“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”Gospel of John Ch 11:25-26
HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY !
HE IS RISEN INDEED !
MAY THE MIRACLE OF RESURRECTION BE IN YOUR HEART FOREVER !
HAVE A HAPPY,BLESSED EASTER!
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by Henry Morris, Ph.D.
“And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 12:13)
The Jews of the world have been keeping their annual Feast of the Passover for almost 3,500 years, fulfilling the ancient prophecy: “And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever” (Exodus 12:24). This was the beginning of the nation of Israel, when they left Egyptian slavery behind and started their trek to the Promised Land. The lamb had been slain and eaten, its blood placed on the door posts, and the Lord had spared all their firstborn sons when the Destroyer passed through the land of Egypt.
The feast was intended not only to memorialize the ancient deliverance, but also to anticipate the coming day when the “Lamb of God” would take “away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). The night before Christ was crucified, He told His disciples, “With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God” (Luke 22:15-16).
Thereupon, the Lord established His Supper, which Christians will continue to observe to “shew the Lord’s death till he come” (1 Corinthians 11:26). He fulfilled all that the Passover prophesied when He shed His blood on the cross, “for even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, . . . with . . . sincerity and truth” (1 Corinthians 5:7-8).
Now we look forward to an even greater supper when Christ returns, for the promise is this to all who believe: “Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:9). HMM
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Each year for about 3500 years, the Jews have celebrated their release from four hundred years of Egyptian bondage, with the Passover Seder, or Supper. The meal is first mentioned in Exodus 12:1-11. On the tenth day of Nisan, Israel’s first month (Ex. 12:12), the Jews were to select an unblemished sacrificial lamb, and they were to kill the lamb and prepare it just prior to sunset on the fourteenth of Nisan. After sunset, which was the beginning of the fifteenth of Nisan, they were to roast the lamb, and consume it prior to daylight. There were to be no leftovers; that which remained was to be totally consumed by fire.
This year, the Jewish calendar and the Gregorian calendar match; the first of April, and the first of Nisan occurred on the same day. On April 14, 2014, at sunset, the Jewish Passover begins. That would make today the “preparation day.” Thus, today matches the day Jesus was on the cross, in that, the Jewish leaders wanted the bodies taken off the crosses, as it was the “preparation” (Jn. 19:14, 31, 42). Because the Jews called Fridays the preparation day for the weekly Sabbath, many have mistakenly accepted Friday as the day of the Crucifixion. However, notice in John 19:31, the day Jesus died was not just the preparation day for the weekly Sabbath, but was the preparation day for a special Sabbath; the Passover!
Now, looking at our calendar, we can see that the tenth of Nisan falls on a Thursday. The Passover falls on the following Monday, the fourteenth (today). Today would be the day Jesus was crucified. His body would be taken down and placed in a “borrowed tomb” just before sunset. Jesus told His friends and His enemies, “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Mt. 12:40).
If one counts three days and three nights from sunset today, Jesus would rise from the grave after sunset on April 17th. Ironically, to the Jewish way of calculating days, Jesus would rise on Friday! Sunset today to sunset tomorrow (Tuesday) is one day and night; sunset Tuesday to sunset Wednesday is the second day and night; and sunset Wednesday to sunset Thursday is the third day and night: Jesus would rise on the day modern day Christians celebrate His death! Irony of ironies!
What does that mean then as to what day Jesus died? Well, He rose sometime after sunset on Saturday, which was the beginning of the first day of the week – Sunday (Mt. 28:1; Mk. 16:2; Lk. 24:1; Jn. 20:1). Going backward three days and three nights, Jesus must have been taken down from the cross prior to sunset Wednesday!
Sunset 4-17-14 will begin the anniversary of the Resurrection, not the Crucifixion!
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by Henry Morris III, D.Min. *
“As soon as it was day, the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, came together and led Him into their council.” (Luke 22:66)
The origin of “Good Friday” ceremonies are somewhat muddled in history. Some suggest that the earlier roots go back as far as 100 A.D., but others insist that it was well into the fourth century before anything like the “passion week” observances became established.
Beyond that, there is a good bit of controversy about the title itself. Everyone now agrees that the focus of the dedication is on the crucifixion of our Lord. So, why “Good” Friday? Why not “Sad” Friday, or “Awful” Friday? Although historians and theologians tend to focus on the etymology of the term and debate the circumstances by which the ceremony became identified, the truth may well lie in the sovereignty of God Himself.
On that day in history, the sins of the world were paid for! This was the day on which “it pleased the Lord to…make his soul an offering for sin” (Isaiah 53:10). That day, the Lord “laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).
Yes, there was great sorrow and travail that day. During the awful physical darkness from noon to 3:00 p.m. (Matthew 27:45), Jesus had cried out in utter anguish: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). The earth itself shook and rumbled as the creation was torn asunder in reaction to the horrific judgment of the Creator for sin (Matthew 27:51).
But then came the victory cry, “It is finished!” (John 19:30), and, “Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46). His suffering ended, the payment completed, eternal propitiation accomplished, Jesus laid down His human life to await the great resurrection that God might give “assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31).
* Dr. Morris is Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Creation Research.
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Who is He in yonder stall, at whose feet the shepherds fall?
‘Tis the Lord! O wondrous story!
‘Tis The Lord! The king of glory! At his feet we humbly fall, Crown Him, crown Him Lord of all!
Who is He in deep distress, Fasting in the wilderness?
Who is He that stands and weeps
At the grave where Lazarus sleeps?
Lo! At midnight, who is He
Prays in dark Gethsemane?
Who is He in Calvary’s throes,
Asks for blessing on His foes?
Who is He that from the grave
Rose to seek and bless an save?
Lo! Ascending who is He
Captive leads captivity?
Who is He on yonder throne,
Ruling by His pow’r alone?
‘Tis The Lord! O wondrous story;
‘Tis The Lord! The king of glory
At his feet we humbly fall;
Crown Him, crown Him Lord of all!
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SĂ MORI CUM SE CUVINE (Vinerea Mare)
„Nu este aici, ci a înviat” (Luca 24:6)
Hristos, fondatorul creştinismului, a fost singurul om capabil să stabilească o întâlnire dincolo de mormânt şi să-şi ţină promisiunea. Domnul Isus le-a spus ucenicilor: „după ce voi învia, voi merge înaintea voastră în Galilea” (Matei 26:32). Şi aşa a făcut. Dacă vizitezi mormintele celor ce au fondat marile religii ale lumii, vei descoperi că ele încă sunt ocupate. Dar dacă vizitezi mormântul unde l-au pus pe Isus, vei descoperi că este gol şi că încă se aude ecoul cuvintelor îngerilor: „Nu este aici, a înviat”. Aceste cuvinte fac ca fiecare înmormântare creştină să fie o sărbătoare. Domnul Isus a promis: „fiindcă eu trăiesc, şi voi veţi trăi”. în cele din urmă vei muri de ceva. întrebarea este: Cum poţi muri cum se cuvine? lată două răspunsuri corecte la această întrebare: 1) Preqătindu-te dinainte. A existat o piatră funerară ce purta inscripţia: „mă aşteptam la asta, dar nu chiar acum”, lată cum te poţi pregăti pentru moarte: „Dacă mărturiseşti, deci, cu gura ta pe Isus ca Domn, şi dacă crezi în inima ta că Dumnezeu L-a înviat din morţi, vei fi mântuit” (Romani 10:9). 2) împlinind misiunea vieţii tale. Domnul Isus a spus: „Eu Te-am proslăvit pe pământ, am sfârşit lucrarea pe care Mi-ai dat-o s-o fac” (loan 17:4). La auditul final, vei sta înaintea lui Dumnezeu şi El te va întreba: „Ce ai făcut cu darurile pe care ţi le-am dat? Ţi-ai împlinit misiunea pe pământ?” în acel moment, nimic nu va fi mai important decât modul în care răspunzi la acea întrebare.
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