Lent Day 40

Today’s Bible Reading:
John 19:28-42

The Resurrection
1Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 2She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
3Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. 4They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. 6Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, 7while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. 8Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed—9for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead. 10Then they went home.
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
11Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. 12She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13“Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her.
“Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”
14She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. 15“Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?”
She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”
16“Mary!” Jesus said.
She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).
17“Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
18Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” Then she gave them his message.
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
19That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. 20As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! 21Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” 22Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Jesus Appears to Thomas
24One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. 25They told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”
26Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”
28“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.
29Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”
Purpose of the Book
30The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. 31But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.

Verse of the Day:

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Devotional Reading:

This is it! The Resurrection of our Savior – Jesus Christ!

This is what He said would happen and the moment that sets our Lord apart from all others.

He is ALIVE and RISEN! Hallelujah!

Doesn’t it feel like we’re getting to celebrate Easter early??

Let’s talk about Thomas. How many of us would have done the exact same thing??? Yes, we have doubt. We have to see for ourselves. Especially those of us that are a bit more hard headed 🙂

But Jesus tells us this:

29Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

That is what faith is all about – believing without seeing. We must trust that God is the Great I Am!

He has a plan. Jesus Christ was part of that plan.

And we are part of that plan.

He wants to reside within us and to be a part of our everyday – not just on Sunday, not just at Easter or Christmas. He longs for a relationship like we have with no other.

He will not disappoint. He will not forsake us.

And just like when Jesus appeared to the disciples in that locked room, he wants to give us PEACE. A peace that passes all understanding. A peace that can’t be explained. A peace that carries us when we can’t take another step. A peace that calms the storms of life.

I am so thankful that we’ve studied these words together over the past 40 days. I’m thankful for you and I’m thankful for God’s Word that is still alive and sharper than a two edged sword. May His instructions be hidden in our hearts and may we continue to observe this week leading up to Easter basking in all that Jesus did – just for you and for me.

~Starr

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10 thoughts on “Lent Day 40

    1. Brian, thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting me. Thank you for giving the girls baths and never complaining when I spend time writing. I know it has been a sacrifice and I appreciate you giving me room to grow and learn. Thank you for reading and commenting. Thank you for always editing my mistakes. Thank you for being a spiritual leader in our family. Thank you for all that you are. I love you so very much.

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  1. Starr, thank you for taking us on this journey with you! You have a gift of words and your comments show that you’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on just the right thing to say that will encourage and motivate others. I’m so glad that I’m blessed to be part of this season of your life. Your walk with God encourages and uplifts me. I am proud to be your mom but I know that all good things come from The
    Lord. Keep the faith and you will have no regrets. I love you more than you will ever know.

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    1. Mom – you truly are one of my biggest fans and I appreciate that you always take time to comment. Thank you for encouraging me when things get tough. Thank you for teaching me how to see the positives in life. You remember that journal you gave me a few years ago – well I haven’t been very good at writing in that. But, we’ve been good at sharing here. Hopefully one day my girls can go back and see what their family has been founded on. I should print these blogs out for them!! Love you more, mom!

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  2. Starr

    Thank you for your including me in this Bible Study. Thank you for all you hard work and for the many hours you have spent studying and praying and seeking God’s guidance as you take us on the journey of our Lord and Saviour during this time of Easter. You are such a blessing to me and I consider it a blessing from God to be your friend. Lots of love to you and your sweet family!!!

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    1. I’m so glad you joined us, Lisa! You have always been a blessing to me and I’m glad to still have you in my life after all these years. I absolutely love being able to connect with all my Tennessee peeps more than just 1x a year! Love you, friend!! ❤

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