Today's Devotions

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Showcase:Dealing with Pride

  • Everlasting Love: U2 video +

    Everlasting Love by U2 The amazingly wonderful way that love from God opens up ones life and the power of Read More
  • The Weakness of My Motivations +

    What motivates me? Often it is pleasure—reading a good book, skiing, playing with the kids, sex, even work. I enjoy Read More
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Don  Carsonhttp://www.esvbible.org/search/Exodus+21/

http://www.esvbible.org/search/Luke+24/

http://www.esvbible.org/search/Job+39/

http://www.esvbible.org/search/2+Corinthians+9/

THE FIRST TWO VERSES of the following poem are a meditation on part of Luke 24:1-8, 13-25. The last two verses draw on other resurrection accounts (John 20:24-29; Heb. 2:14-15; 1 Cor. 15:50-58). It may be sung to the Londonderry Air ("Danny Boy").

They came alone: some women who remembered him,
Bowed down with spices to anoint his corpse.
Through darkened streets, they wept their way to honor him –
The one whose death had shattered all their hopes.
"Why do you look for life among the sepulchers?
He is not here. He' s risen, as he said.
Remember how he told you while in Galilee:
The Son of Man will die — and rise up from the dead."

The two walked home, a study in defeat and loss,
Explaining to a stranger why the gloom –
How Jesus seemed to be the King before his cross,
How all their hopes lay buried in his tomb.
"How slow you are to see Christ' s glorious pilgrimage
Ran through the cross" — and then he broke the bread.
Their eyes were opened, and they grasped the Scripture' s truth:
The man who taught them had arisen from the dead.

He was a skeptic: not for him that easy faith
That swaps the truth for sentimental sigh.
Unless he saw the nail marks in his hands himself,
And touched his side, he' d not believe the lie.
Then Jesus came, although the doors were shut and locked.
"Repent of doubt, and reach into my side;
Trace out the wounds that nails left in my broken hands.
And understand that I who speaks to you once died."

Long years have passed, and still we face the fear of death,
Which steals our loved ones, leaving us undone,
And still confronts us, beckoning with icy breath,
The final terror when life' s course is run.
But this I know: the Savior passed this way before,
His body clothed in immortality.
The sting' s been drawn: the power of sin has been destroyed.
We sing: Death has been swallowed up in victory.

Exodus 21; Luke 24; Job 39; 2 Corinthians 9

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

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Favorites

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Hidden Blessings

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