Disciple (n./v.): The Gospel of Matthew
The moment for the redemption of the earth has come. Jesus is mocked, abandoned, and brutally killed. The earth shakes, saints resurrected and the temple curtain torn. “Truly this was the Son of God!”
Monday, December 16
Read Matthew 27:32-56. Jesus has been forsaken by his people, his disciples, and now his God. Why is this abandonment the worst for Jesus? What does this abandonment do for us?
Tuesday, December 17
Read Matthew 27:57-66. Compare the actions of the “rich man” Joseph to those of the religious elite. How does this parallel Jesus’ teachings about the narrow and broad way, or serving two masters (God and Mammon)?
Wednesday, December 18
After reviewing Matthew 27:32-66, read Psalm 22. Many scholars believe Jesus was reciting Psalm 22 while on the cross. What do you think? Why would it be appropriate for Jesus to do so?
Thursday, December 19
After reviewing Matthew 27:32-66, read 1 Corinthians 2. What is it about the cross of Christ that makes Paul so intent to make it the center of everything he says? How can we keep Jesus’ cross at the center of our lives?
Friday, December 20
After reviewing Matthew 27:32-66, read Romans 6. What is the connection between our baptism and Jesus’ death and resurrection? What does that mean for our daily lives?
Saturday, December 21
After reviewing Matthew 27:32-66, read Matthew 16:21, 20:17-19, 26:1-2. Jesus was right about his death. Who else was listening to these predictions? Who is listening to Jesus through your life? Are they getting the right message?
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