Matthew 28:7 Go Quickly And Tell

Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you. Matthew 28:7

After the Sabbath the women had decided to go to the grave of Jesus. When they arrived at the tomb, there was an angel there. He told them to go quickly and tell his disciples that He had risen from the dead and that they will see Him soon.

This is a reminder that Jesus had risen from the dead. Now it is the mission of every believer to go quickly and tell the world that He has risen and provides salvation for all who believe.

Each day you get up, not just on Easter, go quickly and tell everyone you can that Jesus is alive and still provides salvation to all who believe. That was the mission of Jesus and that is your mission today.

Don’t just tell people Jesus had risen on Easter Sunday, tell them everyday of the year.

Who can you tell today?

And tomorrow?

And every day after that?

Happy Easter! May all the world know that Jesus is risen.

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Matthew 28:19-20 A Job To Do

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

Jesus had been crucified. He had died, was buried, and is now risen again to life. The disciples and many other people have seen Him. Now He is getting ready to leave and He is giving His last words.

The final words of Jesus here on this earth bring you back to His whole purpose in coming to the earth. God sent Jesus to the world in order to save every person on it. His death and resurrection made that possible. Without a death, no one can be saved. Without a resurrection, no one can be saved.

Since salvation is now possible, everyone in the world needs to be told this. Jesus tells the disciples and you, to now go and make disciples. Disciples are those who learn from and follow Jesus.

Jesus is no longer on the earth Himself, so each person who knows Jesus must tell someone else about Him. You are to go out and let the people know what Jesus has done, said, and commanded. You are now His hands, feet and voice in this world.

Your job is to make new disciples wherever you are. With over seven billion people on the earth, it is not difficult to find someone to disciple. There will always be someone who has not heard about Jesus. There will always be those who have just started following Jesus and need to know more.

Be willing today to open your eyes to a field that is ripe for harvest. That person you come across today may be willing to follow Jesus if given the chance.

Do not hoard the gift God has given you, share it with others. If you really love Jesus, do what He is telling you to do…be His witness.

I pray today that you will be willing to be God’s witness; that you will make disciples of others; that you will teach others what Jesus has shown you; and that God will build His kingdom through you.

Matthew 27:50 What Jesus Gave Up

“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.” Matthew 27:50

This verse occurs during the crucifixion of Jesus. He had been hanging on the cross for several hours. Now Jesus does something that only He had the power to do: He gave up His Spirit.

Giving up His Spirit is another way of saying He chose to stop living and die on the cross. He let His Spirit leave His body to die.

Look back at the life of Jesus. Throughout His ministry and walk on the earth He had given out many things. He gave out healing of the blind, the lame, the sick, and brought back life to the dead. He passed on His power and authority to the disciples.

In all of His ministry, however, He never gave up anything. He did not give up ground for Satan to claim.

Now, He gives up His Spirit, His life.

Jesus had stated that He came to lay His life down. He told Pilate that only He had the power to take His life. Jesus chose to die. He was following the desire of the Father. The people did not take His life, He gave it up.

No one has more power and authority than Jesus. He is the one who is in absolute control of everything.

As a believer you are supposed to be like Jesus. Are you willing to lay down your life for God and others?

Laying down your life, may not mean allowing yourself to be physically killed. It usually means just giving up your will and desires.

Jesus wants you to be a witness. Sometimes this may mean laying down your agenda to be that witness or to help someone.

You must lay down your desires to turn away from sin. The world will tell you that it is crazy to give up sin and follow Jesus, just like they did when Jesus died on the cross. Are you willing to be like Jesus and give up the one thing that is in your power to control?

Only you can give up something in your life. No one else can do it for you. You have absolute power in that area of your life. Be like Jesus today and give up anything that is not in God’s will. Be willing to follow God all the way, even if it means to death on a cross.

I pray today that God will reveal areas in your life you need to give up; that God will strengthen you to follow His will; that you will be like Jesus in every area of your life; that you will trust God with your whole life; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Matthew 26:74 Denying Jesus

“Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, I don’t know the man! Immediately the rooster crowed.” Matthew 26:74

Jesus had just been arrested and taken into custody. The leaders were in the process of trying Him in the court. Many people were around watching what was going on.

Most of the disciples had scattered and went into hiding. Peter gets up close and watches. As he is watching people notice him and know he was with Jesus and confront him about it. Peter denies ever knowing Jesus.

It is easy for a person to look back at Peter and get upset with him. After all he had seen and been through with Jesus, how could he ever deny knowing Jesus? He even got to walk on water with Jesus. Who gets to do that one?

Even in spite of all he had seen and done, he does deny Jesus. Jesus had even stated that Peter would do this before the rooster crowed three times.

Before you point an accusing finger at Peter, take a look at your own life. Yes, before you knew Jesus, you did deny knowing Him, but what about after you had come to know Jesus?

Many Christians will not directly, openly deny Jesus like Peter did with actual denial words, but they still will deny Him in other ways.

When you meet someone, do you make sure you take a moment to share Jesus with him/her? Or do you deny Jesus and remain silent?

When you see someone in need, do you try to help out in any way you can? Or do you deny Jesus and look the other way and let someone else do it?

When you are alone and an opportunity to do a sinful act, do you flee from it and run to Jesus? Or do you deny Jesus and do it anyway?

Each of these ways and many more are quiet ways that you can deny Jesus.

Look at what Jesus did for you: dying a crucified death publicly on the cross. Do you have the right to deny Him publicly now? Do you feel you should deny knowing Him in others?

Do not deny Jesus as Peter did. Live your life as a witness of who Jesus is. Do not let fear get the best of you, trust God.

I pray today that you will promise not to deny Jesus anymore; that you will seek ways to be His witness; that you will talk about Jesus all the time; that God will strengthen you by His Holy Spirit; and that God will build His kingdom through you.

Matthew 26:39 God’s Will

“Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39

Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane. He is just about to be betrayed and then crucified and He knows this.

Think about this for a minute. Put yourself in the place where Jesus was. He has absolute power. He created the planets and stars and everything else by His word. He has done absolutely nothing wrong to anyone or God the Father.

Yet, now, He is about to be crucified on a cross. Not only is He going to get crucified, His Father, whom He has been with for all eternity, is going to turn His back on Him. There will be a moment of separation.

He does what any person would do, ask God the Father if there is another way to do this.

God does not have any problem with the asking of this request. The Father does not change the answer. Jesus must still be crucified.

Where Jesus does the right thing is in finishing that request with stating that He wants the Father’s desire to be done. Even though Jesus has all power and authority, He sets that aside to do the Father’s desire.

What is God asking you to do today? Are you willing to do it?

Very often people hear God tell them clearly to do something, but then decide not to do it. They question God and decide their own way is better.

The Father may not be asking you to physically be killed, but He is asking you to lay yourself aside and do something for Him. Whatever that thing is, it is for your good, for the good of others, and for the good of the kingdom of heaven.

Just as Jesus stated that He wanted the Father’s will to be done, so you must also want the Father’s will to be done. Set your short-term desires aside and follow God fully. It will be worth it in the end.

I pray today that God will reveal His plans for you; that you will do God’s will; that God will strengthen you by His Holy Spirit to do His will; that you will not turn away from God’s desire for your life; and that God will make you more like Jesus and build His kingdom through you.

Matthew 26:2 Tough Times Ahead

“As you know, the Passover is two days away–and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” Matthew 26:2

Jesus had just finished telling the disciples about the end times. He talked about how He will be at the end judging the people. Now He drops another bombshell–He tells them that in just a couple of days He will be handed over to be crucified.

The time of the Passover was a time of great celebration. The people would remember the story of Moses bringing the Israelites out of Egypt. They would remember all the great works God did during that time. It would be a fun time.

Yet, Jesus states that He is going to be handed over to be crucified. Jesus not only states this, He also goes forward.

Very few people could possibly go forward to their death sentence boldly and calmly as Jesus did. Most people would try to go another route or change their plans altogether.

Being crucified is exactly what God wanted to happen to Jesus. It was in the plan from the beginning of time. Jesus knew this and did not try to change the plan.

You may not always know the exact details of what is ahead for you. One thing you may know from Scripture is that in the end times things will get more rough. Standing for Jesus will be tougher.

God may ask you to walk into a situation that will be very rough on you. He may ask you to take a stand for Him against everyone else. You may have to stand alone for God.

Are you ready to stand for God? Are you willing to stand for God?

If God told you that His plans for you next week was to go and get killed, would you be willing to walk that path? Or would you try to go another route?

Jesus walked that path and He did it for you. You need to be willing to do whatever it is God has in store for you. Trust that God knows what is best for you and everyone else around you.

The walk God has you on may (and probably will be) very rough at times. Don’t give up! Keep going with God. He wins in the end.

I pray today that you will walk the path God has for you; that God will strengthen you by His Holy Spirit; that God will guide your every step; that God will remove all fear in your heart; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Matthew 25:40, 45 What You Do Counts

“The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” “He will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” Matthew 25:40, 45

Jesus told a picture of the end when He returns. Every person would be divided into one of two groups: the sheep and the goats. The sheep are those who did what God wanted. The goats are those who did not do what God wanted.

Looking at the sheep, Jesus tells them that they fed, clothed and visited Him. Looking at the goats, He told them that they did not feed, cloth or visit Him.

Both groups were stunned. They did not remember ever doing any of those things for Him. Jesus then states that if you did these things for any person, you did it for Him; and if you did not do it for a person, you did not do it for Him.

Every person has the ability to do something for someone else. It does not matter if you are wealthy or very poor. Visiting someone who is sick or in prison does not cost money, just a little time, but it can make a difference in a person’s life.

If you have the ability to meet a need in someone else’s life, you need to do what you can to meet that need. As you do that, you are also doing it for Jesus. This goes even for helping someone who does not believe in Jesus at all.

The world even sees some value in helping other people out. The difference is that the world does it to look good. As a believer you should be doing it out of love for the person and love for Jesus. Everything you do is to be done as though being done for God.

Ask God to show you ways you can help someone out today. Look for ways to meet a need in someone’s life. Remember if you do not meet a need you could have met, you did not meet a need that Jesus had. Everything you do or do not do counts.

I pray today that God will show you ways to help others out; that your eyes will be opened to the needs of others; that you will see that helping others is helping Jesus; that you will not miss an opportunity to be a blessing; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.