3:16 Plan - Week 17 - Day 5 - Year 3 - Luke 24:44-53, John 20:30-31, John 21:25

Be open-minded to God’s ways and understanding will come!

Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word 

Luke 24:45 - Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.

Read - Luke 24:44–53; John 20:30–31; 21:25

https://www.blueletterbible.org/tools/MultiVerse.cfm?s=006CJt                                                

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Often times we don’t quite get it just like these two disciples on the road.  Yet, Jesus is glad to open our minds up when we surrender what we think we know and decide to be open to what He knows with absolute certainty. 

Yield

Lord, I commit my life to Knowing You better.  

Extra Discovery

39 Old Testament Books.  27 New Testament Books.  There could have been many more…John 21:25. 

Revelation

Once Mended by Jesus, we are Morphed by His Spirit.  A primary gift of that Morphing is a change in our Mindset.  This transforms our worldview.  It resets how we think about things and what we expect.  Is your Mind reset? 


3:16 Plan - Week 17 - Day 4 Year 3 - Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:15-18

Jesus gives us His Great Co-Mission not His great suggestion.Our purpose on the planet is inter-twined with this call of God!

Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word

Matthew 28:20 - And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Read - Matthew 28:16–20; Mark 16:15–18

https://www.blueletterbible.org/tools/MultiVerse.cfm?s=006B9G

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Jesus reminds the disciples that there is work to do and it is a work that He has all authority to accomplish.  He will do this through faithful followers who serve on mission for Him. Is that you?

Yield

Lord, I commit to your Mission and thank You that You are with me always.

Extra Discovery

https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-missions.html

Revelation

Some worshiped and some doubted.  Even after seeing the Risen Christ, the devil was operating with his deceit.  Yet God had given Jesus all authority to send His ambassadors out to share His Gospel with the planet so that many could come to be Mended by Jesus and Know, Love and Obediently Serve Him forever. 

3:16 Plan - Week 17 - Day 3 - Year 3 - John 21:1-24

Sometimes we are uncertain what to do…even then, Jesus is with us and ready to direct or re-direct us towards His Mission. 

Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word 

John 21:3 - Simon Peter said, "I'm going fishing." "We'll come, too," they all said.

Read - John 21:1–24

https://www.blueletterbible.org/tools/MultiVerse.cfm?s=006B93                                                

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Jesus again appears to His disciples.  This time He re-creates one of His early miracles that would remind them of their calling to ‘fish for souls’ rather than for profit.  Peter takes a swim and is then restores to His ministry after his betrayal.  We serve a God of mercy and grace who doesn’t give up on us.  

Yield

Lord, I will seek out Your mission for my life and stay true to it. 

Extra Discovery

https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-Peter-do-you-love-me.html 

Revelation

As Jesus restores and forgives Peter, we see the assurance that once we are Mended, Jesus will keep us.  Even when we fall, He is there to call us to return to the closeness in Him.  We can be Misled into sin (as Peter was) but we can’t be moved outside of the great position He has graciously given us as His children.  Once adopted, always His.  


3:16 Plan - Week 17 - Day 2 - Year 3- Luke 24:13-43, John 20:19-29

A lot can transpire when we walk with Jesus. 


Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word 


Luke 24:15 - As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. 


Read - Luke 24:13–43; John 20:19–29

https://www.blueletterbible.org/tools/MultiVerse.cfm?s=006Ab1                                                 


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What things?  Jesus liked to ask questions to get His followers to think.  He still does that.  As Jesus listened to their burdens He knew exactly how to care for them…He shared with them how the ‘tough things’ they had experienced fit into God’s big plan.  Often times, tough things still fit into God’s plan better than we know. 


Yield


Lord, I will walk with You rather than try and run ahead. 


Extra Discovery


The disciples remembered the encounter from Luke 22:19 when Jesus once again broke the bread. 


Revelation


All the Old Testament was pointing forward to Christ yet many missed it.  How could that be?  To Know God means to Know His Word and to Know it in context.  This takes diligence for sure but it also takes a humility and reliance upon the Lord.  As Jesus-Followers, we are aided by the Holy Spirit who Morph’s our Mindset so that we can better Know God and His will and way.  


3:16 Plan - Week 17 - Day 1 - Year 3 - Matthew 28:11-15

A bribe confused some about the resurrection but Jesus physical return assured the faithful and countless millions of others.  

Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word 

Matthew 28:12 - A meeting with the elders was called, and they decided to give the soldiers a large bribe.

Read - Matthew 28:11–15

https://www.blueletterbible.org/tools/MultiVerse.cfm?s=006A7F                                                

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They had to do something about this empty tomb.  They went to all the trouble to kill Jesus and be rid of His teachings and now He was missing.  ‘The Bribe’ was put into place and it spread to many who could have come to faith in Christ.  Let’s make sure that the enemy’s lies never prevent us from faithful response to God. 

Yield

Lord, I will trust You today.  Give me faith.  

Extra Discovery

https://www.christiantoday.com/article/why-did-the-chief-priests-bribe-the-soldiers-guarding-jesus-tomb/127911.htm 

Revelation

As we grow to Know, Love and Serve God, Satan strives to Deceive, Divide and Destroy.  Even at the empty tomb, he crafted his lies and led many astray.  How do we overcome such blatant distractions to our faith?  By the power of God’s Holy Spirit!  As we surrender to Him, He empowers us, our faith and our life.  


3:16 Plan - Week 16 - Day 5 - Year 3 - Matthew 28:8-10

Fear and Joy are rarely complimentary but are often present together in us.  Let’s make sure that we allow joy to rise and fear to diminish.   

Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word 

Matthew 28:9 - And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him.

Read - Matthew 28:8–10

https://www.blueletterbible.org/tools/MultiVerse.cfm?s=0068gX                                               

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Off they go, the ladies run home to tell the rest of the disciples about the empty tomb.  On the way, they run straight into the Risen Christ and get to worship Him.  Let’s make sure we aren’t so busy running to tell others about Jesus that we miss the opportunities to worship Him along the way!

Yield

Lord, I will worship You today Jesus.  

Extra Discovery

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/women-empty-tomb/ 

Revelation

When we recognize Jesus life-giving Power can raise from the dead we get moving.  First, we move to repent of the sin that Marr’s us and place our faith in Him as Savior so we can be Mended.  Then God Morph’s us by His Holy Spirit so that we have the power to live the life He created us for!  From there, we may run the race that God has called us to run!  



3:16 Plan - Week 16 - Day 4 - Year 3 - Mark 16:9-11, John 20:11-18

No stolen body controversies here!  Jesus appears to the first of His followers.  

Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word 

John 20:13 - Dear woman, why are you crying?" the angels asked her.

Read -Mark 16:9–11; John 20:11–18

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No longer just an empty tomb, Jesus reveals Himself to Mary Magdalene and comforts her in her un-needed grief.  Let your faith be bolstered by His appearing.  

Yield

Lord, I will cling to you as my ascended and Risen Savior. 

Extra Discovery

https://www.heartlight.org/wjd/john/1215-wjd.html - our clinging to Jesus best not keep us from obeying Him. 

Revelation

Mary Magdalene had changed from a woman possessed to a woman who had given herself fully to God as a Christ-follower.  This transition wasn’t overnight although some of its biggest changes were.  When God Mends us through Jesus we can see some changes quickly and others slowly.  Whether quick or slow, she would now be given the opportunity to be the first to see the Risen Lord and hear His voice.  No matter how Marred you were or are, when Jesus Mends you then your life can turn to amazing!