Gospels in 40 Days – March 11-12
Welcome to our study of the gospels during the Lenten season. Lent is the Christian tradition of preparing for the resurrection of Jesus by taking intentional steps to grow closer to God during the 40 days before Easter. The tradition mirrors Jesus going into the wilderness to fast and pray for 40 days, where he was tempted by Satan but was able to resist, strengthen, and grow his ministry for the days ahead (Matthew 4). Typical Lenten observances include fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial, and spiritual discipline.
To join the study, pick a reading plan to follow, journal on the day’s reading using the SOAP method of Bible study (see “What’s SOAP?” on our website for details), and check in for daily posts from our study leaders. We hope you will join us this season, intentionally stepping toward God!
Matthew was a tax collector before he knew Jesus, but once he got the call, he left it all to follow Jesus as one of the twelve apostles. Matthew was raised in the Jewish tradition and knew scripture well. His gospel is placed perfectly at the beginning of the New Testament to connect the Old to the New. He often references Old Testament scriptures that are fulfilled in Jesus, and his gospel’s purpose is to show that Jesus is the Messiah they’ve been waiting for.
Clicking on the following links will take you to the Bible Gateway website where you can read the NIV version of today’s reading:
ALL OF IT: Matthew 10-12,
MOST OF IT: Matthew 10:26-39, or
HIGHLIGHT REEL: Matthew 6:25-34
What do you cling to: your earthly desires or the life Jesus has called you to?
Instructions | Jess Howell
Matthew 10:39 – Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
Jesus has given his disciples the authority to heal and drive out spirits. But before they go, he gives them some instructions, instructions that will help them succeed in a world fighting against them tooth and nail.
Just as Jesus was sending out his disciples 2000 years ago, his instructions then apply so accurately to today as well. Specifically in verse 39: “If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” Within this verse, there’s a positive and a negative – I can choose to grasp my life and the control I have over it and lose or give it all to Jesus and win. In the moments I’ve been closest to Jesus, nothing has seemed to bother me because I’m taking everything in and just turning it right back around to Him. But I haven’t been doing that lately. I’m holding on too tightly to what I can do and not giving up any control.
Jesus, You give such clear instructions, and yet I forget them, time and again. I’m thankful that I can hear Your words spoken to Your disciples as though they are spoken to me. I want to let go of all I’m greedily hanging onto. You can have it; I’m not getting anywhere on my own. I love you! Amen.
The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.