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Devotional

April 26, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Matthew 28:16-20

Take a step back and consider the narrative Matthew covers in the final chapter of his Gospel. In just twenty verses, with five of those detailing the leaders’ bribing of the soldiers to lie, we read of the women going to the tomb and then leaving to tell others (vv. 1-10), of the eleven disciples traveling to Galilee where they saw and worshiped Jesus (vv. 16-17), and then of Jesus commissioning them and sending them out to make disciples of all the nations (vv. 18-20). What we read is almost non-stop movement, starting at the empty tomb, the epicenter of the gospel, and moving out toward the ends of the earth. This is the purpose and the power of the resurrection; it compels action. We cannot experience the glorious resurrection of Christ and stand still. We must act; it is what our overjoyed hearts yearn to do, and it is what our Lord has called us to do.

What are some actions you can take this week to carry the gospel farther than you have before?

April 25, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Matthew 28:11-15

These verses provide the origin of the stolen body theory, one of a handful of theories offered to explain away the resurrection of Jesus. The swoon theory suggests that Jesus did not die on the cross; He merely passed out to be revived later. The wrong-tomb theory states that the disciples indeed found an empty tomb because it was the wrong one; Jesus was still dead in another tomb. The hallucination theory holds that the resurrection appearances were just hallucinations.

The holes in each of these theories are not hard to find. If the disciples had conspired to steal Jesus’ body and claimed He rose again, would they have continued to lie even when most were tortured and executed for this claim? Could a severely beaten and crucified Jesus really have survived? Why didn’t the Jewish leaders present Jesus’ body to stop the resurrection claims? And is it possible for so many people to have the same hallucination, even large groups at the same time?

Each resurrection theory falls down on itself, but there is something we can learn from them: the hardness of the human heart. These theories remind us of how far people will go to deny and reject Christ Jesus. Absurd theories are preferred over the obvious truth: Jesus rose from the dead.

What are some ways you have seen people try to dismiss the gospel? How can you respond in a compelling way to each?

April 24, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Matthew 28:9-10

The women didn’t seem to get very far in their mission to tell the other disciples about the resurrected Jesus. They departed quickly from the empty tomb, but “just then” Jesus met them and their mission changed—at least for a moment. It was no longer time to go quickly and tell; it was time to stop and worship. And that was what the women did instinctively, it seems. They went to Jesus and took hold of His feet, meaning they fell on their faces to the ground in worship of the risen Savior.

In this moment, Mary and Mary Magdalene offer a compelling picture of worship, one we can strive to emulate. Their worship was genuine and spontaneous. It was a priority and unashamed. And it was given in humility and with great joy. This should be true of all of our worship, when we gather as a people and when we worship God on our own. May our worship continually be as if we are beholding the risen Christ for the first time.

What are some ways you can keep your worship vibrant and meaningful?

April 23, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Matthew 28:7-8

Twice in these two verses we read the word “quickly.” The angel instructed the women to go quickly and then they departed quickly. The divine messenger had given the women good news—great news—to share, and their only proper response was to do as the angel instructed: to go in haste to tell others.

What about us? How quick are we to tell others of the good news we have received? Does the gospel continue to quicken the beating of our hearts as we consider how glorious God is for His forgiveness of us through Christ? And does that quickening of our hearts then quicken our feet? Let us never forget how beautiful the gospel is to us, and may we always be eager to share it with others. And at the same time, let us always remember that this is a message others around us are in desperate need of hearing. Let our love for God and our gratitude and joy for what He has done for us, as well as our love for those who have not trusted in Christ, move us to act quickly in service to our King.

With whom can you share the gospel this week?

April 22, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Matthew 28:1-6

The resurrection of Jesus Christ should give us joy, exceeding joy. The resurrection gives us life and hope when we believe because Christ’s resurrection is the first but not the last. One day all those who have died in Christ will rise as well. But as joyous as this is, there’s even more joy traceable to the risen Christ than we might realize. Think of all of the things that exist because Jesus didn’t stay dead.

If it weren’t for the resurrected Jesus, the New Testament wouldn’t exist. If Easter didn’t happen, Jesus of Nazareth would have faded into the background with all of the other people Rome crucified. But we know the name of Jesus because He isn’t like anyone else who was crucified: He didn’t stay dead; He rose again.

If it weren’t for the raised Lord, we probably wouldn’t know most of the people in our churches; we wouldn’t have any Christian friendships. If it weren’t for the resurrection, some of us would not have met our spouses, and kids from these marriages would not exist. And if it weren’t for the resurrection, you would not be studying about the resurrection with your other group members.

When we stop and think about it, we realize that everything in the Christian life comes back to the risen Christ. “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory” (2 Cor. 1:20). All the promises of God are a mega-ton “Yes!” in Jesus!

What are some of the joys in your life that you can connect back to the resurrection of Jesus?