Aseară, am făcut un test de cunoștințe biblice la Bethel. Știam că au ascultat sute de predici despre evenimentele din Săptămâna Mare. Le-am propus să le spun câte un titlu de predică și ei să-mi spună despre ce e vorba. Mi-au confirmat ceea ce am bănuit. Știm foarte multe. Știm aproape totul.
,,Cea mai mare crimă?“ – Creatorul este ucis de creație.
,,Cea mai tragică farsă?“ – Judecătorul lui Israel este bătut peste obraz.
,,Cea mai proastă afacere?“ – Iuda, bineînțeles.
,,Cea mai surprinzătoare credință?“ – Tâlharul.
Azi dimineață am găsit un articol pe această temă. Vi-l ofer mai jos, regretând iar că n-am traducerea lui. Poate că o va face unul dintre voi.
“A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Easter tells us of something children can’t understand, because it addresses things they don’t yet have to know: the weariness of life, the pain, the profound loneliness and hovering fear of meaninglessness.” – Frederica Mathewes-Green
“A rule I have had for years is: to treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. His is not a creed, a mere doctrine, but it is He Himself we have.” – Dwight L. Moody
“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” – Saint Augustine
“This Easter” is the only Easter any of us have. The ones before have passed. The world in which we live makes no promise of another next year.
Easter is the poster child for the Supernatural. The religious leaders of Israel reasoned among themselves that Jesus should die so they could preserve their high position over the people: “One of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, ‘You know nothing at all! You’re not considering that it is to your advantage that one man should die for the people rather than the whole nation perish’” (John 11:49-50 HCSB).
Satan celebrated his victory over the Creator at the Cross. Having earlier been booted from heaven (“I watched Satan fall from heaven like a lightning flash” Luke 10:18 HCSB) for his usurpery against his Creator, Satan reckoned that with the death of Jesus on the Cross his ownership of humanity and the world’s governments now lay beyond the grasp of God.
Jesus’ 12 closest confidants were in despair; Judas had already hanged himself over his betrayal of Jesus. A few of the common people quietly buried Jesus in a tomb.
Despite the many and varied religions in this world, there are but two kingdoms which underlie every religion’s claim of ownership upon humanity. One claim belongs to the Creator, whose credentials are beyond question. The other claim is that of another created being, whose pride led him to believe that his claim was superior to that claim asserted by the Creator. The world’s religions either worship the Creator, or they worship the usurper.
Last week I heard in church from the pulpit that school would be closed for “spring break.” No, school was closed for Easter, just as it was when I was a child and went to school. Easter became “spring break” because the usurper of this world became tired of being reminded of his spectacular failure at Easter.
Easter is the Supernatural, writ large across history. “According to the laws of legal evidence used in courts of law, there is more evidence for the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ than for just about any other event in history” (Harvard Law professor Dr. Simon Greenleaf).
The conflict between the Creator and the usurper is now on full display across the world. Both sides to the conflict invite you to join with them. The usurper extracts his salvation in our blood and tears. Jesus Christ, having already shed his own blood and tears on our behalf, beckons us simply to join us in his resurrected life and victory celebration.
What does the end of the age look like from God’s side of the veil?
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John 1:1-3, 14 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 3:16-18 – “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
1 John 1:1-3 – “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; for the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us; that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.”
1 John 5:7, 11-13 – “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life….”
Revelation 19:11-16 – “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
The Apostle Paul’s explanation of how one is saved:
“…if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved” (Rom. 10:9).
CELLA POVESTESTE :
Nu pot să nu o admir pe Estera. O fată orfană, infiată de verișorul ei, Mardoheu, scrib la curtea lui Ahașveroș.
Împărăteasa Vashti refuză să apară în fața demnitarilor beți și cu mintea nu tocmai limpede.
“sa aduca in fata lui pe imparateasa Vasti, cu cununa imparateasca, pentru ca sa arate frumusetea ei popoarelor si mai marilor sai, caci era frumoasa la chip.” Estera 1:11.
” A trimis scrisori tuturor tinuturilor din imparatia lui, fiecarui tinut dupa scrierea lui si fiecarui popor dupa limba lui; ele spuneau ca orice barbat trebuie sa fie stapan in casa lui si ca va vorbi limba poporului sau.” Estera 1:22 Sfătuitorii împăratului își luaseră soții dintre roabele de război și pentru că nu au reușit să fie ceea ce ar trebui în casa lor … au nevoie de un edict dat de împărat. Cred că edictul va aduce pace și armonie în casele lor.
“8. Atunci Haman a zis imparatului Ahasveros: “In toate tinuturile imparatiei tale este risipit un popor deosebit intre popoare, care are legi deosebite de ale tuturor popoarelor si nu tine legile imparatului. Nu este in folosul imparatului sa-l lase linistit.
9. Daca imparatul gaseste cu cale, sa se scrie o porunca pentru ca ei sa fie nimiciti, si eu voi cantari zece mii de talanti de argint in mainile slujbasilor, ca sa-i duca in vistieria imparatului.”
10. Imparatul si-a scos inelul din deget si l-a dat lui Haman, fiul lui Hamedata, agaghitul, vrajmasul iudeilor.
11. Si imparatul a zis lui Haman: “Iti daruiesc si argintul si pe poporul acesta; fa cu el ce vei voi.””
“Toti slujitorii imparatului si poporul din tinuturile imparatului stiu ca este o lege care pedepseste cu moartea pe oricine, fie barbat, fie femeie, care intra la imparat, in curtea dinauntru, fara sa fie chemat. Numai acela scapa cu viata caruia ii intinde imparatul toiagul lui imparatesc de aur. Si eu n-am fost chemata la imparat de treizeci de zile.”
“15. Estera a trimis sa spuna lui Mardoheu:
16. “Du-te, strange pe toti iudeii care se afla in Susa si postiti pentru mine, fara sa mancati, nici sa beti, trei zile, nici noaptea, nici ziua. Si eu voi posti odata cu slujnicele mele; apoi voi intra la imparat, in ciuda legii; si, daca va fi sa pier, voi pieri.”
17. Mardoheu a plecat si a facut tot ce-i poruncise Estera.”
“1. A treia zi, Estera s-a imbracat cu hainele imparatesti si a venit in curtea dinauntru a casei imparatului, inaintea casei imparatului. Imparatul sedea pe scaunul lui imparatesc in casa imparateasca, in fata usii casei.
2. Cand a vazut imparatul pe imparateasa Estera in picioare in curte, ea a capatat trecere inaintea lui. Si imparatul a intins Esterei toiagul imparatesc pe care-l tinea in mana. Estera s-a apropiat si a atins varful toiagului.
3. Imparatul i-a zis: “Ce ai tu, imparateasa Estero, si ce ceri? Chiar daca ai cere jumatate din imparatie, iti voi da.”
4. Estera a raspuns: “Daca imparatul gaseste cu cale, sa vina imparatul astazi cu Haman la ospatul pe care i l-am pregatit.””
“3. Imparateasa Estera a raspuns: “Daca am capatat trecere inaintea ta, imparate, si daca gaseste cu cale imparatul, da-mi viata: iata cererea mea; si scapa pe poporul meu: iata dorinta mea! 4. Caci eu si poporul meu suntem vanduti sa fim nimiciti, injunghiati si prapaditi. Macar daca am fi vanduti sa fim robi si roabe, as tacea, dar vrajmasul n-ar putea sa inlocuiasca pierderea facuta imparatului.”
5. Imparatul Ahasveros a luat cuvantul si a zis imparatesei Estera: “Cine si unde este acela care are de gand sa faca asa?”
6. Estera a raspuns: “Apasatorul, vrajmasul este Haman, raul acesta!”
7. Si imparatul, in mania lui, s-a sculat si a parasit ospatul, si s-a dus in gradina casei imparatesti. Haman a ramas sa-si ceara viata de la imparateasa Estera, caci vedea bine ca pierderea lui era hotarata in mintea imparatului.
8. Cand s-a intors imparatul din gradina casei imparatesti in odaia ospatului, a vazut pe Haman ca se aruncase spre patul pe care era Estera si i-a zis: “Cum, sa mai si silesti pe imparateasa, la mine, in casa imparateasca?” Cum au iesit cuvintele acestea din gura imparatului, i-au si acoperit fata lui Haman.”
“18. Cei ce se aflau la Susa s-au strans in ziua a treisprezecea si a paisprezecea, dar in ziua a cincisprezecea s-au odihnit si au facut din ea o zi de ospat si de bucurie.
19. De aceea iudeii de la tara, care locuiesc in cetati fara ziduri, au facut din ziua a paisprezecea a lunii Adar o zi de bucurie, de ospat si de sarbatoare, in care isi trimit daruri unii altora.
20. Mardoheu a scris aceste lucruri si a trimis scrisori tuturor iudeilor din toate tinuturile imparatului Ahasveros, de aproape si din departare. 21. Le poruncea sa praznuiasca in fiecare an ziua a paisprezecea si a cincisprezecea a lunii Adar, 22. ca zile in care capatasera odihna scapand de vrajmasii lor. Le-a poruncit sa praznuiasca luna in care intristarea lor se prefacuse in bucurie, si jalea lor, in zi de sarbatoare, si sa faca din aceste zile niste zile de ospat si de bucurie, cand sa-si trimita daruri de mancare unii altora si sa imparta daruri celor lipsiti.
23. Iudeii s-au indatorat sa faca ceea ce si incepusera sa faca si ce le scrisese Mardoheu.”
On this day in biblical history:23 March
Haman’s plan to annihilate the Jewish people was to be implemented.
Esther 3:13 “And the letters were sent by posts into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey.”
Esther 8:12 “Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar.”
Let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his
Yeshua (Jesus). God used
Esther as a means of stopping the annihilation of the Jewish people which our Messiah would come for all mankind. ~Happy Purim.
The Cross and The Blood and The Dove and The Resurrection….
Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting at the posts of My doors. For whoso findeth Me findeth life, and shall obtain favor of the Lord. But he that sinneth against Me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate Me love death” ~~ Proverbs 8:33-36.
“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore” ~~ Psalm 16:11.
“And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called ‘The way of holiness'” ~~ Isaiah 35:8a.
“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will” ~~ 2 Timothy 2:24-26.
“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” ~~ Isaiah 40:29-31.
Praise God for the Lord’s Sacrafice on the Cross and dieing and rising from the grave for our sins. Yes, .. He is the Bread of Life that was shed for us to have Eternal life with Him. ,, Amen
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” ~~ John 8:12.
“The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever” ~~ Psalm 29:3-4, 10.
“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” ~~ Isaiah 43:2.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.
“Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon a donkey, and a colt the foal of a donkey…
And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.”
(Matthew 21:5, 9-11)
“Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved” ~~ Psalm 15.
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you” ~~ Deuteronomy 31:6.
“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” ~~ Amos 3:3.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah” ~~ Psalm 46:1-3.
Jehovah Shalom – Shannon Wexelberg – Lyric Video
“What man is he that feareth the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way that he shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him; and He will shew them His covenant” ~~ Psalm 25:12-14.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth” ~~ Psalm 121:1-2.
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
For He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways” ~~ Psalm 91:1, 4, 9-11.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” ~~ 2 Corinthians 5:17.
“He hath said, ‘I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee'” ~~ Hebrews 13:5.
Nothing Can Separate Us – Shannon Wexelberg
Cuvintele “in Hristos” din epistolele apostolului Pavel se gasesc de 164 de ori, cum este “indreptatiti in Hristos” (Gal. 2.17), “dreptate a lui Dumnezeu in El” (2 Cor. 5.21). Din secretul binecuvantat, patrunzator despre care vorbeste in toate scrierile lui, vedem ca aceste cuvinte au un aspect exceptional, distinct si special:
in Romani – indreptatiti in Hristos
in Corinteni – sfintiti in Hristos
in Galateni – libertate in Hristos
in Efeseni – unitate in Hristos
in Filipeni – bucurie in Hristos
in Coloseni – plinatate in Hristos
in Tesaloniceni – glorie in Hristos
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