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No ordinary name

Jesus saves us ALL!!!

Matthew 28:1-4 New International Version (NIV) Jesus Has Risen 28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

Monday - April 13 - Read Matthew 28:1-4

In Matthew’s Gospel the first appearance of an “angel of the Lord” comes

when Joseph learns his fiance is pregnant. He knows that he is not the father

and seeks to divorce her quietly, but the “angel of the Lord” appears to him

in a dream and tells him that God is doing something amazing. The baby in

her womb will be named “Jesus” which means “God saves.” This was a very

common name for Jewish men, but this angel directs Joseph to give the

baby this name because while he will appear like a common, everyday man

he will be the savior of the whole world. On Easter, when the angel appears

again, that plan of salvation has been accomplished! Sin and death are

defeated and rule no more. God saves! Hallelujah! He is risen!

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