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The NIV Standard Lesson Sunday School Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013, ed

 March 31
Lesson 5
THE LORD LIVES

DEVOTIONAL READING: Luke 24:22–26
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Luke 24:1–35




KEY VERSE
"Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight."—Luke 24:31


The NIV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013, ed. Ronald L. Nickelson and Jonathan Underwood (Cincinnati, OH: Standard, 2012). 265.

The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary Sunday School Lesson, 2012–2013

March 31
Lesson 5
THE LORD LIVES

DEVOTIONAL READING: Luke 24:22–26
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Luke 24:1–35

LUKE 24:13–21, 28–35


KEY VERSE
"And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight."—Luke 24:31


The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013, ed. Ronald L. Nickelson and Jonathan Underwood (Cincinnati, OH: Standard, 2012). 265.


Morning and Evening: Daily Readings, Complete and unabridged; New modern edition

Morning, April 28      Go To Evening Reading

   “Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.” 
         — Psalm 119:49

Whatever your especial need may be, you may readily find some promise in the Bible suited to it. Are you faint and feeble because your way is rough and you are weary? Here is the promise—“He giveth power to the faint.” When you read such a promise, take it back to the great Promiser, and ask him to fulfil his own word. Are you seeking after Christ, and thirsting for closer communion with him? This promise shines like a star upon you—“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Take that promise to the throne continually; do not plead anything else, but go to God over and over again with this—“Lord, thou hast said it, do as thou hast said.” Are you distressed because of sin, and burdened with the heavy load of your iniquities? Listen to these words—“I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgre…

Morning and Evening: Daily Readings, Complete and unabridged; New modern edition

Morning, April 27      Go To Evening Reading

 “God, even our own God.” 
         — Psalm 67:6

It is strange how little use we make of the spiritual blessings which God gives us, but it is stranger still how little use we make of God himself. Though he is “our own God,” we apply ourselves but little to him, and ask but little of him. How seldom do we ask counsel at the hands of the Lord! How often do we go about our business, without seeking his guidance! In our troubles how constantly do we strive to bear our burdens ourselves, instead of casting them upon the Lord, that he may sustain us! This is not because we may not, for the Lord seems to say, “I am thine, soul, come and make use of me as thou wilt; thou mayst freely come to my store, and the oftener the more welcome.” It is our own fault if we make not free with the riches of our God. Then, since thou hast such a friend, and he invites thee, draw from him daily. Never want whilst thou hast a God to go to; never fear or faint whils…

Morning and Evening : Daily Readings

Morning, March 27      Go To Evening Reading

         “Then all the disciples forsook him and fled.” 
         — Matthew 26:56

He never deserted them, but they in cowardly fear of their lives, fled from him in the very beginning of his sufferings. This is but one instructive instance of the frailty of all believers if left to themselves; they are but sheep at the best, and they flee when the wolf cometh. They had all been warned of the danger, and had promised to die rather than leave their Master; and yet they were seized with sudden panic, and took to their heels. It may be, that I, at the opening of this day, have braced up my mind to bear a trial for the Lord’s sake, and I imagine myself to be certain to exhibit perfect fidelity; but let me be very jealous of myself, lest having the same evil heart of unbelief, I should depart from my Lord as the apostles did. It is one thing to promise, and quite another to perform. It would have been to their eternal honour to have stood at Jesus’…

Oh Good Gracious

March 27: Oh Good Gracious
1 Corinthians 15:1–11

“By the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Cor. 15:10). These humble words from the Apostle Paul are startling. For many, humility is a difficult virtue. It’s one that countless among us must work on every day. Paul had it figured out. His answer is quite simple: I am what I am because God is gracious.
Just prior to speaking this humble phrase, Paul said, “For I am the least of the apostles, not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God” (1 Cor. 15:9). Paul understood that he had done wrong by Christ and believers. And he recognized that he was able to rely on it—not as a burden of guilt to carry—as a reminder that all he has is a gift from God. This is what kept him humble.
I have found the best way to remind myself of the need for humility—and to try to live it—is to regularly speak about my past. I certainly have not mastered this, but I have found it works when I practice it. So, here it goes: due to two sei…