Thursday: The Great Commission
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Go to the World

For many people, one of the most hard-to-understand things Jesus did was to return to heaven and entrust the gospel ministry to humans. How often we disappoint Him and ourselves, and as the Gospels show, His early followers were no exception. Yet, it’s by entrusting us with ministry that Christ shows His love for us … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Risen Christ
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Jesus Appearing at Resurrection

The Christian faith centers not only on the cross but on the empty tomb. The truth is, the majority of people in the world, including non-Christians, believe that a man named Jesus of Nazareth died on a cross. Not long after Jesus lived we find historical references such as this one from Tacitus, a Roman … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Crucified and Risen
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Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Crucified and Risen” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Torn Veil and Rent Rocks
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The Veil Was Torn

Each Gospel writer told the story of Jesus from various perspectives, but all focused on His death. Matthew alone, though, records the opening of the graves after the temple veil was torn. Read Matthew 27:49-54. What is the meaning of these events? What hope do they point to for us? Jesus died right after the … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Our Crucified Substitute
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It Is Finished- Crucifixion of Jesus

“Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’” (Matt. 27:45-46, NKJV). What is the meaning of this cry? How … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Jesus or Barrabas
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Barabbas or Jesus?

Read Matthew 27:11-26. What are some of the deeper implications of the choice given to the people and the choice that they made? It was Barabbas the murderer who was supposed to be crucified on the middle cross. The criminals on either side were possibly his associates. Barabbas was not a first name but a … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Crucified and Risen
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Christ Risen

Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 27:11-26; John 3:19; Isa. 59:2; Matt. 27:45-46, Matt. 27:49-54; Heb. 8:1-6; Matt. 28:1-20. Memory Text:“‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth’” (Matthew 28:18, NKJV). An ad in a British magazine asked if someone would donate his or her body to science. It said that … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Peter’s Denial
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Peter Denies Jesus

Jesus knew beforehand about Judas’s freewill decision to betray Him, one of many instances in the Bible showing that God’s foreknowledge of our free choices in no way infringes upon the freedom of those choices. And He knew not only of Judas’s betrayal, but also that Peter, despite all his bravado, would at the crucial … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Judas Sells His Soul
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Image © Lars Justinen from GoodSalt.com

How sad the story of Judas! Had he died before his last journey to Jerusalem, he might have been among sacred history’s most venerated heroes. Church buildings could have been named after him. Instead, his name is forever linked to betrayal and treachery. Read John 6:70 and Luke 22:3. How do they help to explain … [Click to read more …]