April 15, 2020 Daily Devotion

The scripture reading for today is Matthew 28 verses 1-10, KJV.

"In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. And for fear of him the keepers did shake and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said, Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly. and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet and worshiped him. Then said Jesus unto them,”Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me."

When we receive these devotion assignments. we get three options. We are allowed to make the choices as to which one will be the devotion you see and read. I had the option of this one, Joshua 3, verses 1 to 17, or Psalm 118, verse 1 and 2 then 14 through 24. Any of these would have worked. The Holy Spirit lead me to this one.

Look closely at this story of the empty tomb. First, the women get there first. Then, while they are at the entrance, the Angel of the Lord comes down from heaven, rolls away the stone, removes the "keepers" (probably guards for Rome or Herod), and then SITS on the stone! Now, as this point, I would have probably run away.

Yet, the women stayed. How? Why? They stayed by their faith in the Lord. They were curious as to what happened to Jesus. The angel gave them their answers. He also reminded them of what Jesus had told them before his death. Still they even went inside to see the empty tomb. Not just staying there with the angel of the Lord. They moved even closer towards him and the place he as seated. Talk about being led by faith!

The writer tells us the angel had countenance like lightning and raiment as white as snow. Remember, God created all things. Both earthly and heavenly. God also raised Jesus from the dead. The empty tomb may be the greatest sign we are given by God.

One other point. Jesus is alive! He is risen! Not "has" but "is"! Great is the Lord and most worthy of our praise! This should be our daily song.

Russ Nixon


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