foundations

In the early centuries of church history, the Hebrew foundations of Christianity were removed due to anti-Jewish biases and the cost to both Jews and Christians was huge. Context and culture are incredibly important for understanding the Bible correctly. Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper was painted in 1498 and over half a millennia later …Read More

Encouragement to read God’s Word daily…

Dear friend, If you’ve recently started reading our devotional, The Word for Today… you’ve made a really good choice. Now I’d like to encourage you to now go the extra step of forming the good habit of setting aside a little time for each daily devotion and Bible readings. This very simple routine will help …Read More

Closing the Gap

Dear friends, The gap has never been wider. Recently the church has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The distance between the average Australian and God’s Word has perhaps never been as great as today. Add in busy lifestyles, a persuasive entertainment culture, and ‘always on’ media and you have a population …Read More

Sharing Gospel-seeds Throughout Australia

Dear friends, SEEDS are amazing, aren’t they? So tiny, yet one seed can produce a massive tree that gives us air to breathe, food to eat, shade on a hot day, and materials for tools and shelter. They stabilise the soil and provide a home for the birds and other wildlife. In the 231 years …Read More

Draw Closer to God, Through His Word

Dear friend, Would you say that you hear from God? Often times we might think God is silent because we haven’t seen that big bold sign we’re looking for. But often we miss what He’s trying to tell us because we’re too busy! The real question is—are we actually listening? The best place to start …Read More

Today's Word For Today reading

The Unique Resurrection Of Jesus (1)

‘I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever!’ Revelation 1:18 NLT

The fact that Jesus arose from the dead isn’t what makes Him unique. The Bible records other resurrections, both before and after His. Yet in two amazing ways His resurrection was unlike any other; let’s look at them:

(1) His was the only resurrection foretold in advance. David prophesied of Jesus: ‘For You will not leave My soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.’ (Psalm 16:10 NLT) And Isaiah foretold life for Him beyond His crucifixion. ‘When you make His soul an offering for sin… He shall prolong His days.’ (Isaiah 53:10 NKJV) Jesus actually forecast His resurrection from death. ‘Jesus began to explain to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem… be killed and on the third day be raised to life.’ (Matthew 16:21 NIV)

(2) Only Jesus had the authority to take up His life again. His enemies deemed Him a helpless victim of their determined efforts to eradicate Him and His mission. But they were wrong on all counts! He said, ‘No one can take My life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again.’ (John 10:18 NLT) All of Rome’s might and the hatred of his Jewish persecutors couldn’t eliminate Jesus or nullify His cause. He needed no help. In His death and in His resurrection, He was always at the helm. ‘Destroy this temple [My body], and in three days I will raise it up.’ (John 2:19 NLT) And God did! He’s alive forevermore!

SoulFood: Num 1–2, Luke 23:50–56, Ps 144:1–8, Pro 10:19–21

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019

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