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Friday, March 30, 2012

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Told by Matthew

    Today’s Reading:
  • Matthew 28:1 - 20
  • Psalm 34:11 - 20
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Matthew 28:1 - 20
My reading of the book of Matthew ended very abruptly today.  In 20 short verses we are told of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It is a joyous event, no doubt -- the most joyous event in history.  But I was slightly disappointed at the lack of detail of this telling. 

I think this is because reading about the death of Jesus upset me so, I was very interested in reading all the details of the resurrection and of Jesus appearing to all those he visited after he had risen.  But I also know that there are three more accounts to read through.  But until that point, I just want to say that it is so entirely wonderful that Jesus was resurrected so that God's plan for us could be complete.

Psalm 34:11 - 20
Here we are told to keep from speaking evil and lies and to do good instead.  We are told that the Lord watches over His people who are righteous and he protects them.  Verse 20 states:
"For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous; no one of them is broken!"
I love that verse, it is very powerful.  Part of me does worry about turning my life over to the Lord's will, because I know that when you are truly following God's will, the troubles and interference will build up against you.  Of course we wish it were easy, but the truth is that it is not.  But no matter what happens, it is important for us to remember that the Lord has our backs.  If there's one thing I've seen over and over again, it's that the Lord will come to our rescue.  Even when all hope is lost.  I thank the Lord for that.

Conclusion
I am very excited because I get to start a new book soon -- Mark.  One of the disadvantages of breaking these readings down so that I can get through them in a two year pace is that I feel like I am studying the same book forever. 

When I look at my readings, I see that it has taken me about 3 months to get through the book of Matthew!  I am reading 4 books at any given time, so it's not like an exclusive study of Matthew has taken so long, but I am excited about moving forward in the New Testament. 

I really have enjoyed my study of Matthew.  As much as I have learned from the Old Testament, it is Matthew so far that has given me pure inspiration in my life.  I suppose that is the way it should be, since the New Testament is our covenant with God.  I am sure that the rest of the NT will be just as fulfilling as Matthew was, and I can't wait!

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