Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Morning Moments with God: Day 122

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Day 122: May It Never Be Said of  Me
Please read the Bible verses for today:
Matthew 27:62-66

This account only appears in the book of Matthew. 

The Guard at the Tomb

62 "The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.” 
"This last deception will be worse than the first." (Matthew 27:64b) According to the chief priests and the Pharisees,  His first 'deception' would be that He was the Messiah. In their minds, Jesus' second 'deception' would be that He is the Son of God. It is hard for me to believe that after seeing Jesus go to the cross so humbly and die so freely, (and say on the cross, 'forgive them for they know not what they are doing.') the chief priests and Pharisees called Jesus the "deceiver." Satan is the deceiver, certainly not Jesus. 
65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard." (Matthew 27:62-66) 
Pray with me:
Father, I pray that I will see what you want me to see and not what I want to see. Give me your eyes to the truth. I want to know and see your truth. I know that through past hurts and fears my vision has become blurred. I am offended easier. I hurt longer. And to forgive wholly takes even longer. Jesus, I never want to be blind like the chief priests and Pharisees. I want to see you and follow the truth no matter how much it stings my pride, or touches on my fears. By your truth, set me free. I want to be free to love, free to forgive, free to have joy. In Jesus' Name, Amen. 

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