Deep in their grief, the women went to the tomb to finish preparing Jesus’ body for burial. They should have known better, their efforts, though beautifully loving, were unnecessary. Jesus is alive! The tomb is empty! The angels reminded them of the words Jesus told them, how he’d be handed over to sinful men, crucified, died, buried, but on the third day he’d rise from the dead.

The disciples, the Eleven, didn’t believe the women. Peter checked it out for himself. They were right, they told the truth. Jesus body wasn’t there. He began to wonder. Together the disciples started putting the pieces in place. Jesus is alive!

Jesus died to pay for our sins. This is fact. We either mock it and only try to get something out of it, or we receive it in faith and accept it. Jesus offers forgiveness, righteousness and true life. As you read and reflect on the passages this week, consider what this new life looks like!

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            “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

 John 1:4-5 NIrV









Galatians 2:11-21

Colossians 1:24-29

John 10:1-21

1 Cor. 13

John 13:31-38

2 Cor. 9:6-15


Questions to think about as you read:

  1. What stands out from Sunday’s passage? If you could dig deeper into one part of it, what would it be?
  2. God’s faithfulness gives life, what does Paul say about life in Christ in Galatians 2:11-21?
  3. Colossians 1:27 teaches that Christ is our hope of glory. In Romans 3:23, Paul says “all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Glory refers to God’s perfect moral character, His image. How do these two passages relate to each other?
  4. If, as we see in Galatians and Colossians, that Christ is our hope for living, truly living, what does John 10:10 and the surrounding verses teach us about living in Christ?
  5. What does 1 Corinthians teach us about God’s love? How can we show that love to others?
  6. Jesus gives us a new command, to love one another. Even though Peter denied him three times, Jesus loved him and restored him. Have you ever felt that your sin was so bad that God couldn’t love you? Have you ever been so hurt by others that you can’t love them? How does knowing God’s love for you, encourage you to accept his love and to love others?
  7. This coming Sunday is GEMS Sunday: Be a Blessing. Start thinking of ways in which you can be a blessing to others!