Monday April 4 The Old Testament Promised that Jesus was coming- Isaiah 53 

Isaiah was written about 700 years before Jesus was born. Yet the accuracy of his prophecy about the coming Messiah and how he would take the guilt of our sins (transgressions & iniquities), bear our punishment and make a way for us to be “healed” (forgiven of our sins) is remarkable! Read this passage slowly, carefully and realize that the suffering servant in Isaiah 53 is Jesus! He himself said he was the fulfillment of these prophecies in Luke 22:37. He is bearing the sin of many, and making intercession for sinners…FOR YOU! 

Tuesday April 5 Jesus is Born- Luke 2:1-40

Often we think of this passage as the “Christmas Story” and it is. However, it’s so much more than just a Christmas story.  Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas if it weren’t for an empty tomb! As we look forward to Easter, remember that the baby born in a manger was on a mission! He would take the guilt of our sins upon himself and be punished in our place! He would be killed & buried but on the third day, He would rise!

Wednesday April 6 John the Baptist Prepares the Way for Jesus- Matthew 3

John the Baptist was Jesus’ cousin sent by God to prepare people for the coming of the Messiah. In this passage we hear a summary of John’s preaching and get to see Jesus’ baptism. God was pleased with his son!

Thursday April 7 Jesus Teaches in Parables Matthew 13- 

Often in his teaching ministry Jesus used Parables to make a point. A parable is a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. In this chapter we see Jesus use a number of these parables to teach crowds of people the lessons he wanted them to learn. Read through each of these carefully and ask the question, what is Jesus trying to say to me through this?  In the case of the parable of the Sower, he will explain it fully at the end of the chapter to his disciples.  After reading the parable of the Sower, what type of soil do you think you are?

Friday April 8 Jesus Teaches- Matthew 18

Today you are reading a sample of Jesus’ teaching. There are a variety of topics covered in Chapter 18, humility, forgiveness, dealing with conflict. Take time to think through each of the topics and situations talked about today by Jesus. How could following his teaching in these areas affect your life?

Saturday April 9  A Woman Caught in Adultery. John 8:1-11 

Jesus’ opponents were trying to find a way to trap him to make him look back. If he spoke against killing the woman, he would be in violation of the old testament Law. If he spoke in favor of killing her, he would be opposing Roman law that forbid the Jewish people from carrying out capital punishment. The result is a beautiful picture of the Gospel! Jesus knew he would soon take this women’s guilt upon himself. He would not condemn her. Instead, he challenged her to “go and sin no more.” Jesus didn’t come to condemn, but to save! He sought not to destroy life, but rather to transform it! Have you been transformed by Jesus?

Sunday April 10 – Palm Sunday- Matthew 21:1-17 

Palm Sunday when Jesus arrives in Jerusalem. This begins Jesus last week on earth or what is often called Passion Week. The crowds that met him that Sunday spread their cloaks before him and laid palms on the road in front of him.  They thought that He had come to restore their nation to greatness.  But Jesus came for much larger purpose – He came to set them free from their sin.  These same crowds would turn on him by the end of the week and shout “crucify Him, crucify Him!” 

Monday April 11 Nicodemus meets Jesus- John 3:1-21

Nicodemus was a leader within the Jewish community and a member of its ruling counsel, called the Sanhedrin.  The Bible does not tell us why he came to see Jesus, but the conversation is one of the most important in the entire Bible.  Jesus tells Nicodemus that he needs to experience a radical change in his life – he must be born again!  Without this radical change, Jesus says it will be impossible to enter the Kingdom of God.  Jesus goes on to show that this amazing transformation takes place because God sent His Son to give His life for us and that eternal life is available to anyone who will believe in Him. Do you believe?

Tuesday April 12 Jesus has power over illness, Demons and Nature! Mark 4:35-5:43

In these passages, Jesus demonstrates that He has authority over the physical realm by calming a storm the spiritual powers by freeing a man possessed by a demon; and even life itself. Later, His greatest demonstration of his authority would come when he laid down His life for us on the cross and took it back up through His resurrection three-days later (John 10:18) If Jesus has that kind of authority, why wouldn’t we trust Him with every area of our lives? 

Wednesday April 13 Who is this Jesus?- Matthew 16

The Pharisees and Sadducees were religious leaders who opposed Jesus throughout His ministry.  In spite of the numerous ways Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecy they refused to believe He was the long-awaited Messiah/Christ.  In Matthew 16:13-20, Jesus cuts to the heart of this matter when He asks His disciples about His identity.  Peter confesses that Jesus is the Messiah, but also that He is more than man, He is the Son of God. Who is Jesus to you?

Thursday April 14 The last supper, Jesus is arrested, the  Mark 14

The timing of Jesus’ crucifixion is very important because it coincides with the Jewish celebration of the Passover.  The Passover in the Old Testament was a celebration of how God had delivered the Jewish people from bondage in Egypt.  When Jesus celebrated the Passover meal with His disciples, He used the same elements – broken bread and wine – to show His disciples how He would deliver them from their sin through His death on the cross. Later that evening He was arrested, and the disciples were scattered but after they were restored the Lord’s Supper became a regular part of the worship in the church. It serves as a reminder to us every time we observe it, that Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sin. 

Friday April 15 The Crucifixion- Mark 15

The Friday of the week of Easter is called good Friday. Mark 15 covers the last days of Jesus’ life and the circumstances leading to his crucifixion. It is hard to imagine the despair of Jesus’ friends on that fateful day. It’s important to remember that Jesus was not blindsided by these events. In fact, as we saw in our reading from Isaiah 53 on day one, He was a man on a mission. All that was happening was His idea! He was doing all of this to save humans from their sins! When we see the horrors of the cross and all Jesus went through, we should be reminded of two important things. 1. Our sin is great! 2. His love for us is greater!

Saturday April 16- The Resurrection- Luke 24

“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen” Perhaps the greatest word’s ever spoken! The tomb is empty! Our sins have been atoned for! Death has been defeated! We can have life in Jesus! This is GOOD NEWS! 

Sunday April 17  The Great Commission- Acts 1:6-11, Matthew 28:16-20

God’s plan of salvation is finished and we can be redeemed by Him because the tomb is empty! However, the mission of God has just begun. Now, our risen Savior commissions us to the task! Take the Gospel to the ends of the earth so that EVERYONE has a chance to hear about Jesus, turn from their sins and worship God! Every believer in Jesus is called to the task of sharing the Gospel with friends, family and the World! What are you doing to fulfill God’s call on your life to Go?