"There arose a new king over Egypt, who knew not Joseph." - Exodus 1:8
Jesus: "Here, touch my wounds." Thomas: "My Lord and my God."
When Nixon henchman Chuck Colson came to Christ at a moment of political and personal crisis in 1973, little did I dream what it would mean for my own spiritual journey.
"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word." - I Peter 2:2
Simon Peter, denier of Jesus, spoke from experience when he wrote of faith tried by fire.
"Jesus said to Simon Peter, 'Lovest thou me more than these?'" - John 21:15
"Jesus said to her, 'Mary.'" - John 20:16
"O fools, and slow of heart to believe." - Luke 24:25
The day after Jesus rose from the dead is "the first day of the rest of our life" for all mankind.
"You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified? He is risen. He is not here. Behold the place where he lay." - Mark 16:6
"So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch." - Matthew 27:66
"If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross." - Matthew 27:40
"See in his hands the print of the nails." - John 20:25
"In that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial." - Matthew 26:12
"At midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him." - Matthew 25:6
Father, these next seven days, help me to identify hour by hour with the sacrificial obedience and selfless love of your Son, our Lord.
"Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick." - John 11:3
How are we to measure the prosperity of our soul?
What's dividing the faithful? Who's rallying us to unite? Who hates us most?
"If thou shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?" - Psalm 130:3