Reading: Christ heals, delivers, and sets free
Reference: Luke 4:16-19
Luke 4:16: And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
Luke 4:17: And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
Luke 4:18: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luke 4:19: To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Reading: His giving hand is open
Reference: Ps. 145:8-21
Psalms 145:8: The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
Psalms 145:9: The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
Psalms 145:10: All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.
Psalms 145:11: They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;
Psalms 145:12: To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.
Psalms 145:13: Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
Psalms 145:14: The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.
Psalms 145:15: The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
Psalms 145:16: Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
Psalms 145:17: The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
Psalms 145:18: The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
Psalms 145:19: He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
Psalms 145:20: The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.
Psalms 145:21: My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
Reading: God’s goodness to Israel remembered
Reference: Isa. 63:7-14
Isaiah 63:7: I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.
Isaiah 63:8: For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour.
Isaiah 63:9: In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.
Isaiah 63:10: But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.
Isaiah 63:11: Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit within him?
Isaiah 63:12: That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name?
Isaiah 63:13: That led them through the deep, as an horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble?
Isaiah 63:14: As a beast goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the Lord caused him to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name.
Reading: A wise man
Reference: Matt. 7:24-29
Matthew 7:24: Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Matthew 7:25: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
Matthew 7:26: And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
Matthew 7:27: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Matthew 7:28: And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
Matthew 7:29: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Reading: The blessing of keeping His Word
Reference: Rev. 22:6-14
Revelation of John 22:6: And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
Revelation of John 22:7: Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
Revelation of John 22:8: And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
Revelation of John 22:9: Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
Revelation of John 22:10: And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
Revelation of John 22:11: He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
Revelation of John 22:12: And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Revelation of John 22:13: I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Revelation of John 22:14: Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Reading: Obedience to the Spirit brings life
Reference: Rom. 8:1-14
Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:2: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:3: For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
Romans 8:4: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:5: For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Romans 8:6: For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Romans 8:7: Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Romans 8:8: So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Romans 8:9: But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Romans 8:10: And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Romans 8:11: But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Romans 8:12: Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
Romans 8:13: For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Romans 8:14: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Reading: Obey from the heart
Reference: Rom. 6:12-18
Romans 6:12: Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Romans 6:13: Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Romans 6:14: For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Romans 6:15: What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Romans 6:16: Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Romans 6:17: But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Romans 6:18: Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Reading: Salvation by Christ’s obedience
Reference: Rom. 5:12-21
Romans 5:12: Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Romans 5:13: ( For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
Romans 5:14: Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
Romans 5:15: But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
Romans 5:16: And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
Romans 5:17: For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Romans 5:18: Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
Romans 5:19: For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Romans 5:20: Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Romans 5:21: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Reading: Jesus learned obedience
Reference: Heb. 5:5-9
Hebrews 5:5: So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
Hebrews 5:6: As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Hebrews 5:7: Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
Hebrews 5:8: Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
Hebrews 5:9: And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
Reading: Walking in the steps of Abraham
Reference: Rom. 4:1-12
Romans 4:1: What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
Romans 4:2: For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
Romans 4:3: For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Romans 4:4: Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
Romans 4:5: But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Romans 4:6: Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
Romans 4:7: Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
Romans 4:8: Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Romans 4:9: Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.
Romans 4:10: How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
Romans 4:11: And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
Romans 4:12: And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.
Reading: Jesus’ burial and resurrection
Reference: Matt. 27:57-66;
Matthew 27:57: When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathæa, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple:
Matthew 27:58: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
Matthew 27:59: And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
Matthew 27:60: And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
Matthew 27:61: And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.
Matthew 27:62: Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,
Matthew 27:63: Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
Matthew 27:64: Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
Matthew 27:65: Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.
Matthew 27:66: So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.
Reading: The crucifixion
Reference: Matt. 27:1-56
Matthew 27:1: When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
Matthew 27:2: And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
Matthew 27:3: Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Matthew 27:4: Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
Matthew 27:5: And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
Matthew 27:6: And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.
Matthew 27:7: And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.
Matthew 27:8: Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.
Matthew 27:9: Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;
Matthew 27:10: And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.
Matthew 27:11: And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.
Matthew 27:12: And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
Matthew 27:13: Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?
Matthew 27:14: And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.
Matthew 27:15: Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.
Matthew 27:16: And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.
Matthew 27:17: Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?
Matthew 27:18: For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
Matthew 27:19: When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
Matthew 27:20: But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
Matthew 27:21: The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
Matthew 27:22: Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
Matthew 27:23: And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
Matthew 27:24: When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
Matthew 27:25: Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
Matthew 27:26: Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
Matthew 27:27: Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.
Matthew 27:28: And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
Matthew 27:29: And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
Matthew 27:30: And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
Matthew 27:31: And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
Matthew 27:32: And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
Matthew 27:33: And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,
Matthew 27:34: They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.
Matthew 27:35: And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
Matthew 27:36: And sitting down they watched him there;
Matthew 27:37: And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Matthew 27:38: Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
Matthew 27:39: And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
Matthew 27:40: And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
Matthew 27:41: Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
Matthew 27:42: He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
Matthew 27:43: He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
Matthew 27:44: The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.
Matthew 27:45: Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
Matthew 27:46: And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Matthew 27:47: Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.
Matthew 27:48: And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
Matthew 27:49: The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
Matthew 27:50: Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
Matthew 27:51: And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
Matthew 27:52: And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
Matthew 27:53: And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Matthew 27:54: Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
Matthew 27:55: And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:
Matthew 27:56: Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children.
Reading: Jesus’ betrayal and trial
Reference: Matt. 26:30-75
Matthew 26:30: And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
Matthew 26:31: Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
Matthew 26:32: But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
Matthew 26:33: Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.
Matthew 26:34: Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
Matthew 26:35: Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.
Matthew 26:36: Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
Matthew 26:37: And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
Matthew 26:38: Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
Matthew 26:39: And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Matthew 26:40: And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
Matthew 26:41: Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Matthew 26:42: He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
Matthew 26:43: And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
Matthew 26:44: And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Matthew 26:45: Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Matthew 26:46: Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.
Matthew 26:47: And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
Matthew 26:48: Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.
Matthew 26:49: And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.
Matthew 26:50: And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.
Matthew 26:51: And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear.
Matthew 26:52: Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Matthew 26:53: Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
Matthew 26:54: But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
Matthew 26:55: In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.
Matthew 26:56: But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.
Matthew 26:57: And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.
Matthew 26:58: But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.
Matthew 26:59: Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;
Matthew 26:60: But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,
Matthew 26:61: And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.
Matthew 26:62: And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?
Matthew 26:63: But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
Matthew 26:64: Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Matthew 26:65: Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.
Matthew 26:66: What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.
Matthew 26:67: Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,
Matthew 26:68: Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?
Matthew 26:69: Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.
Matthew 26:70: But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
Matthew 26:71: And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
Matthew 26:72: And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
Matthew 26:73: And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.
Matthew 26:74: Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
Matthew 26:75: And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
Reading: Paul’s testimony of the resurrection
Reference: Acts 13:26-39
Acts 13:26: Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.
Acts 13:27: For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.
Acts 13:28: And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.
Acts 13:29: And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.
Acts 13:30: But God raised him from the dead:
Acts 13:31: And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.
Acts 13:32: And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,
Acts 13:33: God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
Acts 13:34: And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.
Acts 13:35: Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Acts 13:36: For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:
Acts 13:37: But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.
Acts 13:38: Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:
Acts 13:39: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
Reading: The resurrection of the saints
Reference: 1 Cor. 15:20-28, 35-58
I Corinthians 15:20: But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
I Corinthians 15:21: For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
I Corinthians 15:22: For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
I Corinthians 15:23: But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
I Corinthians 15:24: Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
I Corinthians 15:25: For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
I Corinthians 15:26: The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
I Corinthians 15:27: For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted which did put all things under him.
I Corinthians 15:28: And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
I Corinthians 15:35: But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
I Corinthians 15:36: Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
I Corinthians 15:37: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
I Corinthians 15:38: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
I Corinthians 15:39: All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
I Corinthians 15:40: There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
I Corinthians 15:41: There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
I Corinthians 15:42: So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
I Corinthians 15:43: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
I Corinthians 15:44: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
I Corinthians 15:45: And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
I Corinthians 15:46: Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
I Corinthians 15:47: The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
I Corinthians 15:48: As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
I Corinthians 15:49: And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
I Corinthians 15:50: Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
I Corinthians 15:51: Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
I Corinthians 15:52: In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
I Corinthians 15:53: For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
I Corinthians 15:54: So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
I Corinthians 15:55: O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
I Corinthians 15:56: The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
I Corinthians 15:57: But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 15:58: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Reading: The Christian’s creed
Reference: 1 Cor. 15:1-19
I Corinthians 15:1: Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
I Corinthians 15:2: By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
I Corinthians 15:3: For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
I Corinthians 15:4: And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
I Corinthians 15:5: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
I Corinthians 15:6: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
I Corinthians 15:7: After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
I Corinthians 15:8: And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
I Corinthians 15:9: For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
I Corinthians 15:10: But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
I Corinthians 15:11: Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.
I Corinthians 15:12: Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
I Corinthians 15:13: But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
I Corinthians 15:14: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
I Corinthians 15:15: Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
I Corinthians 15:16: For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
I Corinthians 15:17: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
I Corinthians 15:18: Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
I Corinthians 15:19: If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
Reading: God’s power manifested in Christ
Reference: Eph. 1:7-23
Ephesians 1:7: In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Ephesians 1:8: Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
Ephesians 1:9: Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
Ephesians 1:10: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Ephesians 1:11: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Ephesians 1:12: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
Ephesians 1:13: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Ephesians 1:14: Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 1:15: Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
Ephesians 1:16: Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
Ephesians 1:17: That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
Ephesians 1:18: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Ephesians 1:19: And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Ephesians 1:20: Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Ephesians 1:21: Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Ephesians 1:22: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Ephesians 1:23: Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Reading: Restoration of the penitent
Reference: Ps. 51:6-12
Psalms 51:6: Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
Psalms 51:7: Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Psalms 51:8: Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Psalms 51:9: Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
Psalms 51:10: Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalms 51:11: Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Psalms 51:12: Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Reading: Great is His mercy to me
Reference: Ps. 86:1-17
Psalms 86:1: Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me: for I am poor and needy.
Psalms 86:2: Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.
Psalms 86:3: Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.
Psalms 86:4: Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
Psalms 86:5: For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
Psalms 86:6: Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.
Psalms 86:7: In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.
Psalms 86:8: Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.
Psalms 86:9: All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.
Psalms 86:10: For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.
Psalms 86:11: Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
Psalms 86:12: I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.
Psalms 86:13: For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.
Psalms 86:14: O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.
Psalms 86:15: But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
Psalms 86:16: O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.
Psalms 86:17: Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, Lord, hast holpen me, and comforted me.
Reading: He restoreth my soul
Reference: Ps. 23:1-6
Psalms 23:1: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalms 23:2: He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psalms 23:3: He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psalms 23:4: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psalms 23:5: Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Psalms 23:6: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.