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The Chronology of Jesus' Death, Burial and Resurrection

The Chronology of Jesus' Death, Burial and Resurrection

The Ark of the Covenant

The Ark of the Covenant ‎The Ark of the Covenant is a rectangular prism 2.5 cubits long, 1.5 cubits wide, and 1.5 cubits tall.

Forgiveness and Pardon

Forgiveness and PardonIsaiah 55:6-7 Excerpt It is in the free pardon that God offers the wicked that the sharpest difference between God’s thoughts and our thoughts are seen. We feel anger and outrage and call for revenge. God feels compassion and love and extends mercy. Thus God’s word is gentle and life–giving; in Isaiah’s analogy, like the gentle rain that waters the earth and causes life to spring up. What a warm and wonderful view of God (v. 10). More Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Masada

Masada ‎Masada. The fortified cliff casts a dark shadow over the surroundings lit up by the merciless sun of the Judean desert. The shadow accents and sharpens the remains of the magnificent northern palace that Herod built for himself on Masada. From the rounded upper terrace of the palace we can see Ein Gedi and—on a clear day—the plain of Jericho.

The Wilderness

The WildernessExodus 3:1 Excerpt The wilderness was not a wide, flat area of nothing but sand, as the word “desert” (3:1TEV) may imply. Rather it was a mostly dry and barren region through which Moses was leading the flock in search of seasonal pasturage. There would, however, be occasional patches of moisture and vegetation; but for the most part it was uncultivated. Nomads and their herds inhabited certain areas of the wilderness. In cultures where a wilderness is unknown, one may translate the term with a descriptive phrase; for example, “a dry, barren land,” “a rocky region,” “a place where people don’t settle,” “a place where no house is,” and so on. Translators may prefer to borrow a term from a national language and explain it in a footnote. More Osborn, Noel D., and Howard A. Hatton. A Handbook on Exodus. New York: United Bible Societies, 1999. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Mundy’s Quote for the Day

Mundy’s Quote for the Day Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
5    But Hewasfwounded 2for our transgressions, He was3bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by Hisgstripes4we are healed. 6    All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord5has laid on Him the iniquity of us all .(Isaiah 53:5-6)[1]

f [Is. 53:10; Rom. 4:25; 1 Cor. 15:3, 4] 2 Or pierced through 3 crushed g [1 Pet. 2:24, 25] 4 Blows that cut in 5 Lit. has caused to land on Him [1]The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Temptation

Temptation Excerpt The proof of Christ’s ability to understand human weakness sympathetically is found in his own experience of temptation (Hebrews 4:15). Christ was tempted in all areas in which man is tempted (Matt. 4:1–111 John 2:16), and with particular temptations suited for him. He experienced temptation to the full degree and yet did not sin. More Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Library.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

March 31

  The children of your Father which is in heaven
Matt. 5:45

The best name by which we can think of God is Father. It is a loving, deep, sweet, heart-touching, name, for the name of father is in its nature full of inborn sweetness and comfort. Therefore, also, we must confess ourselves children of God, for by this name we deeply touch our God, since there is not a sweeter sound to the father than the voice of the child.

Martin Luther


Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Osbeck, Kenneth W. Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

March 31


TELL ME THE STORIES OF JESUS William H. Parker, 1845–1929

He explained to them what was said in all of the Scriptures concerning Himself. (Luke 24:27)

Children love to hear stories. It is critically important that we build upon this natural response and fill their minds with truths about Christ that will give them a solid foundation upon which to build their lives. Although Sunday schools are important, parental influence and instruction in the home are foundations of Christian education. The stories of Jesus—His birth, His life, His death, His resurrection, His ascension, and His promised return to take us to heaven—for the child of God of any age are always fresh, exciting, and spiritually refreshing. They never grow old.
Telling the stories of Jesus must also be the mission of our Sunday schools. Portrayals of the person and work of Christ must always be the core of every Christian education curriculum along with appropriate songs that enhance the teaching of the Scripture…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

March 31st
Heedfulness v. hypocrisy in ourselves


If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and He shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. 1 John 5:16.

If we are not heedful of the way the Spirit of God works in us, we shall become spiritual hypocrites. We see where other folks are failing, and we turn our discernment into the gibe of criticism instead of into intercession on their behalf. The revelation is made to us not through the acuteness of our minds, but by the direct penetration of the Spirit of God, and if we are not heedful of the source of the revelation, we shall become criticizing centres and forget that God says—“… he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death.” Take care lest you play the hypocrite by spending all your time trying to get others right before you worship God yourself.
One of the subtlest burdens God ever puts on us as saints is this burden of discernment concerning other souls. He…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, March 31                                                Go To Evening Reading

         “With his stripes we are healed.”
— Isaiah 53:5
Pilate delivered our Lord to the lictors to be scourged. The Roman scourge was a most dreadful instrument of torture. It was made of the sinews of oxen, and sharp bones were inter-twisted every here and there among the sinews; so that every time the lash came down these pieces of bone inflicted fearful laceration, and tore off the flesh from the bone. The Saviour was, no doubt, bound to the column, and thus beaten. He had been beaten before; but this of the Roman lictors was probably the most severe of his flagellations. My soul, stand here and weep over his poor stricken body.

Believer in Jesus, can you gaze upon him without tears, as he stands before you the mirror of agonizing love? He is at once fair as the lily for innocence, and red as the rose with the crimson of his own blood. As we feel the sure and blessed healing which his stripes ha…

Connect the Testaments

March 31: Gifts and GraceNumbers 35:1–36:13; 1 Corinthians 16:1–24; Psalm 30:1–12“Yahweh spoke to Moses on the desert plains of Moab beyond the Jordan across Jericho, saying, ‘Command the children of Israel that they give to the Levites from the inheritance of their property cities to live in; and you will give to the Levites pastureland all around the cities’ ” (Num 35:1–2).The idea of giving is ancient. Before God’s people even enter the promised land, they’re commanded to help the Levites—who will be serving them as spiritual leaders—by giving them cities. Now that God has given to the people, He asks that they give back to His work. There is an opportunity for obedience, and this obedience will come with the blessing of continued spiritual guidance from the people to whom they are giving the land. But giving is not the only concept at play here.Shortly after this, God asks the people to provide refuge cities for murderers (Num 35:6–8). He institutes a system of grace—a type of hou…