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The Day After

I wonder what Monday morning felt like in Jerusalem?  Friday had been an incredibly odd day.  The death of a man who claimed to be God.  Then there were incredible storms, damage to the temple, reports of dead people rejoined with their families.  Then there was this report that the man who was beaten and drugged through the city was alive and seen by many? Can you imagine what it would have been like to get up and watch the morning news?  Can you imagine the statuses on Facebook and the twittering on twitter?

And so it is with us.  Today we leave the Golgotha, we leave the tomb – knowing the man Jesus died and was raised again.  We know that death was defeated.  We know that he is victorious.  And what will you do with that today, the day after?

20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:20-22, New International Version, ©2011)

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He is not here, He Has RISEN!

Woot Woot!

5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” (Matthew 28:5-7, New International Version, ©2011)

What else is there to say!

Happy Easter and enjoy the gift of grace, peace and mercy that all of mankind has been bless to receive!

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The Place of The Skull

The action of this week in history really picked up over Thursday night and all day Friday.  A midnight arrest, a corrupt and unlawful trial, a quick and dirty pardon and then a march to the place called “The Skull”, and then an ole’ fashioned Southern lynching took place at the hands of the Roman government persuaded by the Jewish leaders of the day!

Yes, the Christ, the Son of God, was nailed to a cross and hung for hours before he gave up the spirit and from that some of my favorite verses where written

50 But Jesus cried out again in a loud voice and died.

51 Then the curtain in the Temple was torn into two pieces, from the top to the bottom. Also, the earth shook and rocks broke apart.52 The graves opened, and many of God’s people who had died were raised from the dead.53 They came out of the graves after Jesus was raised from the dead and went into the holy city, where they appeared to many people.

54 When the army officer and the soldiers guarding Jesus saw this earthquake and everything else that happened, they were very frightened and said, “He really was the Son of God!” Matthew 17 NCV

And freedom was delivered, to the people of the world!

Andrew gets to read today in a little gathering from the 53 chapter of the book of Isaiah . I thought it was worth sharing on this Good Friday a little bit from that chapter.

4 But he took our suffering on him
and felt our pain for us.
We saw his suffering
and thought God was punishing him.
5 But he was wounded for the wrong we did;
he was crushed for the evil we did.
The punishment, which made us well, was given to him,
and we are healed because of his wounds.
6 We all have wandered away like sheep;
each of us has gone his own way.
But the Lord has put on him the punishment
for all the evil we have done.

and then the greatest part of it all

12 For this reason I will make him a great man among people,
and he will share in all things with those who are strong.
He willingly gave his life
and was treated like a criminal.
But he carried away the sins of many people
and asked forgiveness for those who sinned.”

So, even though he was the Son of God, he let himself be killed by men, for those very men and for us. But the news doesn’t stop there.. wait until Sunday!

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Selling Out?

There’s not much written about what Jesus did on Wednesday on this week. I guess we must assume he spent the day doing his normal chores and then heading off in the evening to Wednesday Church.
Seriously, it is interesting that with all the recorded events on the others days, we really see no action today, except for the agreement between the religious leaders and Judas to sell him out.
Old Judas, the traitor. But I can’t help but think about how many times I decide to sell out and not follow the Christ for my own personal gain. How about you.

So on this day when those most unholy negotiations took place, consider the negotiations on your docket today. Consider your motivation and your ability to be steadfast to the one who will set you free.

 31-32Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.” (John 8:31-32, The Message)

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Figs- Being Found Fruitful

It’s the “Holy Week” and as I said on Friday it’s one of my favorite weeks. This year, I am trying to spend a little time each day taking a look at the things that Jesus the Christ did on these days between the time we was selected as the lamb and the events of the coming weekend.

So its Monday, and today he cursed a fig tree.

12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it. (Mark 11:12-14, New International Version, ©2011)

I have heard some people say this was a selfish action of the part of Christ. However, I believe he was making an example through the figs.  (This is getting a little bit theological here, but not real deep because I am not sure I am that deep of a scholar.)  Some others say this is a example of the religious leaders of the day– probably.  But I was thinking this morning while I was rushing about, and looking for a cat who was hiding very well ( he will be made an example this evening).  Anyway, I think this shows the burning desire of the Christ for us to produce fruit.  Not to earn anything, not to show our own greatness, but in return for his gift. He created the fig tree, he created us.  He burns for us to produce fruit – the fruit of the spirit – the outcome of good done in His name.

So, just like on Friday with the rocks, I think it’s our job to not be found out of season, but to be constantly working to produce fruit – fruit that brings glory to Him.