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Matthew 28 – Just as He said He would

Good afternoon y’all. Thanks be to God we made it through the book of Matthew. We will be studying the last chapter today 🙂

Few announcements for those who are following the blogging through the bible plan. We will be on Spring break from April 9th until Monday, April 20th.

On Monday, April 20th we begin the Book of Leviticus  one chapter a day until May 26th.

For more information on blogging through the bible and spring break, see Courtney’s blog at women living well

Be blessed 🙂

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“Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.” (Matthew 28:5-7 NLT)

The phrase “Just as He said He would” was what caught my attention in those verses. Jesus had told His disciples that He would resurrect on the third day but it seemed like the disciple and women didn’t fully understand or believe Him. Hence when they went on the 3rd day, they were expecting to still see Him dead but instead they found an empty tomb because He had resurrected as He said He would. Hallelujah!!!! Jesus is aqlive and lives forever 🙂

This made me ponder how often we doubt as well. God gives us a promise but it’s like we don’t fully believe He can do what He promised because in our own eyes it looks impossible but we must always remember that with God all things are possible (Luke 1:37).

Today, be hopeful that whatever promises God has given you, He will do just as He said. He can be trusted to do what He says. He is too faithful to deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13). He watches over His word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). He is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19). He said His word will not return to him void until it has accomplished what it was sent to do (Isaiah 55:11)

Be encouraged, there is a dawning of a new day for you. Keep believing and trusting him knowing He is able to do what He has said he would do.

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Have a blessed day 🙂

***With God all things are possible***

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Matthew 27

Good Evening y’all. Today we are looking at Matthew 27.

Be blessed.

This chapter details Jesus crucifixion but one bit that struck me was the Judas part in verses 3-5.

“When Judas, who had betrayed him, realized that Jesus had been condemned to die, he was filled with remorse. So he took the thirty pieces of silver back to the leading priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he declared, “for I have betrayed an innocent man.” “What do we care?” they retorted. “That’s your problem.” Then Judas threw the silver coins down in the Temple and went out and hanged himself”. (Matthew 27:3-5 NLT)

In yesterday’s chapter, Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, but in today’s chapter, he was full of remorse for what he had done and He went back to the religious leaders to return their money. I’m not sure what exactly he was expecting from the leaders but i’m sure their reaction wasn’t what he wanted. Perhaps he wanted something to relief him of the guilt, something to soothe his aching soul.

How often we find ourselves in that position, where we know we have done something wrong but rather than ask for forgiveness, we look for things or people to ease our guilt.

The devil will entice, then sets up a trap and once we fall into it, he leaves us to pick up the pieces by ourself. That was exactly what happened to Judas. It was interesting to see that the religious leader were quick to help him betray Jesus, but after he had done what they needed him to do, they didn’t care about how he felt or the remorse he was feeling. Basically he was used and dumped. The guilt was so much that he hung himself. He felt that was the only way out of the mess he found himself in.

I wonder if he had repented and cried out to God for forgiveness, I’m sure God would have forgiven him and given him a new start. But the enemy led him to believe their was no hope for him and he hung himself.

I don’t know where you are right now, maybe you feel you have done so much that God can’t forgive you. That’s a lie. Scripture tells us that if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all our unrighteousness (1John 1:9). God is ready and willing to forgive us, he is waiting for us to call on him and ask for mercy.

He said in isaiah if your sins are red as scarlet, I will make them white as snow

 “Come now, let’s settle this,”
    says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
    I will make them as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson,
    I will make them as white as wool”.
(Isaiah 1:18 NLT)

Jesus loves us so much and that’s why He went to the cross for us. Let’s turn to him with a sincere heart and cry for mercy and forgiveness today and He will forgive us.

“then if my people will humble themselves and pray, and search for me, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear them from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land”.(2 Chronicles 7:14 TLB)

Prayer:
Dear Lord we thank you for today. We come before you and ask for your mercy and forgiveness for all the times we’ve betrayed you. Pls help us to remain close to you. Thank you Jesus for going to the cross for us and for giving us a new start. In Jesus Name. Amen

Thank you for joining today.

Have a blessed evening.

***With God all things are possible***