Today we continue reading in Matthew 28. It's the story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, after his cruel crucifixion and 3 days in the tomb. It's the record of his commission to take the good news of the gospel to the world.
1. As you read the story, put yourself into the picture. How did the women feel ... and the other disciples? What was going on in their heart and head? Reflect on their emotions over the days leading up to this time.
2. Reflect on what the historical resurrection of Jesus means to us today (see 1 Corinthians 15), and the hope that it provides us.
1 Cor.15:58. My dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
3. Reflect on the amazing truth that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead now lives in you.
Rom.8:11. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
4. What does it mean to identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus in our own life? In what ways does baptism signify this experience?
Rom.6:4. We died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
5. Reflect on and pray about your commission into the world today, as Jesus' representative and witness to his life. Pray for those in your world who don't yet know Christ and that you will have an opportunity to share with them.