Prepare for Easter: Daily Devotions from Billy Graham

By   •   April 12, 2017   •   Topics: , ,

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Easter is a time when we celebrate God’s love and sacrifice for us. These meditations for the remaining days leading to Easter Sunday include reflections on Jesus’ death and resurrection. As you prepare your heart for Easter, find renewed meaning in these verses and insight from Billy Graham:

THURSDAY

Read: 1 Corinthians 15:35–43

As we approach the celebration of Good Friday, I’m reminded of the seven sayings of Jesus from the cross and the glory and the power in each saying.

Jesus was alone. He had come to His own, and His own did not receive Him. When He was being arrested in the garden of Gethsemane, we are told that “all the disciples deserted him and fled” (Matthew 26:56). The crowds who had so recently shouted, “Hosanna!” would soon shout, “Crucify him! … Crucify him!” (Matthew 21:9, 27:22–23).

Now even His loyal Twelve had left. And at last we hear Him cry out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34). Not only had He been forsaken by His human companions, but now in that desperate and lonely hour, He—because He was bearing our sins in His own body on the cross—had been forsaken by God. Jesus was enduring the suffering and judgment of Hell for you and for me.

How can you show your gratitude to God for allowing His Son to endure the shame and suffering of the cross?

FRIDAY

Read: 1 Corinthians 15:44–49

Good Friday celebrates the day our Lord died for our sins on the cross. I have often sat by the hour and tried to imagine the agony and suffering He went through because of our sins. At one point He said from the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30). He meant that God had accepted His work on the cross as the penalty for our sins.

Christ’s death on our behalf is the reason God can forgive us and still be just. And His death teaches us the depth and breadth that there should be in our forgiveness of one another.

While that holy Friday was tremendous, it was only a prelude to Sunday morning when He was raised from the dead. Godly women had come to see His tomb, but angels made the glorious announcement, “He has risen!” (Luke 24:6). His resurrection guaranteed that we, too, will be raised, if we are believers and obeyers of His Word.

As you celebrate the truth that Jesus came from Heaven to redeem you, are you reflecting His likeness to those around you?

SATURDAY

Read: 1 Corinthians 15:50–54

From Genesis to Revelation, we are warned that “it is later than you think.” Paul writes to Christians in Romans 13:11–12: “The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”

There are millions of people around the world who do not have peace at this moment because they have never found the secret of peace. Some of them may have riches today as a result of greed and covetousness; but their souls are lean, their hearts are cold toward God, their consciences are dulled, and their minds are blinded.

They need to know that there is a God of marvelous love who sent His Son Jesus Christ to this world. And as a demonstration of His mercy, Christ—who is the Prince of Peace—went to the cross to make a way for peace between God and mankind.

Are you living in the reality of Jesus’ victory over death? In what tangible ways can you share that victory with others so that they, too, can have life?

EASTER SUNDAY

Read: 1 Corinthians 15:55–58

Easter is a season of great gladness for those who know Christ. But for those who are without “the light of the knowledge of God’s glory” (2 Corinthians 4:6), there is nothing to rejoice over.

Jesus left us with the great hope and certainty that He is going to return to bring a new Heaven and a new earth where, we are told, there will be no more sorrow, trouble, or death for those who have believed and followed Him. There will be trouble, sorrow, and suffering for those who have neglected or rejected Him.

As Christians, our great task is to obey the command to tell the whole world about Christ crucified, buried, yet risen again. My prayer for you during this season of the year, when we meditate on our Savior’s great sacrifice for us on the cross, is that you will be filled with great peace and hope, because “He is risen!” That is the Good News.

As you follow Christ, are you obeying His command to tell others that He is risen indeed?

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30 Comments

  1. Karen Joyce says:

    God is Good!

  2. Doreen says:

    Hi, I would like to know how to raise children in Christ Jesus. Also to know in-depth knowledge of Christianity

  3. Neal Futrell says:

    Yes praise God that Jesus is indeed risen with all power! We need to be living in that resurrection power!

  4. Mason Burnette says:

    HE IS RISEN! PRAISE the LORD! AMAZING GRACE!

  5. Martha Whittington says:

    I would like to receive Jesus in my life. I have backslided and I need Jesus so much and receive the Holy Spirit.

  6. Leah M.Schaeffer says:

    Christ is risen !! 💋💋💝💝😇😇😇😇

  7. Mark says:

    Why do churches not have the Lord’s Supper every Sunday? I know we have faith in Jesus Christ and Him dying on the Cross and He being risen on the 3rd day but some churches say it’s a symbolism to be Baptize in water instead of Spirit of Grace. Churches are not doing right my friend. Churches now are waiting to die because they have no enjoyment and rejoicing in the Lord. They act like they are at a Funeral instead worshiping the Lord with people actually singing, praising, and raising their hands in enjoyment for saying Blessed is the Lord. Well done my faithful son! Amen

    Thanks
    Mr Mark

  8. lois colvin says:

    What a joy we can have the life rid of sin if we only ask, and accept what he has for us. A life where he covered our sins when he hung on the cross. No greater gift. Thank you Jesus, Amen

  9. Martha Babolcsay says:

    May our Abba Father continue to bless your ministry!!

  10. Elaine Garcia says:

    We need our father in heaven