March 31, 2015 Easter Devotional by Diane Adair

Audio Easter Devotional March 31, 2015 by Diane Adair

SCHEDULING NOTE: 
We will not have a class April 7th because of Spring Break.  We will resume class again on April 14th.  Our last class of this session will be May 12th.  We will finish the Old Testament next year with classes beginning the first of September.

EASTER DEVOTIONAL HANDOUT (2015 Easter Devotional Handout)

BECAUSE OF HIM
 “It was unthinkable, impossible, unfathomable, unprecedented, a single act that changed history, possibility, destiny.  He was a carpenter, a teacher, an outcast, a leader; yet He did what no carpenter, teacher, outcast, leader had ever done.

Like all who preceded Him, He lived and He died.  But unlike all who preceded Him, He rose from the dead.  He lived again.  He lives and because He lives, you and she and he and they and we all will live again.  Because of Him, death has no sting, the grave no victory.

 We can start again and again and again.  Because of Him guilt becomes peace, regret becomes relief, dispair becomes hope.  Because of Him, we have second chances, clean slates, new beginnings.  There is no such thing as the end – BECAUSE OF HIM.

 He was betrayed, denied, accused, rejected, bound, scourged, mocked, reviled, spit on, crucified, forsaken.  He did His Father’s will, He atoned, healed, held His peace, forgave.  He gave His life.  In our hour of deepest sorrow, we can receive profound peace.  From the words of the angel that first Easter morn, He is not here!  He is Risen!”

Scriptures Recording Christ’s Last Week
Sunday          Matt 21:7-11
Monday        Matt 21:12-15
Tuesday        Matt 21:23-46; 22-25, Parables
                        Greatest Commandments
Evenings       In Bethany (with Mary and Martha)    Matt 21:17
Thursday       John 13:1, 3-9, 34             Matt 26:20-22; 26-30
                        Psalm 136    Matt 26:31-45        Mark 14:36
                        Luke 22:42-44, 48, 61-62             Matt 26:56
                        D&C 19:16-19         Mark 14:60-62       Ananias
Friday              Mark 15:3-5           John 19:17               
                         Matt 26:67-68; 27:26-44
Final Statements:
                        Luke 23:34               Forgiving
                        Luke 23:41-43         Comforting
                        John 19:18               Physical Suffering
                        John 19:26-27         Taking Care of Mother
                        Matt 27:46               Forsaken, Gethsemane Returns
                        Luke 23:46                Commends Spirit to Father
                        John 19:30               It is Finished
Sunday          He is Risen                Matt 28:1-8;   John 20:1, 11-18;   JSH 1:19

 Come Thou Font – Extras Menu on “Reflections of Christ by Mark Mabry” DVDReflections of Christ DVD by Mark Mabry

The Middle Part of The Lamb Of God

Song – La Via Delarosa by Sandi Patty

 “How much there is incident to the death, burial, and resurrection of the Savior that ennobles and exalts faithful women.  They wept at the cross, sought to care for His wounded and lifeless body and came to His tomb to weep and worship for their friend and Master.  And so it is not strange that we find a woman, Mary, chosen and singled out from all the Disciples, even including the Apostles, to be the first mortal to see and bow in the presence of a resurrected being.  Mary, who had been healed of much and loved much, saw the Risen Christ.”  Bruce R. McConkie.

“GOD BE THANKED FOR THE MATCHLESS GIFT OF HIS DIVINE SON.”