of the steps are entirely skipped, the object will not be assembled correctly and will not work.

People try to skip steps in order to complete it faster or because they think that they know what they are doing. Often when this happens another part does not work correctly or does not fit in correctly.

In this passage, there were a set order of things that had to occur in the life of the Jesus and the disciples. God had already set in motion what had to happen and how it was to happen. This was regardless of how it looked or felt by anyone.

In the life of a believer, God has set things in motion. He has a plan for your life in how things should occur and when they should occur.

Some of the prophecies that were made about you are that you would be persecuted, that God would give you strength, that you would be hated, that God would give you victory in the end, and that you will have eternal life.

The challenge with this is that some of those prophecies are not very comforting or easy to accept. All of the things that God allows in your life are being used to build you up and make you more like Jesus.

It was not easy for Jesus to go to the cross. It was not easy for the disciples to see Jesus go to the cross. But it was necessary. They had to keep moving forward in the path God laid out for them. The events had to occur.

The events in your life must occur to build you. Trust God as they occur today.

I pray today that you will know the prophecies of God for your life; that you will know God is in control; that you will trust God’s plan for your life; and that you will grow closer to God through the events of your life. 

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Matthew 26:18 Keep Going Forward

 

Keep Moving ForwardHe replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’ ” Matthew 26:18

Jesus had already predicted His death. As the time for it was drawing closer, the time for the Passover was also arriving. He had determined to celebrate the Passover with the disciples, despite the extreme torture and death He was about to go through immediately afterwards.

Often in life people do not really know what is next in their life. Things come up in their life unexpectedly. One area that does come up unexpectedly, but then becomes a known thing is disease that will lead to death.

Cancer hits a lot of people. At the beginning of it there is a hope of healing and recovery. When the cancer hits stage four, most people lose all hope and are just waiting for death to occur.

At that level, most people give up on life. They shut down and just wait for the unwanted event to occur. All they see is the death that will occur and they no longer live in the joy of the life they still have.

Jesus knew that an extremely painful death was coming for Him. But He also knew that after that time of persecution and death, there would be eternal life. He knew that His death would also bring about life for many. So He continued forward with what needed to be done.

Believers have something to look forward too, even in death. They can look forward to eternal life. Until that death occurs, every believer has a work to do on this earth. There are always more people to be a witness too. There is always the ability to praise and worship God.

You may or may not be going through a life threatening sickness. You may or may not be facing death directly. However, there may be some other large disastrous event you are facing in your life.

If this is the case, do not shut down in fear or despair. Keep going forward worshipping and serving God with all of your life. God is with you and will give you the needed strength to do what needs to be done. Look forward to the hope you have once you are through the situation in this life.

I pray today that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will know the joy you can have in God; that you will always move forward in God; and that you will do the work God has for you to do.

Matthew 25:46 What Is Your Destiny?

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“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” Matthew 25:46

Jesus gave a parable about people being told that they served or did not serve Him when they were at the end of their life. Some were told they served Him, but did not realize it, while others did not serve Him and thought that they did. Those who had served Him by serving others, were allowed into heaven with eternal life. Those who had not served Him by serving others were condemned to hell in eternal punishment.

Helping people out is something that reaches beyond a single person. As one person is being helped, it can actually help out many others. Helping a single parent out with his children, helps him out, the children out, his workplace out, and the community out.

In the process of serving and helping others, everyone benefits. There are many people who reach out and help serve others out, while there are many who only help themselves out.

Believers are expected to help serve others. It falls under the commands given to love God and to love everyone. As a person serves another person, it is showing love to God and service to God.

God has placed everyone on this earth to be together, working together to build each other up. No man is supposed to be a complete loner.

When a believer sees a need, and has the ability to meet that need, but does not do it, he is not serving Jesus. He is rejecting Jesus, even though his words may say otherwise.

The whole purpose of serving others, is not to look good, as some are doing. It is to serve Jesus. Serving others show the love a person has for God and for others. The two greatest commandments were to love God and to love others.

As you go through your days, God will bring people into your path who have many needs. For some of those needs you will have the ability to meet them. Are you going to meet those needs?

When Jesus returns, He will look at your life and find out if you have served Him by serving others. The question will be if you really love Him or not? If you served others, you do love Him and will gain eternal life.

If you did not serve others, you did not love Him and will get eternal punishment.

I pray today that you will love God with all of your heart; that you will love people as God loves you; that you will serve others as God gives you opportunity to do so; and that you will show God’s love to others.

Matthew 25:11-12 Don’t Get Shut Out

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“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ ” Matthew 25:11-12

Jesus gave the parable about the five wise and five unwise virgins. They knew that their bridegroom was coming to meet them at some point. Five stayed prepared to meet him, while five did not. When he came, he took the five that were prepared and left. At the wedding banquet the doors were shut and the five unwise tried to get in. At that point the bridegroom stated that he did not know them and kept the door shut.

Most people do not run a wedding in the same manner that they did during the ancient days. Today if someone is late to the wedding, they are often still let in. This is especially true for people who are a part of the wedding ceremony.

In the business world, it is a different story. When the business closes its doors for the night, they will not open them again, regardless of who the person is. With this in mind, people must plan their time correctly to get to the business before the doors are closed. They must be ready.

God is in the process of preparing a great wedding feast in heaven someday. People are being made aware of this wedding feast. Everyone is being invited to be a part of the feast. The challenge is that no one knows exactly when that feast will begin. Each person must be ready.

The process of being ready is accepting what Jesus did and following Him. It is repenting of all sins and turning towards God.

Many people think that there are many ways into  heaven and that great feast. There is only one way and that is through Jesus.

When Jesus returns to bring everyone into the feast, you must be ready. Once He returns and takes all who are ready, the doors to that feast in heaven will be closed. God will stand at the door and tell the rest who missed it that He does not know them.

You do not want to be in that group. You do not want to be shut out, because that door will be shut for all eternity.

Take the time today to make sure you are following Jesus and are ready for the great wedding feast.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow God with all your heart; that God will know you as part of His bride; and that you will be ready for heaven.