Tuesday Morning: 05 Mar 2019 – John 19:38-20:10 ~ he saw and believed

Tuesday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – John 19:38-20:10 (NLT)

The Burial of Jesus

Afterward Joseph of Arimathea, who had been a secret disciple of Jesus (because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate for permission to take down Jesus’ body. When Pilate gave permission, Joseph came and took the body away. With him came Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus at night. He brought about seventy-five pounds of perfumed ointment made from myrrh and aloes. Following Jewish burial custom, they wrapped Jesus’ body with the spices in long sheets of linen cloth. The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before. And so, because it was the day of preparation for the Jewish Passover and since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

The Resurrection

Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed— for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead. Then they went home.
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Morning Reflection:

“Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in,
and he saw and believed — for until then they still hadn’t understood
the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead.” – John 20:8-9

Why is the resurrection of Jesus central to our faith?

+ The resurrection of Jesus assures us of his God-sent person and mission.
+ The resurrection of Jesus assures us that our sins are forgiven.
+ The resurrection of Jesus assures us that the Holy Spirit is given to us.
+ The resurrection of Jesus assures us of eternal life through faith in him.

“If our hope in Christ is only for this life,
we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.
But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead.
He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.”

– 1 Corinthians 15:19–20

Questions for consideration:

What practical effect does Jesus’ resurrection have on your faith?
Please explain.
• What practical effect does Jesus’ resurrection have on your priorities?
Please explain.
• How can Jesus’ resurrection console those who have lost loved ones?
Please explain.
• How can Jesus’ resurrection encourage those who are disheartened?
Please explain.

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Morning Prayer: by Selwyn Hughes

Lord Jesus Christ, I rejoice and rejoice continually in Your glorious and triumphant victory over death. For Your victory is my victory. Help me to live by it, in it, and for it. I am grateful to my depths – grateful forever. Amen.
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“Because He Lives” ( Amen ) – Matt Maher

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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