Wednesday Wallpaper: In the Morning

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God hears the prayers of the faithful worshiper.

In David’s lament, he directs his prayer toward heaven in expectant faith. The mention of morning and sacrifice suggests that his prayer “comes in the context of a faithful worshiper who receives assurance and expresses personal consecration by way of these ordinances; it is small wonder that such a person will watch, looking around and ahead in expectant faith” (from the ESV Study Bible). Let this wallpaper remind you to prayer early, expectantly, and faithfully.

“Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.” (Psalm 5:1-3)

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Wednesday Wallpaper: Pray to Me

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God always responds to His people’s prayers.

In today’s wallpaper, we highlight the word of the Lord as spoken to Israel through the prophet Jeremiah. Though it doesn’t exclude the suffering in this world, God desires to bless those who behold Him as Lord. To them, He gives hope. When they call upon Him, He hears. Today, this text reminds us of the hope we have in Christ. Through Him we are made righteous and have access to God. We can, and should, pray to Him. For he promises us that He will listen.

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Sharing in Excitement

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The disciples moved inward from the shore of Galilee and gathered around Jesus once more. He taught them again, opening their understanding. Confidence chased away all their remaining doubt. Courage took over. This was their last moment with God in the flesh.

What a journey it had been! These eleven ordinary men were extraordinarily touched and intimately trained by the Lord of heaven and earth. Unlikely men were bound together to an unlikely Lord—fishermen from Galilee and a servant from Nazareth. Although it felt like a lifetime, they had only been together for three short years.

Stretching out His hands, Jesus blessed the disciples. “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Then, He was lifted up into heaven.

The disciples stood there in wonder, looking upward. They had nothing to say. It was as if they were expecting more. Jesus had ascended to heaven. Now what? The cry of the wind and the racket of the waves were all they heard, until an angel asked, “Why do you stand looking into heaven?”

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Surrendering in Reverence

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With the Festival of Unleavened Bread now finished, the disciples returned to Galilee as Jesus had directed them. Doubt still lingered in their hearts about what was to come now that Jesus had resurrected and was gone. So, they began fishing—their familiar livelihood before following Christ.

Fishing was their means of support, their job, their source of income. It was their way of life. They found subsistence in the work of the waters. Without it, they had very little.

Yet, Jesus had taught them to find subsistence in Him. He had called them out to be fishers of men—those who cast the net of the gospel in hope that some will be drawn in. Fishing was not wrong. They were called to a higher calling, and Christ would be their livelihood.

Having caught no fish that day, the disciples heard someone cry out from the shore, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” They reluctantly tried, and fish swarmed to their nets. It was a miracle! They knew then it was Jesus.

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Satisfying in Assurance

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Throughout this mysterious day, Jesus appeared to Mary, the other women, Peter, and the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Now at the end of the day, they all gathered to deliberate about what was happening. The stories were too coincidental to be ignored.

Suddenly, Jesus appeared in the room and stood among them. “Peace be with you!” Despite the four appearances, the exposition of Scripture, the empty tomb, and the fact that Jesus had told them about all that would take place, they still doubted and assumed they were seeing a ghost. “Why are you troubled? Why do doubts arise in your hearts?” Jesus asked them.

Sin causes us to doubt and be troubled. It feeds on our perception and misguides our meditations until we convince ourselves that what we know is untrue. But God was pleased to rescue them from their doubt. He came to satisfy their wandering hearts.

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Savoring in Understanding

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The rush of Sunday morning was beginning to calm. But the excitement the risen Jesus had stirred was far from over. About seven miles from Jerusalem, two disciples were walking to Emmaus discussing the news of the empty tomb as the women described it.

The death of their Lord was still heavy on their hearts. The uncertainty of the empty tomb and the women’s extraordinary testimony was mind boggling. While the two disciples discussed what had transpired, a man inquired of them.

They shared the events with the apparent stranger. They told him about Jesus, how He ministered among the people as a prophet of God and how He stirred up the anger of the chief priests and rulers who crucified Him as a criminal. They described Him as their hope, the Messiah and King, and yet there was the empty tomb and a strange testimony from the women.

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Seeing in Amazement

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As news of the resurrection moved throughout the land, people had mixed emotions. Some wickedly desired to hide it. Some eagerly desired to tell it. And others, like Peter, desperately wanted to see it.

Among those who wanted to hide the resurrection were the chief priests. They bribed the Roman guards who stood by Jesus’ tomb. “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’” The Jewish authorities wanted to hide it.

Mary and the women, on the other hand, had spoken with Jesus. Too afraid to speak in public, they rushed to tell the disciples. “I have seen the Lord,” said Mary. She and the women wanted to tell it.

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Seeking in Wonder

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Though the sun was bright, the day was dark. The women who came to anoint the decaying body of Jesus were now doubly saddened. Not only had they witnessed His brutal beating and murder, they also had convincing evidence of His body being shamefully stolen. So they wept.

Taking one last look inside the tomb, the women noticed two angels dazzling in appearance. As they bowed in fear, the angels asked, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”

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Sadness in Death

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On the dawn of Sunday, severe mourning swept through the land of Judea. In the hearts of some, life was fearfully different. Three days earlier, the Son of God had been brutally murdered on a cross—the symbol of a violent death.

Still lamenting His death, Mary Magdalene and other women arose early to visit the tomb and anoint the body to offset the stench of decay. They arrived and found the massive stone rolled aside and an unguarded, open tomb. Perplexed, the women rushed inside and discovered the tomb was empty. They were doubly saddened. First, they had witnessed their Lord unjustly murdered. Now, His body had been shamefully stolen. Things couldn’t get worse.

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