Day 1 of 365
1 The Sabbath was over, and it was almost daybreak on Sunday when Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 Suddenly a strong earthquake struck, and the Lord's angel came down from heaven. He rolled away the stone and sat on it. 3 The angel looked as bright as lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards shook from fear and fell down, as though they were dead. 5 The angel said to the women, “Don't be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was nailed to a cross. 6 He isn't here! God has raised him to life, just as Jesus said he would. Come, see the place where his body was lying. 7 Now hurry! Tell his disciples that he has been raised to life and is on his way to Galilee. Go there, and you will see him. That is what I came to tell you.” 8 The women were frightened and yet very happy, as they hurried from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them and greeted them. They went near him, held on to his feet, and worshipped him. 10 Then Jesus said, “Don't be afraid! Tell my followers to go to Galilee. They will see me there.”
God connect with me here, as I seek you in your Word.
Have you ever experienced both fear and joy at the same time? It’s an odd but exhilarating mixture of emotions! For some it happens when they jump out of a plane with nothing but a parachute keeping them from plummeting to earth. For others, it happens when they get up to sing in church.
Jesus told the two women in today’s reading to find the disciples and tell them to meet him in Galilee. Although frightened, they didn't allow their anxiety to keep them from doing what the Lord asked. There are many circumstances that may hinder us emotionally from doing God’s will. Some Christians are married to unbelievers who have negative feelings toward the church. Others are timid about sharing their faith with unsaved friends and coworkers because they don’t want to be ridiculed. But God is able to overcome all of these circumstances – all you have to do is ask.
When you’re sharing the Good News of salvation with others, He will provide you with the ability and the opportunity to proclaim His message. This is an excellent certainty and conviction to establish in your life as a new year is about to unfold!
Ask God to give you the courage and wisdom to tell others about Him and to share His love with those in need.
Lord, I pray that you will not only give me the chance to witness to friends and neighbours but also that you will provide me with both the courage to speak and the wisdom to say the right things.
TO KNOW MORE
1 With all my heart
I praise the LORD,
and with all that I am
I praise his holy name! 2 With all my heart
I praise the LORD!
I will never forget
how kind he has been. 3 The LORD forgives our sins,
heals us when we are sick, 4 and protects us from death.
His kindness and love
are a crown on our heads. 5 Each day that we live,
he provides for our needs
and gives us the strength
of a young eagle. 6 For all who are ill-treated,
the LORD brings justice. 7 He taught his Law to Moses
and showed all Israel
what he could do. 8 The LORD is merciful!
He is kind and patient,
and his love never fails. 9 The LORD won't always be angry
and point out our sins; 10 he doesn't punish us
as our sins deserve. 11 How great is God's love for all
who worship him?
Greater than the distance
between heaven and earth! 12 How far has the LORD taken
our sins from us?
Further than the distance
from east to west! 13 Just as parents are kind
to their children,
the LORD is kind
to all who worship him, 14 because he knows
we are made of dust. 15 We humans are like grass
or wild flowers
that quickly bloom. 16 But a scorching wind blows,
and they quickly wither
to be for ever forgotten. 17 The LORD is always kind
to those who worship him,
and he keeps his promises
to their descendants 18 who faithfully obey him. 19 God has set up his kingdom
in heaven, and he rules
the whole creation. 20 All you mighty angels,
who obey God's commands,
come and praise your LORD! 21 All you thousands
who serve and obey God,
come and praise your LORD! 22 All God's creation
and all that he rules,
come and praise your LORD!
With all my heart
I praise the LORD!
1 We must give our full attention to what we were told, so that we won't drift away. 2 The message spoken by angels proved to be true, and all who disobeyed or rejected it were punished as they deserved. 3 So if we refuse this great way of being saved, how can we hope to escape? The Lord himself was the first to tell about it, and people who heard the message proved to us that it was true. 4 God himself showed that his message was true by performing all kinds of powerful miracles and wonders. He also gave his Holy Spirit to anyone he chose to. 5 We know that God did not put the future world under the power of angels. 6 Somewhere in the Scriptures someone says to God,
“What makes you care
about us humans?
Why are you concerned
for weaklings such as we? 7 You made us lower
than the angels
for a while.
Yet you have crowned us
with glory and honour. 8 And you have put everything
under our power!”
God has put everything under our power and has not left anything out of our power. But we still don't see it all under our power. 9 What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels. Because of God's wonderful kindness, Jesus died for everyone. And now that Jesus has suffered and died, he is crowned with glory and honour! 10 Everything belongs to God, and all things were created by his power. So God did the right thing when he made Jesus perfect by suffering, as Jesus led many of God's children to be saved and to share in his glory. 11 Jesus and the people he makes holy all belong to the same family. That is why he isn't ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters. 12 He even said to God,
“I will tell them your name
and sing your praises
when they come together
to worship.” 13 He also said,
“I will trust God.”
Then he said,
“Here I am with the children
God has given me.” 14 We are people of flesh and blood. That is why Jesus became one of us. He died to destroy the devil, who had power over death. 15 But he also died to rescue all of us who live each day in fear of dying. 16 Jesus clearly did not come to help angels, but he did come to help Abraham's descendants. 17 He had to be one of us, so that he could serve God as our merciful and faithful high priest and sacrifice himself for the forgiveness of our sins. 18 And now that Jesus has suffered and was tempted, he can help anyone else who is tempted.
Contemporary English Version Copyright © 1995 American Bible Society. British usage edition. Anglicisations © 1997 British and Foreign Bible Society