I was so very excited to start this chapter in the New Testament. The old testament was filled with wisdom and warning, and at times was very bleak and dark, but the promise of the Lord sending his only son down to us was promising, and I couldn’t wait to dig in.

Now, I’ve read through the book of Matthew many of times, but this time I read through it like I was really studying the word. Before I began this journey of reading through the bible, I would only occasionally mark the bible as i grew up thinking that the bible was to have clean crisp pages, and that writing in it, or highlighting in it was purely sacrilegious.

My bible now probably has more highlights than not, and more side notes written on the margins than my college text books! 🙂

Now the book of Matthew really bridges the old and the new testament together wonderfully. Matthew shows how Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of the old testament.

After coming through the Old Testament and fully knowing, and realizing now the true need for a savior I ended the book with Jesus’ crucifixion and then watched this video.

(Video from my church’s Easter service a few years ago)

Sunday’s Coming from Eagle Brook Church on Vimeo.

I cried at the end, and couldn’t stop myself. Between realizing what my sins cost Jesus, and the bright promise that death did not stick, and that death did not keep caused me tears of joy! Whats more – is that I finished the book of Matthew on Valentine’s Day, “For God so loved the word that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. ~ Now that’s LOVE!

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