The Lamb of God Is Resurrected

Read Ezekiel 37:1-14 with Matthew 28:1-15

The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ began his exaltation by the Father. Matthew shows the supernatural witness given to the resurrection with the earthquake and angelic presence announcing the glorious event. The stone was rolled away, not for Christ to come out, but to show he had already risen, and the tomb was empty. Jesus’ resurrection has secured our justification, our surety of redemption and our comfort in life and death.

The Lamb of God Dies

Read Matthew 27:45-56 with Psalm 22

In the death of Christ on the cross, Matthew records three supernatural events - the three hours of darkness, the veil ripped from top to bottom, and the opening of the tombs and resurrection of saints; these are paralleled with statements from and about the Lord Jesus: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.”, Jesus when he cried with a loud voice he gave up his spirit, “Truly this was the Son of God.” Through these events and statements we see three wondrous works of Christ’s death - his quenching God’s wrath against us; his opening the way into the Holiest of places, God’s throne room; the death of death itself.

The Worthiness of Jesus' Death

Read Matthew 26:1-16

J.I. Paker wrote: “those who suppose that the doctrine of God's grace tends to encourage moral laxity are simply showing that, in the most literal sense, they do not know what they are talking about. For love awakens love in return; and love, once awakened, desires to give pleasure.” The “very costly” act of devotion Mary exhibited in anointing Christ for his burial, demonstrated a heart that grasped the gospel love of Jesus dying on the cross.

A Good and Faithful Servant

Read Proverbs 26:13-16 with Matthew 25:14-30

The parable of the talents must been kept in context of the teaching on the return of Jesus Christ. In this parable Jesus is addressing the visible church, contrasting true and living faith with, what James calls, dead faith. The wicked and lazy servant did not love his Lord’s appearing [2Tim.4:8] and was not hastening that day [2Peter 3:12] with good and faithful service. How are you using the talents Christ, in accordance with your abilities, has given you?