Scripture reading for January 28th: Matthew 20, Psalm 20, Prov. 20
Key Scriptures: Matthew 20:17-19 “And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way He said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and He will be raised on the third day.”
Jesus was going to Jerusalem for the last time. He knew full well what lie ahead and told His disciples plainly what would happen to Him there. As we read this passage, we can note that it is a faith confession from Jesus. He stated what He knew was true, from His condemning, mocking, crucifixion to His resurrection from the dead on the third day! He did this to strengthen His own faith and that of His disciples and ultimately those who would also come to faith through their witness (us).
Faith’s confession: Jesus, I believe that You were condemned, mocked, crucified and laid in a tomb for three days. On the third day You rose from the dead! In Your sacrifice and resurrection I find my life! (Action step: Personally confess with Jesus the truth of His death and resurrection, renewing Your trust in His saving grace.)
Psalm 20:6 “Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand.”