Empty Tomb

The Best News Ever

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Dear Pastor, Preacher, or Bible Teacher:

Many of you have the honor of proclaiming the best news ever – that the Lord is Risen!

Today, I’m thinking of and praying for you all together, asking God to bless whatever opportunity He gives you to honor the resurrected Jesus and to be His messenger. It’s a wonderful message:

  • Jesus is risen
  • His work on the cross was completely accepted by God the Father – it is finished!
  • Death is defeated and our eternity is secure
  • God’s love and power is proclaimed in and through the work of Jesus
  • For all time, this fact of history demonstrates the Christian message to be true

May God give you an extra measure of His grace to receive the resurrection power of Jesus into your life and ministry, so that you can herald the best news ever.

Blessings to You in Jesus’ Name – David Guzik

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building stones

What God Builds With

And the king commanded them to quarry large stones,
costly stones, and hewn stones,
to lay the foundation of the temple. 
(1 Kings 5:17)

It was one of the most amazing building projects of the ancient world. Thousands of men worked together to make the temple God inspired David and his son Solomon to build. In fact, a few verses before it says that were 70,000 men who carried burdens and quarried stones on this job site.

1 Kings 5:17 tells us that Solomon used costly stones. This is literally “quality stones,” showing that Solomon used high quality materials even in the foundation where the stones could not be seen.

building stones

The Bible says that we are like a temple being built by God. Ephesians 2:19-21 tells us that God’s people are being built up like a temple, with Jesus Christ as the chief corner stone and God’s apostles and prophets as the rest of the foundation. Then God keeps building with all of God’s people, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord (Ephesians 2:21).

Even closer to the point, 1 Peter 2:5 speaks to God’s people and says, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house. The picture is of God building a building, and we are the “bricks” or the “stones” that God builds with.

So, what might it say to you that Solomon used only costly stones in building the temple?

This speaks to the way you should work for God. We don’t work for appearance only, but also to excel in the deep and hidden things. All of our work for God should be done thoroughly – perhaps especially the work that is like a foundation, lying low and hidden, and not commonly seen by others.

This speaks to the way God works in you. He works in the deep and hidden things when others are concerned with mere appearances. You probably know this from your own life – how God has done a lot of unseen, underground work in your life.

This speaks to the way God builds the church. He wants to do a work of deep, strong foundations instead of a work a mile wide but an inch deep. If we want to see a solid work of God in our churches, it will be built upon His solid people.

Best of all, never forget who paid the price for every one of those costly stones: Jesus our redeemer. It is His temple and all the materials in it are His purchased possession. Thank Jesus for buying, building, and for letting you serve in His temple!

Blessings to You in Jesus’ Name – David Guzik

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Girl with a Bible

Something Wonderful from Something Bad

And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” (2 Kings 5:2-3)

A young girl grew up in ancient Israel. Her family taught her well. She believed in the God of Israel, and she knew that Elisha was God’s prophet. She also knew that God could use Elisha to heal the incurable.

Girl with a Bible


A young Israeli girl was kidnapped from her family and taken as a slave to Syria. It was, no doubt, the worst day of her life. She was soon made to serve in the household of a Syrian general named Naaman, and she waited on Naaman’s wife. But God was greater than all the girl’s tragedy and misery, and was about to use her in a remarkable way.

Taking the courage to speak, she told Naaman’s wife that God’s prophet did more than speak words; he was God’s messenger. God used the girl’s courage and faith, and it wasn’t the last time God used the faith of a little girl.

In the late 1800’s in Wooster, South Africa, a group of young people in a Reformed Church gatheredon a Pentecost Sunday. In that meeting a black girl asked if she might give her testimony. She gave such a sweet testimony that it brought a hush of the sense of the presence of God over the meeting. The leader of the meeting said that he heard what he described as the sound of an approaching tornado, and he thought he felt the whole prayer hall shaking. Then all the young people sprang to their feet and started praying – and revival came to South Africa, sparked by the prayer of a young girl.

A young girl was an important spark for the amazing Welsh Revival. In February of 1904 at New Quay, there was a morning prayer meeting for young people. The pastor asked for testimonies of spiritual experience. After several insincere responses, a young girl spoke. Florrie Evans just became a Christian a few days before. Florrie rose and spoke with a tremor in her voice, saying, ‘I love Jesus Christ with all my heart.’ This sincere word made a deep impression on the Young People’s Society, sparking something significant. That on-fire youth group, ignited by the young girl’s moving word, in a few months became a revival fire over all Wales, spreading all over the world.

Some people think it’s unlikely that God could use young girls to spark such important works. But God loves to use unlikely people – people like me and you.

Click here for David’s commentary on 2 Kings 5

Die Speisung der Einhundert

Aber ein Mann von Baal-Schalischa kam und brachte dem Mann Gottes Erstlingsbrote, Gerstenbrote und Jungkorn in seinem Sack. Er aber sprach: Gib es den Leuten, dass sie essen! Und sein Diener sprach: Wie kann ich das 100 Männern vorsetzen? Er aber sprach: Gib es den Leuten, dass sie essen! Denn so spricht der HERR: Man wird essen, und es wird übrig bleiben! Und er legte es ihnen vor, und sie aßen, und es blieb noch übrig, nach dem Wort des HERRN. (2. Könige 4,42-44)

Wenn man diese Geschichte liest, ist man überrascht sie im Alten Testament zu finden. Wir wissen, dass Jesus zweimal eine Menge Menschen mit einigen Broten und Fischen satt kriegte (Matthäus 14,13-21 und 15,32-39). Man vergisst, dass Gott Elisa gebrauchte um hunderte von Jahren zuvor ein ähnliches Wunder zu vollbringen.

Broken Bread

Wie auch in Johannes 6,9 hatten sie nur einige Gerstenbroteum viele Menschen zu sättigen. Gerste war schon immer ein einfaches Essen, das eher zum Füttern von Vieh genommen wurde. Im Talmud sagt einer: „ Gerste ist ein feines Getreide“ und ein anderer antwortet darauf: „sag es den Pferden und Eseln“. Mit einfachen Gerstenbrote kann man nicht viel anfangen, aber Gott braucht nicht viel.

Durch Gottes Wunder wurden aus wenigen Broten viele, und sie hatten mehr als genug. Und sie aßen und es blieb noch übrig, nach dem Wort des HERRN. Gott hatte versprochen, dass Er sich um ihre Bedürfnisse kümmerte, und sogar noch über diese hinaus. Elisa glaubte an Gottes Versprechen, handelte dementsprechend und erlebte, wie es sich erfüllte.

Gott liebt es, große Dinge durch kleine Dinge zu tun. Ich mag, was Charles Spurgeon schrieb: „Denkst du, Gott braucht uns? Denkst du, Er ist abhängig von menschlicher Kraft? Ich sage dir, unsere Schwachheit ist eine bessere Waffe für Gott als unsere Stärke.“

Hier in 2. Könige waren es 20 Brote für ungefähr 100 Leute. Bei Jesus waren es 5 Brote für 5000 Leute! In 2. Könige blieb etwas übrig, bei Jesus waren es 12 volle Körbe (Johannes 6,13).

Auch wenn Gott hier ein wundervolles Werk durch Elisa tat, war es nur ein Vorgeschmack auf ein viel größeres Werk, das Gott in und durch das wahre Brot vom Himmel, Jesus Christus, tun würde.

Lerne von dem, was Gott durch die großen Propheten im Alten Testament tat. Aber schaue im Glauben auf Jesus. Jesus ist größer als alle Männer und Frauen des Alten Testaments, und Er ist derjenige, auf den sie alle zeigten.




But a Leper

Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. (2 Kings 5:1)

2 Kings 5:1 introduces us to an important, powerful man – a general named Naaman. We read that he was a great and an honorable man, and that God had blessed him with victory for the Syrian army. We also learn that he was a mighty man of valor, just like Gideon (Judges 6:12), Jephthah (Judges 11:1), David (1 Samuel 16:18), Jeroboam (1 Kings 11:28), and several others. In fact, it seems that Naaman was the only Gentile the Bible says was a mighty man of valor.


General Naaman had a lot going for him, but the last three words of 2 Kings 5:1 change his story completely. With his power, status, and influence, Naaman was a great man – but a leper.

Leprosy often began with the loss of sensation in some part of the body. Because of the nerve damage, the muscles started to waste away. The hands and feet became disfigured, and often deteriorated so much that fingers and toes were lost. Over the span of 20 or 30 years a leper might lose hands and feet; it was, as William Barclay wrote, “a kind of terrible progressive death in which a man dies by inches.”

The leprosy described in the Bible was a contagious, debilitating disease that corrupted its victim and makes him essentially dead while alive. Most people thought that lepers were under the special judgment of God, deserving no pity or mercy. For all these reasons, the condition of leprosy is a picture of sin and its effects.

Remember the tragic words about Naaman: but a leper. Those words speak to us today. The effects of leprosy run deep, but by appearance, the leper is “skin-sick.” All humanity is “sin-sick.” Spiritually speaking, we are all lepers until Jesus heals us.

– No matter what we accomplish in life, we still have to deal with sin.
– Our sin-sickness makes us dead while still alive.
– We can’t heal our own sin-sickness.
– Our sin-sickness often follows a slow progression.
– Left to itself, our sin-sickness will grow worse and worse.
– Our sin-sickness will lead to death without what only God can do.

The story of General Naaman has a happy ending. That isn’t true of every sin-sick person. But Jesus knows how to heal both the leper (Matthew 8:1-3) and the sinner. Jesus rescues both the skin-sick and the sin-sick.

Click here for David’s commentary on 2 Kings 5