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The Best Phrase in the Bible

Matthew 28:6

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

profileWhat is your favorite passage in the Bible?   Do you have one or like me – do you have several?  The devotional thought isn’t long enough to list all of my favorites but here are some of my favorites.

Romans 12:1-2 – 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Philippians 2:5 – Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Luke 15:17 – When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!’

1 Timothy 2:3-4 – 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

What are some of your favorites?  List them in the comment section today.

So – we might have some favorite passages – but what is the best phrase in the Bible?  What phrase means the most?  I’m sure there are many that mean a lot – theologically and practically – and today’s passage has to rank up there pretty high.  Jesus had been crucified – dead and buried were told in Scripture.  The disciples fled the scene and were in hiding when a couple of women went to the tomb to anoint the dead body of Jesus.  After all – they saw Him die – they saw Him buried – and it had been a few days!  Read this Easter passage – today’s passage in partial context.

Matthew 28:1-6 – 1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.   3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

Without the empty tomb – we worship a great teacher – a Rabbi of note – a person who was no different than we could be if we walked with the Father like He did.  But when we hear He has risen – no other god or earthly figure can lay claim to coming back from the dead – being resurrected.  Jesus’ victory was not just on the Cross of Calvary – defeated Satan and paying for the sins of the whole world – but it was on Easter morning when He arose!  Victory over the grave – a real proof that in Christ there is life to come – life everlasting!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

October 22, 2013 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. You already covered one favorite for me recently, 1 Corinthians 15:50-58.

    But I also enjoy Matthew 7:3-5 as a worthy reminder. Brilliant hyperbole, in His words!


    Comment by Former Catholic | October 22, 2013 | Reply

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