Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Matthew 28:1-20. In this Scripture, Jesus had risen from the grave. It was the dawn of the first day of the week and Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to visit the grave. What did they find when they got there?
There was a great earthquake and the angel of the Lord descended from heaven and rolled back the stone from the door of the grave, and sat on it. His appearance was as bright as lightning and his clothes were as white as snow. It scared the soldiers so badly they fainted. How would you have reacted if you were one of the soldiers at the tomb that day?
The angel told the women not to be afraid, he knew they were looking for Jesus and told them, “He is not here, He is risen, Come, see where He laid.” Then the angel told the ladies to go and tell His disciples Jesus had risen and He would be in Galilee waiting for them. Can you imagine how scared and excited the women were? As the ladies were hurrying to go tell the disciples the news, Jesus met them, and they bowed down at His feet and worshiped Him. Jesus told them to go tell the disciples to meet Him in Galilee.
The soldiers who were keeping watch over Jesus’ grave went to the city to tell the chief priests what happened. The chief priests and elders bribed the soldiers with a large sum of money and told them to say the disciples came and stole Jesus’ body during the night. Matthew says that story was still being reported among the Jews.
The disciples went to Galilee to meet Jesus where He told them to meet Him. When they saw Him they worshiped Him, but some of them doubted. Jesus told them, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” This is something we should be still doing today, going and telling people about Jesus. Thank God for our risen Lord.
Daily Bible Scripture:
1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.
12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,
13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
14 And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.
15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Things to think about:
- How would you react if you went to visit a grave and an angel of the Lord was there?
- How happy do you think Mary and the other Mary were to see Jesus?
- Do you wonder why some of the disciples doubted when Jesus told them previously He would meet them in Galilee?
- Do you think even they found it hard to believe He had risen?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You the Bible tells us Jesus is Risen. Thank You for the sacrifice He made on the cross for our sins. Help us to never forget what a wonderful gift You have given us through Your Son. Help us to go and tell people about Jesus and how they can be saved from their sins. In Jesus’ name, we pray. We love You, LORD. Amen.
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The Book of Matthew goes into Jesus’ ministry on earth, including the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ parables, and Jesus’ final days, including His death, burial, and resurrection. The book concludes with the great commission.
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