“Come, follow me.” — Jesus (Matthew 4:19)
We are following Jesus through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, wrapping up on Easter on April 1st. We’ll be hopping around the four gospels for a chronological perspective of Jesus’ life on earth. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
Jesus Has Risen
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 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.”
8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
The Guards’ Report
11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.
The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Ready On Mission | Becky Newman
These are the last words of Jesus that Matthew records, and these words give us direction and purpose for our Christian lives. My Bible notes say “go” does not necessarily mean leaving home and family, but it does mean making yourself totally available to serve wherever, whenever, and however He directs, ready at all times to speak His Name, tell of His marvelous works, give a defense of the reason for our hope and tell others about His sacrifice and the abundant life He provides now and for all eternity.
Flipping this verse around gives me the reason I’m supposed to stay focused on mission at all times — because You are with me! Jesus’ death and resurrection allows You to always be with me, here in this world and for eternity. This is what the world needs to know, through me and every believer. My divine appointment with Charlie last week was such an awesome example of staying focused on mission at all times, despite how others react to the mission. I watched Charlie hobble slowly into The Dollar Tree, and as I went about browsing for deals, our paths crossed. He was probably about 85 years old, but despite his age and hobble, he was determined to cross paths with every person in that store, give them a card, and share his story. He asked me if I would take his card, and as I said sure, he went straight into his story. I could tell he had said it many times before. About 10 years ago, he was in an ambulance on his way to the hospital with an aneurysm. He was unconscious, and his wife was told that he wouldn’t even make it to the hospital. So, she prayed. Specifically, she prayed Ezekiel 16:6 (KJV) – “And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.” When he got to the hospital, he woke up. All the doctors found was dried up blood, and he healed so completely that he could spend his days walking around stores, telling about the God who performed a miracle in his life and pointing others to Him (as the back of his card has a map to his church). I’m not sure how others in that store responded to Charlie, but I decided to encourage him and praise God. I praised God all day for that encounter. And I told Charlie I would share his story.
Lord, thank You for this divine appointment and the miracle You did for Charlie as well as the miracle You did to always be with us. Help me to be like Charlie, focused on mission, always ready to share my God With Us — Emmanuel.
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