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2014.Apr.
20 Sun
 
Gods Promises Inaugurated
[ Luke 24:1 - 24:12 ]
 
1. On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.
2. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
3. but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
4. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.
5. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead?
6. He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:
7. 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' "
8. Then they remembered his words.
9. When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others.
10. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles.
11. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.
12. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
 

Reflection
Gods Promise Fulfilled (24:1–8)
When these women left their homes with spices to place upon the body of Jesus, it is likely that they were not prepared for what they would experience! From the realization that the stone was rolled away, until the encounter with the two angels, these women were caught off guard by what they saw. But they were even more shocked by what they did not see: Jesus body! In other words, Jesus was alive! Jesus had defeated sin, death, and Satan through His resurrection—just as He had taught His disciples and followers that He would! The resurrection is the foundation of Christianity—without it, there is no hope or Gospel. Therefore, it is a reality that we must observe daily, not just once a year.

Gods Promise Proclaimed (24:9–12)
Having experienced the fulfillment of Gods promise firsthand, the women went to others to share the news that Jesus had risen from the dead and was no longer in the grave. However, most of the people who heard the proclamation did not believe them, even though what the women said was true. But Peter got up and went out to check for himself. Similarly, when we proclaim the Gospel and how we experienced the fulfillment of Gods promise firsthand to others, there will be much laughter and unbelief. But it is important to remember that our responsibility is to proclaim the Gospel, not to change the hearts of others. Some will respond with bitterness and anger, some with apathy, and some with joy and excitement.

Application
- Although today is officially Easter, the resurrection is absolutely crucial for us to remember and celebrate every day, not just one day of the year. How often do you celebrate Easter?

- When was the last time you shared the Gospel with a non-believer? Remember that it is not our job to transform them, but to merely share and proclaim the victory of Jesus to all.

A Letter to
God
The Unreached (joshuaproject.net) | Arab, Qatar (Qatar) – Islam
The Nations | Qatar, a Muslim nation in the Middle East, has passed a law that allows male citizens between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five to be drafted into compulsory military service, in order to secure regular forces. Presently Qatar has a military of approximately 12,000, mostly consisting of Arab mercenaries. Pray that the reinforcement of troops in Qatar would produce a positive outcome, and that the country would fear God.
 
 
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