Eyes on the Cross: 40 Days

“…but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

Below you will find forty days of scripture readings…each day is paired with a 3 to 5-minute video made by “Spoken Gospel.” 🎞️ Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are each represented, along with a different Spoken Gospel commentator for each book. Friends, please dig into scripture each and every day. It’s in both the old and the new testaments where Jesus is the focal point. Sixty-six books, more than 40 writers, works penned over hundreds of years, each inspired by God…all pointing to the Gospel.

The Gospel is the “Good News” of Jesus saving us from our sins…through the cross, and then being resurrected 3 days later. Ephesians 2:7-8 declares that we have been saved β€œby grace through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Jonathan Edwards, a preacher and Christian theologian from the early 1700’s, boldly explained the graciousness of the Gospel in this way- β€œYou contribute nothing to your salvation except the sin that made it necessary.” This is why Jesus came. This is Good News that we need to celebrate everyday. Jesus came to pay the price of sin for us…He was enough on our behalf. Before we begin reading each of the 40 days, please read both Isaiah 53 and 1 Corinthians 15, followed by watching the videos about Jesus, the Gospel, and the Resurrection. Genuinely praying that this post blesses you…year-round! Love, Mer.

Isaiah 53:1-9 Inspired by God, Isaiah wrote this portion of this writings Between 740–680 BC. Written nearly 800 years before 1 Corinthians 15.

Who has believed what he has heard from us?
    And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
    and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
    and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
    a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs
    and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
    smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have turnedβ€”every oneβ€”to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
    yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he opened not his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
    and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
    stricken for the transgression of my people?
And they made his grave with the wicked
    and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
    and there was no deceit in his mouth.

1 Corinthians 15:1-19 Inspired by God, Paul wrote this letter around AD 55

 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to youβ€”unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scripturesthat he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scripturesand that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

The Resurrection of the Dead

12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

What is the Gospel?

The Resurrection

Our Need for the Gospel

Who is Jesus?

God’s Sovereignty

Day 1 – Read Matthew 15-16:12 and Hebrews 8:10 πŸ“”

Jesus feeding the multitude is presented in each of the four gospel accounts/books.

Day 2 – Read Matthew 16:13-17:13 and Deuteronomy 18:15 πŸ“”

Day 3 – Read Matthew 17:14-17:27; Isaiah 53:4; Ephesians 1:5 πŸ“”

Day 4 – Read Matthew 18 and Galatians 3:13 πŸ“”

Day 5 – Read Matthew 19-20 πŸ“”

Day 6 – Read Matthew 21-23; Zechariah 9:9; and Psalm 118:25 πŸ“”

Day 7 – Read Matthew 24-25; Daniel 9:27; and Hebrews 10:12 πŸ“”

Day 8 – Read Matthew 26-27:10; Exodus 12:12; and Isaiah 51:17 πŸ“”

Day 9 – Read Matthew 27:11-27:61 and Psalm 22 πŸ“”

Day 10 – Read Matthew 27:62-28; Genesis 2:17; and Romans 6:5 πŸ“”

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20

Day 11 – Read Mark 2:18-3:12 and Isaiah 54:5 πŸ“”

Day 12 – Read Mark 3:13-4:34 πŸ“”

Day 13 – Read Mark 4:35-6:13 and Jonah 1:15 πŸ“”

Day 14 – Read Mark 6:14-8:26 and Numbers 27:16-17 πŸ“”

Day 15 – Read Mark 8:27-9:32; Daniel 7:18; Hebrews 3:2-3 and Ephesians 2:6 πŸ“”

Day 16 – Read 9:33-10:52 πŸ“”

Day 17 – Read Mark 11:1-12:44; Zechariah 9:9; 2 Kings 9:13; and Hosea 9:16 πŸ“”

Day 18 – Read Micah 5:2-5 and Mark 13:1-37 πŸ“”

Day 19 – Read Mark 14:1-15:32; 1 Samuel 16:12; Daniel 7:13; and Hebrews 13:5 πŸ“”

Day 20 – Read Mark 15:16-16:8 and Psalm 22 (written ~1,000 years before the crucifixion)πŸ“”

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, – 1 Peter 3:18

Day 21 – Read Luke 12-13:9 πŸ“”

🎞 Extra: Job “God in the Storm” (Justice) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VwEwqg5WNM&t=5s

Day 22 – Read Luke 13:10-14:35 πŸ“”

Day 23 – Read Luke 15; Ephesians 3:18; and Romans 8:38 πŸ“”

Day 24 – Read Luke 16 and 2 Corinthians 8:9 πŸ“”

Day 25 – Read Luke 17-19:27 πŸ“”

Day 26 – Read Luke 19:28-21:4 πŸ“”

Day 27 – Read Luke 21:5-22:1; Acts 5:40-41; and Joel 2:10 πŸ“”

Day 28 – Read Luke 22:2-65 and Isaiah 53:12 πŸ“”

Day 29 – Read Luke 22:66-23:56; 1 Peter 2:24; and 2 Corinthians 5:17 πŸ“”

Day 30 – Read Luke 24; Acts 2:4; and Romans 10:13 πŸ“”

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. – Galatians 6:14

Day 31 – Read John 6 πŸ“”

Day 32 – Read John 7 πŸ“”

Day 33 – Read John 8-10 πŸ“”

Day 34 – Read John 11-12 πŸ“”

Day 35 – Read John 13 πŸ“”

Day 36 – Read John 14-16 πŸ“”

Day 37 – Read John 17 πŸ“”

Day 38 – Read John 18 and Isaiah 52 πŸ“”

Day 39 – Read John 19 and Isaiah 53 πŸ“”

Day 40 – Read John 20-21 and 1 Corinthians 15:3-6 πŸ“”

Preparing for Good Friday & Resurrection Sunday as a Family

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