Easter season: New life through Jesus

God is God anyway But the one who endures to the end Will be saved. Matthew 24:13   Read 2 Kings 5:9—19 I’m not sure how to regard Naaman, except that he is so like me. He was a powerful man (that’s not like me), an army commander, reduced to desperation by leprosy. He was…

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Easter season: New life through Jesus

Walking in newness of life Just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, So we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4   Read John 5:5—11 Tonight I have the opportunity for a face-to-face with Jesus. I think of this man, thirty-eight years an invalid. Thirty-eight years…

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Easter season: New life through Jesus

Liberty in Christ Then I will teach transgressors your ways, And sinners will return to you. Psalm 51:13   Read Colossians 2:9—15 Never! Never must I forget the sheer liberty I have in Christ Jesus. The record of this very day, all its shames, all its little compromises, the responsibilities I failed to assume, the…

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Easter season: New life through Jesus

My Lord and my God That you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, And that through believing you may have life in his name. John 20:31   Read John 20:24—29 I live among people who are firm, I would say solid, brick-hard in belief. And among those who…

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Easter season: The resurrection victory

Do not hold onto me Hark! His gracious lips bestow Blessings on his church below. Charles Wesley   Read John 20:11—18 ‘Do not hold onto me.’ I need to think about this word of Jesus to Mary and the reason for it. Because I also would hold onto him. Emotionally, I would want to hold…

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Easter season: The resurrection victory

My entire direction is set Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness. Psalm 100:1—2   Read Matthew 28:16—20 I think about those rather tentative disciples, some worshipping, some doubting, at the place Jesus appointed to meet with them. They go away from that encounter with a promise,…

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Easter season: The resurrection victory

The one I cannot think about I thank you that you have answered me And have become my salvation. Psalm 118:21   Read Luke 24:1—9 There is something wrong with the whole exercise if I am sitting here tonight thinking about Jesus. Thinking about him. Thoughts like this: he is not among the dead. Thinking…

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Easter season: The resurrection victory

Jesus, my Bible Scripture is the cradle Within which Christ lies. Martin Luther   Read Luke 24:36—49 The presence of Jesus will never stop unsettling me. As I come to my evening devotion it would be very suitable to me if he could be with me as a familiar companion. I could be contented at…

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