Blessings of Release


Then Jesus shouted out again,

and he released his spirit.

At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple

was torn in two, from top to bottom.

The earth shook, rocks split apart,

and tombs opened.

The bodies of many godly men and women who had died

were raised from the dead.

Matthew 27:50-52



Blessings of Seeing


…the high priest said to him,

“I demand in the name of the living God—

tell us if you are the Messiah,

the Son of God.”

Jesus replied,

“You have said it.

And in the future you will see the Son of God

seated in the place of power at God’s right hand

and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Matthew 26:63-64



Blessings of Being Ready


…keep watch!

For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.

Understand this:

If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming,

he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into.

You also must be ready all the time,

for the Son of Man will come when least expected.

Matthew 24:42-44



Blessings of His Return


…he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet,

and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world—

from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.

Now learn a lesson from the fig tree.

When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout,

you know that summer is near.

In the same way, when you see all these things,

you can know his return is very near, right at the door.

Matthew 24:31-33



Blessings of Resurrection

“But now, as to whether there will be

a resurrection of the dead—

haven’t you ever read about this in the Scriptures?

Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died,

God said,

‘I am the God of Abraham,

the God of Isaac,

and the God of Jacob.’

So he is the God of the living, not the dead.”

Matthew 22:31-32

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