Introduction to the Passion of Jesus
Death and Resurrection of Jesus
Yesterday brought us to the conclusion of our readings on the Sermon on the Mount. For the next eight weeks, the daily devotionals will be based on the passages in the Bible that describe to us the events leading up to and including the death and resurrection of Jesus. We will be looking at these events in chronological order as recorded in all four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
The main purpose for Jesus’ coming was to open the door of forgiveness to all people by his dying on the cross and then rising from the dead. His resurrection is not only a victory over death, it witnesses to the immense power of God himself. Only he who created life can resurrect it, only he can eradicate the consequences of sin, only he can bring us back into a relationship with himself! The story of Jesus death and resurrection is the story of our reconciliation to God! These devotionals will remind you of Jesus’ incredible sacrifice and encourage you to live in his love and grace.
As you prepare your mind and heart for the inspiration and challenge of what the death and resurrection means for you personally, consider two quotes by world-renowned pastors and one important passage of scripture:
Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world. That cross and resurrection at the core of the Gospel is the only hope for humanity. Wherever you go, ask God for wisdom on how to get that Gospel in, even in the toughest situations of life. –Ravi Zacharias
The best news of the Christian gospel is that the supremely glorious Creator of the universe has acted in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection to remove every obstacle between us and himself so that we may find everlasting joy in seeing and savoring his infinite beauty. –John Piper
He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: “The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.” –Luke 24:6-7