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After the Resurrection – part 3 – according to Luke

After the Resurrection – part 3 – according to Luke
This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series After the Resurrection

Read Luke 24:13-53

It’s hot news. It’s the talk of the town. Everybody’s buzzing about it. Wow! Jesus was dead and his body was gone!

So, this “stranger” comes up to you and your friend and asks you what all the excitement about? You wonder, “Where’s this person been? Under a rock? How can he not know what happened?”

The two were more concerned about the spectacular nature of the event than what it truly meant.

The “stranger” then starts giving them an Old Testament lesson.

They invited him to lunch and then they recognized that it was Jesus.

They ran back to Jerusalem and told the other disciples that it was true – Jesus was really alive. Then Jesus appeared before the whole group.

A ghost? Again, initially, they didn’t believe.

They touched Him and with “joy an amazement” they ate with Him and He reminded them that “The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead” and then He promised them that a “gift” will come from God.

Then, in front of them, He rose to Heaven.

And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. ~1 Corinthians 15:14

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” ~Romans 10:9

It’s that simple.
So, what’s stopping you?
Do you think you are unworthy? That doesn’t matter. God loves you anyway and that’s why Jesus died for you – to wipe away ALL your sins – no matter how bad they are. Wiped clean. Purified. Redeemed.

Jesus said, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” ~John 14:3-4

That’s where He is right now. In Heaven preparing your room in God’s wonderful house where there will be no more pain, we will have perfect bodies, we’ll live in constant joy – no more tears, problems or heartaches. Doesn’t that sound nice?

Jesus is coming back and it really seems like it will be soon. Don’t you want to have that one-way ticket to Heaven?

Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. ~Acts 2:38

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Resurrection Sunday – Jesus Lives! A walk through Holy Week part 11

Resurrection Sunday – Jesus Lives! A walk through Holy Week part 11
This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series A Walk Through Holy Week

The is the greatest day! What happened on that Sunday morning is cornerstone of Christian belief. If it weren’t for Christ’s Resurrection, nothing He said would have meant anything. He would have been just like any other human being, any other prophet, any other teacher.

He was dead – crucified then put in tomb. Since the Sabbath was approaching, His followers didn’t have enough time to properly prepare the body (anointing) for burial. So early on Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene took herbs to the tomb.

All four Gospels tell the story though they differ slightly. My favorite is John’s version.

In Matthew, Mary and two other ladies wonder how they’re going to move the large stone that covered the opening to the tomb, but to their surprise, it was open!

At first, they thought someone took Jesus’ body. Mary runs to tell Peter and the disciples and they come running to see that the tomb is indeed empty. Just the strips of burial cloth lay where they put the body 2 nights before.

Matthew also tells of an earthquake that moved the stone and that scared the Roman guards. The guards swore that no one came to take the body.

Mary was crying when a man asks her why. Thinking it’s the gardener, she asks him where has he taken her Lord.

Then Jesus says her name and she recognizes Him. He tells her to go to the brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’
Note something – the women were the last at the cross and the first at the tomb. And in those days, women were never witnesses at a trial. Women were thought inferior, yet it was to a woman that Jesus spoke to first and instructed to spread the word that He was alive.

I like the questions asked – different in each Gospel, but they are still meaningful to us today.

Who is it that you are looking for? (John 20:15)

Why do you look for the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5)

The answer is that Jesus has risen from the dead! He conquered death so that we could live – so that we could have eternity.

No other person did that for you.

Easter is not about cute bunnies and colorful eggs, it’s about Jesus being raised from the dead and what that means for us – for YOU!

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The Stations of the Cross – A walk through Holy Week part 10

The Stations of the Cross – A walk through Holy Week part 10
This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series A Walk Through Holy Week

The Via Dolorosa (the painful way) or La Via Cruces (the Way of the Cross). Growing up Catholic, one of the yearly rituals was going to church and visiting each “Station of the Cross” – plaques depicting Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion.

Via Dolorosa, the stations of the CrossThe traditional Stations are:

  1. Jesus is condemned to death
  2. Jesus is given his cross
  3. Jesus falls the first time
  4. Jesus meets His Mother
  5. Simon of Cyrene carries the cross
  6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
  7. Jesus falls the second time
  8. Jesus meets the daughters of Jerusalem
  9. Jesus falls the third time
  10. Jesus is stripped of His garments
  11. Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross
  12. Jesus dies on the cross
  13. Jesus’ body is removed from the cross
  14. Jesus is laid in the tomb and covered in incense.

Via Dolorosa, the stations of the Cross, Jesus carrying the crossAgain, all four Gospels recount the story:

The highlights are known as the “Seven Last Words of Christ”:

  1. Father forgive them, for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34). This is the ultimate forgiveness. Jesus is forgiving the people who betrayed Him, who called Him a liar, who mocked Him, who were killing Him.Jesus' Crucifiction
  2. Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43). Here He is telling the two thieves who were being crucified with Him that their sins are forgiven and that they would be with Him in Heaven.
  3. Woman, behold your son: behold your mother (John 19:26-27). He tells the disciple He trusted the most to take care of His mother, Mary.
  4. Eli Eli lama sabachthani? (“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34) Jesus was human, in pain and here in a moment of extreme suffering, He pleads to His Father.
  5. I thirst (John 19:28). This again shows that He is human.
  6. It is finished (John 19:30). The prophecy is fulfilled, His job is done. Legalism is finished.
  7. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit (Luke 23:46). According to Luke, Jesus said this rather than “It is finished.”

Jesus is taken down from the cross and laid in the tombIf Jesus can forgive those who turned against Him, then you, too, can forgive anyone that hurt or betrayed you.

If Jesus can guarantee that two thieves would be in Heaven with Him, then you, too, can have the same guarantee no matter how bad your sins are.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. ~ John 3:16-17

It’s true. It happened. All you have to do is believe and you have a ticket to Heaven.

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An hour of quiet meditation, scripture, and prayer will focus our hearts on the cross, its meaning, and the price that was paid by Jesus.

Last of this series: The Greatest Day – Resurrection Sunday!

And the story doesn’t stop there. My next series will be After the Resurrection – a walk through the days after Jesus’ Resurrection to Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit.

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Jesus teachings and warnings: A walk through Holy Week – part 4

Jesus teachings and warnings: A walk through Holy Week – part 4
This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series A Walk Through Holy Week

Jesus teaching at the templeFrom Jesus’ triumphal entry (Palm Sunday) till the Last Supper (Holy or Maundy Thursday), Jesus had a few days to teach in Jerusalem. The disciples, of course, followed Him everywhere as did crowds of citizens. The people considered Him a prophet and a rabbi (teacher), but the leaders of the Jewish Temple – the Pharisees and the chief priests were concerned that Jesus was a false teacher.

The gall of Him to say who would enter Heaven first! Matthew 22:1-14

Who was He to say what the greatest commandment was? Mark 12:28-34

What did He mean when He said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s”? Matthew 22:15-22

He didn’t fall for their tricks.

Jesus warned the Pharisees and called them hypocrites. Why?

The Pharisees were a strict Jewish sect – careful observers of the law and very pious. They saw this man from a nothing place like Nazareth, show up and start preaching like He was God. They didn’t see that He was fulfilling all the prophecies of the scriptures – that Jesus was the Messiah the Jews had been waiting for.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! …” Jesus says this over and over again. Matthew 23

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean…” Matthew 23:25-26

Jesus was pointing out that the Pharisees appeared pious and righteous on the outside, but they were really greedy and proud.

“You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town….” Matthew 23:33-34 Here, Jesus was predicting what would happen to Stephen and the other disciples. (Acts 7:51-60)

For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. ~ Matthew 23:12

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Passover: A walk through Holy Week – part 3

Passover: A walk through Holy Week – part 3
This entry is part 3 of 11 in the series A Walk Through Holy Week
“Let my people go…” the words of Moses to the Egyptian Pharaoh as he followed God’s instructions in negotiating the release of the Jews from slavery.
The story starts with the Burning Bush (Exodus 3) where God spoke to Moses. 
But Pharaoh was stubborn. He wasn’t going to let thousands of slaves free just like that.  Who would make the bricks to build the temples? 
Moses would not take no for answer – or God wouldn’t. So God sent plagues – one after another. He turned all the water to blood, sent frogs to cover the land, then the gnats, then flies. Still Pharaoh stood his ground. Then God killed all the livestock, but He saved the Israelites’ stock. Then all the Egyptians broke out in boils. Then hail. Then the locusts. So not just the livestock was gone, but so were the crops. Nope, Pharaoh said that was just “magic”. Then there was 3 days of darkness. 
But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go. Pharaoh said to Moses, “Get out of my sight! Make sure you do not appear before me again! The day you see my face you will die.” “Just as you say,” Moses replied, “I will never appear before you again.” ~Exodus 10:27-29
 The Lord then spoke to Moses and told him that He’d send one more plague. All the firstborn children in the land. To protect the Jew’s children, the Lord told Moses to have the Jews take lamb’s blood and put it on the doorframe of their houses. And he gave them other instructions.  (Exodus 12) The plague of the firstborns “passed over” all the homes of the Jews and only affected the Egyptians. Finally, Pharaoh, after witnessing the death of his son, let Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt. 
I think the best cinematic portrayal of this event it The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston. 
Modern-day Jews celebrate Passover every year on the anniversary of the original event in remembrance of their ancestors’ release from slavery. It begins on the 14th day of the Jewish month Nisan (March and April) – the first month of the Hebrew calendar year.  Passover on Wikipedia  
Passover 2012 starts on April 7 – the day before Easter. Why the holidays don’t coordinate now in modern times, I don’t know. To me, Passover should be celebrated on Holy Thursday or put Easter the Sunday after Passover.
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