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Today's Reading
February 14

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Pastor’s Note

Beyond the ceremonial regulations, we find many of the moral concerns of God throughout the book of Leviticus – most of which are reiterated in the New Testament after the abolition of the ceremonial rules. May we be careful not to confuse the fulfilled precepts regarding ceremonial “uncleanness”, with the overarching moral dictates that Paul says God will always “avenge” (1Th.4).

— Pastor Mike

Leviticus 18-19

Unlawful Sexual Relations

18:1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, I am the Lord your God. You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes. You shall follow my rules [1] and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the Lord.

“None of you shall approach any one of his close relatives to uncover nakedness. I am the LordYou shall not uncover the nakedness of your father, which is the nakedness of your mother; she is your mother, you shall not uncover her nakedness. You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife; it is your father’s nakedness. You shall not uncover the nakedness of your sister, your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether brought up in the family or in another home. 10 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your son’s daughter or of your daughter’s daughter, for their nakedness is your own nakedness. 11 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife’s daughter, brought up in your father’s family, since she is your sister. 12 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s sister; she is your father’s relative. 13 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister, for she is your mother’s relative. 14 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s brother, that is, you shall not approach his wife; she is your aunt. 15 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your daughter-in-law; she is your son’s wife, you shall not uncover her nakedness. 16 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your brother’s wife; it is your brother’s nakedness. 17 You shall not uncover the nakedness of a woman and of her daughter, and you shall not take her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter to uncover her nakedness; they are relatives; it is depravity. 18 And you shall not take a woman as a rival wife to her sister, uncovering her nakedness while her sister is still alive.

19 “You shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness while she is in her menstrual uncleanness. 20 And you shall not lie sexually with your neighbor’s wife and so make yourself unclean with her. 21 You shall not give any of your children to offer them [2] to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. 23 And you shall not lie with any animal and so make yourself unclean with it, neither shall any woman give herself to an animal to lie with it: it is perversion.

24 “Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these things, for by all these the nations I am driving out before you have become unclean, 25 and the land became unclean, so that I punished its iniquity, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. 26 But you shall keep my statutes and my rules and do none of these abominations, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you 27 (for the people of the land, who were before you, did all of these abominations, so that the land became unclean), 28 lest the land vomit you out when you make it unclean, as it vomited out the nation that was before you. 29 For everyone who does any of these abominations, the persons who do them shall be cut off from among their people. 30 So keep my charge never to practice any of these abominable customs that were practiced before you, and never to make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.”

The Lord Is Holy

19:1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God. Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the Lord your God.

“When you offer a sacrifice of peace offerings to the Lord, you shall offer it so that you may be accepted. It shall be eaten the same day you offer it or on the day after, and anything left over until the third day shall be burned up with fire. If it is eaten at all on the third day, it is tainted; it will not be accepted, and everyone who eats it shall bear his iniquity, because he has profaned what is holy to the Lord, and that person shall be cut off from his people.

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. 10 And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.

11 “You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another. 12 You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.

13 “You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired servant shall not remain with you all night until the morning. 14 You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.

15 “You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor. 16 You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life [3] of your neighbor: I am the Lord.

17 “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. 18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

You Shall Keep My Statutes

19 “You shall keep my statutes. You shall not let your cattle breed with a different kind. You shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor shall you wear a garment of cloth made of two kinds of material.

20 “If a man lies sexually with a woman who is a slave, assigned to another man and not yet ransomed or given her freedom, a distinction shall be made. They shall not be put to death, because she was not free; 21 but he shall bring his compensation to the Lord, to the entrance of the tent of meeting, a ram for a guilt offering. 22 And the priest shall make atonement for him with the ram of the guilt offering before the Lord for his sin that he has committed, and he shall be forgiven for the sin that he has committed.

23 “When you come into the land and plant any kind of tree for food, then you shall regard its fruit as forbidden. [4] Three years it shall be forbidden to you; it must not be eaten. 24 And in the fourth year all its fruit shall be holy, an offering of praise to the Lord25 But in the fifth year you may eat of its fruit, to increase its yield for you: I am the Lord your God.

26 “You shall not eat any flesh with the blood in it. You shall not interpret omens or tell fortunes. 27 You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard. 28 You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord.

29 “Do not profane your daughter by making her a prostitute, lest the land fall into prostitution and the land become full of depravity. 30 You shall keep my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord.

31 “Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.

32 “You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.

33 “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. 34 You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

35 “You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measures of length or weight or quantity. 36 You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin: [5] I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. 37 And you shall observe all my statutes and all my rules, and do them: I am the Lord.”

Matthew 27:32-66

The Crucifixion

32 As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross. 33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. 36 Then they sat down and kept watch over him there. 37 And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” 38 Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left. 39 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.

The Death of Jesus

45 Now from the sixth hour [6] there was darkness over all the land [7] until the ninth hour. [8] 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 47 And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” 48 And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. 49 But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” 50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.

51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. 54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son [9] of God!”

55 There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him, 56 among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

Jesus Is Buried

57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ 64 Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard [10] of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.

Footnotes

[1] 18:4 Or my just decrees; also verse 5
[2] 18:21 Hebrew to make them pass through [the fire]
[3] 19:16 Hebrew blood
[4] 19:23 Hebrew as its uncircumcision
[5] 19:36 An ephah was about 3/5 bushel or 22 liters; a hin was about 4 quarts or 3.5 liters
[6] 27:45 That is, noon
[7] 27:45 Or earth
[8] 27:45 That is, 3 p.m.
[9] 27:54 Or a son
[10] 27:65 Or Take a guard

  • Angela Ivette Radcliffe

    51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. 54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son [9] of God!”

    What a great example of God’s plans not being thwarted, there were so many temptations that Jesus faced, yet he fulfilled God’s plan and died on the cross. This moment is such a comforting moment, to depend all my hope and faith in God who will truly fulfill all he says. Remembering that even so, it is so important to fear God in this all, and let that drive my obedience and example for Christ.

    • CheriClark

      May we constantly praise Him for what he has done for us.

  • CrisFrancisco

    Daily Bible Reading for February 14, 2017

    OT

    “You shall follow my rules and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the Lord.” ‭‭Leviticus‬ ‭18:4-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬ http://bible.com/59/lev.18.4-5.esv
    Instead of conforming to the rest of the world that do not know God, as believers, we are called to holiness (being set apart) as people of God. He wants us to follow his rules and statutes (10 commandments, and not the ceremonial law) and to walk in them and to walk in step with the Holy Spirit.

    NT

    51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. (‭Matthew‬ ‭27‬:‭51‬ ESV)
    The death of Christ, the Lamb of God, at the cross was an atonement for sins of the world. This atonement paid for the penalty of sin and allows God’s chosen children to be made righteous through Christ alone.

    Through this sacrifice, we are able to approach the throne of God in prayer with boldness to find grace and help in time of our need.

    Thank you Lord Jesus for paying for our sins and making a way for us to be made right with our Heavenly Father. You loved us first so that we could know what love is. May I give thanks to you daily for your great kindness to me and may that thanksgiving be made manifest through obedience, worship and letting others know about you and what you have done.

    • CheriClark

      Yes – thank You Lord.

  • Anne Ventura

    Lev. 19: 17,32

    17 “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. 18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

    May I be that person who loves beyond myself 1 Cor 13:1-7, as I PURSUE LOVE AS SUPERIOR May I not need a day with a name to celebrate those I love, but to love unconditionally daily, especially those who are hard to love.

    32 “You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the LORD.

    Lord, thank you for giving me a heart for the old, (I’m actually there). I respect their long lives and the wisdom they carry. I pray Lord for the elderly friends I have that do not have a relationship with you. May I be a vessel to open their eyes to you Lord.

    Matthew 27:51

    And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.

    Thank you Lord Jesus, that through your sacrifice, Heaven has been opened to fellowship and prayer with the Heavenly Father. Thru you Lord, I have your Spirit that dwells within me. Thru you, I have Eternity with you. May I live worthy of your sacrifice.

    When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

    Matthew 27:54

    This is very interesting, that while the soldiers confessed Jesus as Christ, the natural heirs of the covenant were deriding their Messiah.

    • CheriClark

      Yes, that is interesting indeed. May we always be found praising Him and acknowledging Him as King.

    • Sam Funk

      So true!

  • CheriClark

    OT
    Lev 18: 4-5 4 You shall follow my rules and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the Lord your God. 5 You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the Lord.

    Then: God is giving the Israelites the rules they are to live by. They are not to live like those around them – either the ones in Egypt or in Canaan where they are going. They are to live according to God’s rules.

    Always: We as believers should live by God’s rules.

    Now: God’s rules. We are to live by them. Why? Because He is Lord. He is the Boss. If we are His children, we obey His commandments. In Lev 19:2, God expounds on this and says they are to be Holy because He is Holy. We are to be set apart; we are to be different. Are we? Do we try to blend in with our culture? Do we try to see how close we can get to the flame and still be Christian? Let’s not play games with this. We need to obey God. We need to live in a way that shouts we are Christians, because it is so different from the world. To do that we must know God’s rules. Which means we must read His Word. So let’s be students of the Word and then let us do it. May we live lives that point others to our Lord. May we live lives that bring Him honor and praise.

    NT
    Matt 27:55 55 There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him, 56 among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

    Then: The women were there with the disciples witnessing Jesus’ crucifixion.

    Always: We should always be found standing with Jesus.

    Now: They women were there. They had been with Jesus along His travels. They had witnessed His miracles and heard His teaching. And they were at His crucifixion. As hard as that must have been to watch, they did not desert Him. They stood with Jesus. They identified with Jesus. People knew they followed Jesus. What dedication to our Lord! Lord. I want that to be me. Let me be there no matter what the cost. Let others know that I follow You. Let it be evident that I am Yours. Make it obvious that I am Yours and You are mine.

    • Anne Ventura

      May I never deny my Lord. May I stand up for him under all circumstances.

  • Karen Chien

    OT “, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”

    These were some clear commandments given in the OT. How wonderful the truths of God withstand time and remains forever, such as, “I am the Lord.” Be cause He is Lord He knows all things and what is best for us. He created all things, he created us and knows is best and gave us rules to live by. Such as the commandment to love our neighbor,why is that so hard? Our neighbors can truly be our actual neighbor living next to us… it could be our neighbor at church whom we work alongside with, or the neighbor at our work place or the neighbor in our wbs group, it even means the neighbor whom we reside with-our husband,our children. Why is it so hard to love our neighbor when the Lord has commanded it. Is it because we lack the true understanding of the price Christ paid on the cross? It is our lack of understanding about forgiveness? Is it because we love ourselves too much to lay down our pride to serve and meet the needs of others? Do we see ourselves exalted above Christ and think we need to live ourselves more than His people? May I see Christ as my Lord in all areas of my life and not just when it is convenient for me. may I grab opportunities to present Christ as a fragrant aroma in hopes that one day lost souls may repent of their unfaithfulness to the one true God. And may I continue to live my neighbor to strengthen and press others on towards sanctification and a pursuit towards holiness in Christ my Savior.

    ———

    ‘After three days I will rise”

    Yes indeed after 3 days in the tomb, Jesus rose from the dead and defeated death and sins reign over us. He prevailed over deathand is alive! What a joyous celebration we have in knowing that our Christ could not stay dead. Lyrics from Pastor Ben’s song, Coronation: “Up from the grave he lay, waiting for the coming day, He rose in victory! Celebrate the Kingdom come , Coronation of the risen Son, the earth is broken death has no sting, sin in vanquished and Christ is King! Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus Come!” (Forgot some lyrics but that came to mind when reading this)

    • CheriClark

      Oh – what a great song! Yes – thank you for sharing those words.

  • Beth Metcalf

    You shall follow my rules and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the Lord. Lev.18:4-5 9 (LORD help me to live by your statues, and walk in them. You are the Lord! my God!)

    • CheriClark

      Lord, help me to do as You command.

  • Alyssa Cuccia

    The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised
    Matthew 27:52

    Reading through all of the events surrounding Jesus’ death was a reminder to me today of the great power that this act of love had. And then I began to realize that if His death was so powerful, his resurrection was even more so! Sometimes I think our focus is so much on the death of Christ that we forget to look to the power and impact of the resurrection. I’m often reminded of Romans 8:11, “if the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through the Spirit who dwells in you.”
    Praise the Lord for the resurrection power that dwells in us today if we have repented and out our faith in Christ! Let’s live by that power and go out and love those in the world today.

    • CheriClark

      Praising Him for His resurrection. Grateful for all that it means.

  • NonieS

    Leviticus 19

    1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.

    God is Holy and wants us to be holy. He is perfect and we are not; but as believers He expects us to follow His commandments and be set apart from the world. When we are with a group of unbelievers, are we different? Do we show the love of God through our actions? Our lives should show that we are different from the rest of the world.

    Matthew 27

    51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. 54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

    The curtain in the temple was very thick and to be torn from top to bottom was definitely a sign from God. Then those coming out of the tombs and appearing to many must have been scary to many and a clear sign to others. The centurion and many others were filled with awe and beleived that Jesus was the Son of God. But many were still unconvinced, just as many are not convinced today. It is our job to share the Gospel with others, because Jesus will be returning again, and we don’t want them to miss out on salvation. Maranatha!

    • CheriClark

      Grateful to be sharing the Gospel with you as we serve n NavMo.

  • Rose White

    50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.

    Thank you Jesus for the ultimate sacrifice, the saving gift of your life for the salvation of my sin. There is no greater love than your love.

    • CheriClark

      Thank You Jesus!

  • Chiara Hawley

    Paid in Full. My debt is settled in Christ. Thank you, Lord. It is finished.

    The Jewish leaders knew that Jesus prophesied He would die and raise Himself up three days later. (v. 63) Amazing! They were, all along, playing into the will and prophesied plans of God–thinking, futilely, they were stopping Jesus and, ultimately, God. Thank you, God, that when we feel like the world is winning, we know they are actually just playing into your decreed will and plans–none of which is thwarted or delayed. There is such peace in this truth!

    • CheriClark

      Thankful that He is in control. He is on His throne. The battle is won. The victory is secured!

  • Sam Funk

    Lev 18:4 You shall follow my rules and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the Lord your God. 5 You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the Lord.

    I person would have be really “blind” to not see or understand what God has stated. He is God, he makes the rules, we are commanded to know, follow and obey his rules.

    Lev 19:34 You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

    If more people acted this way we would indeed see an improvement in the country in terms of acce[tance. I’m surprised at the number of people I meet who call themselves Christian but degrade of because of their religion, skin color, country of origin, political affiliation, health, wealth and more.

    Matt 27:57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.

    Surprisingly, there is no protest or question of Joseph’s motivation, I guess money talked then, too. Joseph did what was right even though it could have very costly. In fact it may have been, but scripture does not reveal any repercussions that he may have had to endure.

    • CheriClark

      may we always be willing to stand for Jesus – no matter the cost.

  • RyanDamato

    Leviticus 18-
    3 You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes.

    God’s instruction to his people was all about holiness. The problem they faced as a culture was that they needed to ignore the example of what they grew up with and they need to refrain from blending into the culture of where they were going to be living next. God tells them to do it because he is holy. His intent on them being set apart from the other nations was for them to see that their God was different….better….the one and only true and faithful God.
    Christians are called to be set apart from the world. We can not be conformed to the patterns of society or the patterns that we may have grown up with. No matter what lies ahead, we must stand firm on the rock and obey his commands no matter what the culture is telling us.
    Thank you, God, for your word! I pray that you help me to live it out even in the midst of pressure and influence. I pray that you help me to keep my eyes on the cross and be forever thankful for your great love. For those reasons, I want to remain steadfast in living out the commands you’ve given me.

    Matthew 27-
    40 and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

    It’s amazing to see how rude and mean people are to a dying man. The things they shouted were so uneducated and they had a huge eye opener about to happen to them. The Christ hung and endured the pain and suffering of taking on the sins of the world and would soon rebuild the temple as he would conquer death for all mankind.
    We need to stand up for Jesus. Thinking about what he went through and the fact that he fulfilled all his promises of his death even amidst the verbal abuse that he had every bit of power to overcome, should give us an extra sense of standing up for him no matter what situation we might find ourselves in.
    Thank you Jesus! What you did for me on the cross and what you’ve done in my life up to this point gives me so much appreciation and love for salvation! I pray that my life would be lived to honor you and praise you for what you went through for me!

  • Stephanie Schwartz

    Matthew 27:66
    So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.

    How awesome to see God using man’s sinful intentions to achieve ultimate good. Because the tomb was secure, the miraculous nature of Jesus’ resurrection was made more evident. I thank you God that though you allow some degree of sovereignty and free will to all of mankind, your ultimate sovereignty overrides every one of us.

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