Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Jesus has been lost to the grave, but three days later reappears with all authority in heaven and on earth. His brothers (28:10) follow Him to Galilee, and find Him on a mountain, where the eleven bow down and worship (28:17). Some doubt. Well they might, and not just the resurrection itself. They might be doubting Jesus’ intentions. After all, the last time He saw them, He saw their backsides as they fled from the garden. They’ve all abandoned Him. Are they about to hear a “Depart from Me, I never knew you”?
No. They are about to hear a “What you intended for evil, God intended for good, to save all these alive.” Jesus is the new Joseph, lost and found, humiliated and exalted, now surrounded by His eleven brothers, who prostrate themselves before Him (cf. Genesis 37:9). He is the new Joseph, revealed to His guilty brothers, reconciled.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight. Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it… The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. (Exodus 13:5-7;13)
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
“I understand that this is the week for the church collection, and many of you do not want to give a thing. You ungrateful people should be ashamed of yourselves. . . . I am sorry I ever freed you from the tyrants and the papists. You ungrateful beasts, you are not worthy of the treasure of the gospel. If you don’t improve, I will stop preaching rather than cast pearls before swine.”
Martin Luther, exhorting his congregation, according to Roland Bainton, Here I Stand(New York, 1950), pages 351-352.
HT: Ray Ortlund