April 27, Reading 3 – Mark 16

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One practice over the centuries for Christian families has been to read one of the four resurrection accounts out loud to the family every Sunday. It strengthens the soul to hear these wonderful words again and again.

SJA Notes

“Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here.”

HE HAS RISEN!

These are the wonderful words that we hold tight and remember each week as we meet together on the Lord’s day.

He has risen – He is not in the tomb!

The hold of death was broken for us – As we read in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

In Christ we have eternal life, not death. This is the wonderful good news that we are to bring to all those we meet.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Mighty God,

Your plan was always Jesus. Thank You.

Through Him we have life, and life to the full – Thank You.

Please help us to be courageous and bold in telling people about Jesus, about this wonderful good news.

Amen.

April 26, Reading 3 – Mark 15:24-47

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Mark’s account of the Temple curtain is given in a way that would tell most with Romans – as witnessed by the Centurion’s testimony. The torn curtain showed most effectively that in Jesus’ death and abandonment sin had been atoned for in a most remarkable and eternal way.

SJA Notes

It shouldn’t surprise us today the lengths people will go to in order to stay secure in their blindness to reality. We see stubborn hearts and blind eyes today as we see them back at Golgotha.

Look at these people, they walked past and shook their heads at Jesus!

The King of Kings, made a mockery as though He was in stocks getting rotten fruit thrown at Him.

Jesus was made to seem of little importance by folk out on their evening stroll; Folk who knew what He had said about destroying the temple, and in quoting Him didn’t even realise they were seeing that truth in front of their very eyes!

“Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!”

How thankful we can be that Jesus chose to save us instead, to die on the cross, be buried and crush the serpent’s head.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Father God,

Please open the eyes of those around us we pray, that we would see Your kingdom spread.

Please save and sanctify Your people Lord God.

This we pray,

Amen.

April 25, Reading 3 – Mark 15:1-23

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In this Gospel for Romans, Pilate is drawn in stark colours. His decision to crucify Jesus was formed by political expediency, and was against his understanding of Jesus’ complete innocence. How does Jesus fare today in our media and from our political leaders?

SJA Notes

“But they shouted all the more, ‘Crucify him.'”

Can you hear the crowd as they bay for blood? Ragged voices screaming for the murder of the Righteous One, the Son of God?

This was the crowd that cried “Hosanna!” only a week before.

This was the crowd that listened to Him teach and preach, that no doubt benefited from His healing work, that watched as He poured Himself out in ministry.

And they cried loud for death.

In the book of Romans chapter 3 we read, “For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

We were all as the crowd, separated from God by that great chasm that pays no heed to wealth or power. Our sin.

But, in chapter 5 of Romans we read, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”

Jesus died to save His enemies, even though we may rail against Him in unbelief, even if we might have bayed for His blood.

This is our King and Lord.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* God Above,

While we were still enemies the death of Jesus Your Son reconciled us to You.

Thank You!

Amen.