Wednesday 20 April 2022

Matthew 26:69-75 (NIV)

69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. 70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. 71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!” 73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.” 74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Sometimes I wonder why people tell lies. Is it to protect themselves and or protect others? I can tell you definitely that I have told lies in my life. Perhaps not so frequently now that I am an adult, perhaps more when I was a child or a teenager. I can vaguely remember my childish mind thinking that lying was a quick way of getting out of a tricky situation that I did not want to be in or I lied simply to protect other people.  At times telling the truth can be really difficult and it can come with unwanted consequences. Being caught out telling a lie can be one of the most morally conflicting moments.  Our contemporary society still considers lying to be destructive and deceitful.

Peter shows us his true human self in this passage. He is called upon by a girl who says to him that he was with Jesus. Peter takes this first opportunity to deny what she is saying and then denies others another two times. Jesus foretold Peter at the Last Supper, that he would deny Him yet Peter could not believe that this would happen. I believe that, in that moment when Peter was questioned about being with Jesus, he was scared. He was scared of incarceration or losing his life and he made a bad decision to be untruthful. Peter knew when the cock crowed that he had definitely made the wrong decision because it fulfilled Jesus’ prophecy. I think Peter knew how wrong he had been to deny the living Messiah, Jesus Christ. 

Dear God, Thank you for using everyday people such as Peter, to show the fragility and imperfection of humanity. Thank you for giving us our own minds to decide what is right and wrong. Forgive us daily for our trespasses. Thank you for loving us despite our imperfections.

Amen

Written by Susannah Ware

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  1. Sue Botta says:

    Thank you
    I am so encouraged by this story – Jesus warned Peter – yet Peter failed at this moment of testing. Even being questioned by a woman!

    Jesus had such compassion to warn Peter.

    I believe this was a turning point for Peter to live his life for Jesus even unto death. His sorrow for his failure in this test, brought about such repentance it laid the foundation for his future courage.

    May I learn from my current failures to bring about such repentance that it forges an undeniable scar on my heart for future testings.

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Tuesday 19 April 2022

Matthew 26:57-68 (NIV)

57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. 58 But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome. 59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward 61 and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’ ” 62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 63 But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” 64 “You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66 What do you think?” “He is worthy of death,” they answered. 67 Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him 68 and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?”

In this passage, Jesus’ response to the priest’s question, “Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God”, caught my attention. The first thing Jesus says is “You have said so”. In classic Jesus fashion, He sees the heart of man. Jesus’ response is like He’s saying to the priest ‘deep down you know who I am, but you fear this truth so you cannot acknowledge it’.

Jesus’ response continues as he says, “from now on you will see”. Jesus challenges the view they have of Him, saying that He will no longer be the accused who is forced to stand in front of man for judgement. Instead, it will be evident that He is the Messiah, the Son of God because He will be in the presence of the Father, seated in the place of highest honour.

This passage has reminded me again of the magnificence of who Christ is. That he is the Son of God, our Messiah, who is seated in the place of highest honour in the presence of God. I am confronted to consider times where, like the priest, I have questioned or perhaps not surrendered myself fully to this truth.  

Lord, thank you that you are our Messiah, the Son of God. When I struggle to believe, please soften my heart, and help me to yield every part of my life to you. Amen.

Written by Ps Andrea Molteno

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Monday 18 April 2022

Matthew 26:47-56 (NIV)

47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him. 50 Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.” Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51 With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?” 55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

This passage emphasises Jesus’ love.

Look at the contrasts between Jesus and others. As Judas betrayed him (with a kiss) Jesus called him friend. As one of the disciples tried to defend him, Jesus said “Put your sword away”.

Jesus’ statement that God would send angels to defend him if he asked him to emphasises that he willingly gave himself to torture and death. He showed love to those who betrayed and arrested him, and he submitted to death because of his love for us. And in the midst of this, the disciples fled and left him.

How would I have responded if I was there? Sadly, if I’m honest, I suspect that my running skills would have equalled those of the disciples.

Today, we have the benefit of hindsight. We can recognise that Jesus’ acceptance of betrayal and death was for our sakes – because of his love for us. It makes me sad that Jesus was deserted by those closest to him, at the time he needed them most. And it makes me sad that my sin led to his dreadful suffering and death. And so it should. But as I dwell again in his sacrifice, I can recognise afresh his love for me.

“Lord, help us not to shy away from the enormity of your sacrifice, but rather let the love it expresses move us afresh. Help me to never forget your love for me.”

Written by Megan Cornell

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Sunday 17 April 2022

Matthew 26:31-46 (NIV)

31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: “ ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.” 34 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” 35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same. 36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” 40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” 43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. 45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Observation

 This passage of Scripture shows that Jesus was truly God and human at the same time.  Jesus was able to foresee that the disciples would betray him, Peter would deny him three times and the disciples were unable to persevere in prayer.  We see here that Jesus was familiar with the disciples’ humanity while at the same time we see Jesus humanity too in his wrestling with God’s will or his own.  Interestingly, Jesus asked God his father three times if he really needed to endure his upcoming death.  Ultimately, Jesus sought to do God’s will even if it meant dying.

Application

It was not easy for Jesus to be obedient and put the will of his Father above his own.  We read of the distress and the anguish it caused him.  As followers of Jesus we too are called to be obedient to the Father’s will and not our own.  So what tips can we take from Jesus example?  Firstly, he knew the will of the Father.  God’s will was clear to Jesus.  Secondly, when things got tough Jesus cried out to God in prayer. Jesus was real with God, what he faced and what he felt.  Finally, Jesus declared, “Not my will but yours be done.”  Jesus gave voice to the direction he should take and his steps followed.

Prayer

Dear Lord, help me to know and understand your will clearly as I wait upon you and read your word.  Please help me to be obedient and do your will in my life.  Amen

 Written by Ps Ainslie Woods

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  1. Claire Moore says:

    Jesus knee God the Father was in control. He trusted the Father even though he knew it would be painful and they would be separated. God’s will always happens. He is always working for our good.

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Saturday 16 April 2022

Matthew 26:17-30 (NIV)

17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’ ” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover. 20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21 And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” 22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?” 23 Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” 25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?” Jesus answered, “You have said so.” 26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” 27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” 30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

This is probably a passage you may have heard or read many times. The second half is one of the passages often used during communion. I noticed a couple of things as I read this passage today that I have never noticed before.

Verse 30 talks about the disciples and Jesus singing a hymn or a psalm at the end of the Passover meal. A beautiful reminder that, when we worship with music, we are just doing the same thing as Jesus. Maybe finishing a meal in worship is something we can try.

The interaction between Jesus and Judas was also interesting. Jesus effectively confirms that Judas is the one who will betray Him but no one else at the table appears to notice. I can imagine the meal was a loud affair – it was a celebration and there were many people in the room – but surely the other disciples would have noticed. Given their surprise when Judas does betray Jesus, it appears not. If I was at dinner with Jesus, I think I would pay attention to every word He said – wouldn’t you? They were relaxed, He was their friend/mate and they were just having dinner. Do I have that sort of relationship with Jesus?

Dear Lord, thank you for the amazing details you include in the stories you give us. The little details that paint such pictures for us – of the richness of relationship and the intricacies of life. Help us to include worship of you more in our daily lives. Help us to build relationship with you such that we are just so comfortable in your presence. Help us to pay attention to all that you say – to not miss anything. Thank you so much. Amen.

Written by Therese Manning

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Friday 15 April 2022

Matthew 26:1-16 (NIV)

1 When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2 “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” 3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 4 and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 5 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.” 6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. 8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. 9 “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” 10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” 14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

Passover. Exodus 12 describes the original Passover. God’s people were to slaughter a lamb and spread the blood above their doorways as protection from God’s judgement. They were to prepare the lamb in a very specific way. God’s instructions were detailed and clear. 

Here in Matthew 26, we see the Passover lamb that God has actually been carefully preparing since the beginning of time. His own Son. Scripture has been pointing to this moment. Jesus has been speaking of this moment. And in God’s beautiful way He allows individual people to be part of this moment. Here a woman is allowed to be the one to pour the oil over Jesus, anointing him for burial. She is the one allowed to prepare God’s only Son for the moment that will rip His heart in two, but will forever allow us to live under the protection of His blood. 

Lord, thank you that we get to be part of your plan in ways we cannot always see. Thank you for your blood, Jesus, under whose covering I am free. Thank you that in this world of suffering we follow a God who did not spare Himself from suffering, but chose it for our sakes. Amen

Written by Rhiannon Mellor

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Thursday 14 April 2022

Matthew 25:31-46 (NIV)

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

I find these words from Jesus to be both wonderful and terrifying.

Wonderful because it tells me the kind of kingdom that Jesus is establishing. A kingdom full of care, love and healing. A kingdom where the down and out are lifted up and restored. A kingdom where I do not need to worry about myself, because others are looking out for me.

These words are terrifying because Jesus will establish his Kingdom by removing and excluding the selfish and self-centred.

Jesus is calling me to repent of my obsession with myself. He is calling me to live with a mind set on the needs of others. He is calling me to be immersed in His love for me.

“Lord Jesus it all begins with you. You loved me first. So, Lord, may I love with the love you have given me. Set me free from a mind set on myself. Unleash my mind to be set on the needs of others. Amen!”

Written by Andrew Mellor

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Wednesday 13 April 2022

Matthew 25:14-30 (NIV)

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ 21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ 23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ 26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. 28 “ ‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Since I was a small child, I have heard countless Sunday school lessons/sermons on this passage. Wise words on not squandering what God has given. Is there an imaginary line in our heads where one side of the line is mine and what falls on the other side of the line is what’s God’s – because slaves pretty much had nothing, whatever they had was their master’s? So what’s in the bag God has given you right now? Maybe like the people in the parable it’s finances, where you have the opportunity to invest and bless. But maybe your bag is full of Faith, or maybe wisdom, or practical resources and opportunity, or maybe your bag just now is that God has placed you where you have the ear of others. Whatever it is I want to be able to see what God has placed before me, for my use. And I want to be courageous and step out and use what He has given for his glory. Because it doesn’t matter what the next person has or what they are doing. I want to be able to report back to God that I used what he has given for his glory! 

Heavenly Father, I thank you for ALL that you have given me. Lord, help me see the possibilities before me to bring Glory to you. Help me to be fearless for your name. Help me not to take my faith for granted. Bless me Lord as I step into the day you have for me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

Written by Christine Knight

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  1. Richard says:

    Chris – Love it!

    One of the things that catches my eye in this passage is that the ‘reward’ given to each of the first two servants is identical. This is one of the things that inspires me about God. He is not about amounts, He is about faithfulness and faith. Each of the servants had a 100% return, it is simply that the return was greater or lesser based on the initial amount given, yet so often in our culture of ‘bigger is better’ we could focus on one getting 5 the other only 2 – but this is NOT God’s focus. God is looking for the faith applied and the faithfulness with which this faith is applied and He sees two people do well.

    I am also taken by the description of the servant who is lazy. ‘Wicked’ is such a strong term and the punishment is powerful.

    What do I learn from this story?

    God has given me gifts/talents/aptitudes/learnings/education and He has a fair expectation that I will use them, and for His glory. Not using them will mean I am receive no commendation, in fact I will be punished, using them to the best of my ability will result in reward.

    Father, may I perceive what You have given me accurately and employ these gifts/talents/aptitudes/learnings/education to the best of my ability in Your grace and for Your glory.

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Tuesday 12 April 2022

Matthew 25:1-13 (NIV)

1 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ 9 “ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ 12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ 13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

The Passion Translation writes verse 6 as “Get up! The bridegroom is here. Come out and have an encounter with him”.

Reading that verse reminded me of something that happened yesterday. After a hard day at work, I was feeling tired and discouraged. I had been wrestling feelings of shame and even during the day I had prayed “Holy Spirit I need your help. I can’t fight this shame on my own”. So, at the end of the day, I hopped in the car and turned the Christian radio station on. A song started to play. The opening lines were, “I want you as you are, not as you ought to be. Won’t you let down your guard and come to Me. The shame that grips you now is crippling. It breaks my heart to see you suffering” (Drops in the Ocean by Hawk Nelson).

Well, I was caught off guard and overwhelmed by how specifically Jesus was speaking to me in that moment. In fact, it was too much for this little heart of mine to deal with. So, I said, “Later Lord. When I get home, I’ll sit with you and listen to the song again and let you speak to me then”.

But I didn’t. I stood him up.

I got busy at home doing important things like, I don’t know – household chores and scrolling on social media?

Just like the bridegroom who was on his way to meet the virgins, Jesus was wanting to meet with me. But just like to virgins who were busy and missed their chance for an encounter with the bridegroom, I missed an opportunity to encounter Jesus in that moment because I didn’t expect him to show up in the car nor did I show up when I said I would.

Holy Spirit, just like that someone who shouted out in verse 6, call me and draw me out so that I may encounter Jesus, especially in those moments when I really need him. May I truly expect Jesus to show up to meet me during my day.

Written by Gab Martin

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Monday 11 April 2022

Matthew 24:32-51 (NIV)

32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. 42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. 45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Jesus continues speaking prophetically to his disciples. Using several vivid descriptions of what it will be like when the Father brings the age to an end and Jesus himself returns, he gives us some warnings. There will not be any doubt which day this will be – all will see it.

When I was a new Christian, I was fearful of this passage but I’ve come to understand there is nothing to fear as a believer in Jesus. Jesus tells us what we need to concentrate on, to keep watch v42 and be ready v44, be faithful and wise servants v45, that if we continue to be faithful in what he has called us to do it will be good v46, in fact we will be rewarded when that day does come v47.

Lord, thank you that there is no fear for your return for believers. I pray that we will all keep our eyes firmly focused on you, with the part we are to play in faithfully serving you and your kingdom as we live and wait for you to come again.

Written by Suzie Hodgson

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