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The Beautiful Easter Story


He-is-Risen

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.  God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it”  (John 3:16-17).

The Last Supper (Mark chapter 14)

So the two disciples went on ahead into the city and found everything just as Jesus had said, and they prepared the Passover supper there.

In the evening Jesus arrived with the twelve disciples.  As they were sitting around the table eating, Jesus said,

“The truth is, one of you will betray Me, one of you who is here eating with Me.”

Greatly distressed, one by one they began to ask Him, “I’m not the one, am I?”

He replied,

“It is one of you twelve, one who is eating with Me now.  For I, the Son of Man, must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago.  But how terrible it will be for My betrayer.  Far better for him if he had never been born!”

As they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread and asked God’s blessing on it.  Then He broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying,

“Take it, for this is My body.”

And He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it.  He gave it to them, and they all drank from it.  And He said to them,

“This is My blood, poured out for many, sealing the covenant between God and His people.  I solemnly declare that I will not drink wine again until that day when I drink it new in the Kingdom of God.”

Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.

And they came to an olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said,

“Sit here while I go and pray.”

He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be filled with horror and deep distress.  He told them,

“My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death.  Stay here and watch with Me.”

He went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting Him might pass him by.

“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for You.  Please take this cup of suffering away from Me.  Yet I want Your will, not Mine.”

Then He returned and found the disciples asleep.

“Simon!” He said to Peter.  “Are you asleep?  Couldn’t you stay awake and watch with Me even one hour?  Keep alert and pray.  Otherwise temptation will overpower you.  For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak.”

Then Jesus left them again and prayed, repeating His pleadings.

Again He returned to them and found them sleeping, for they just couldn’t keep their eyes open.  And they didn’t know what to say.  When He returned to them the third time, He said,

“Still sleeping?  Still resting?  Enough!  The time has come.   I, the Son of Man, am betrayed into the hands of sinners.  Up, let’s be going.  See, My betrayer is here!”

Jesus is Betrayed and Arrested

And immediately, as He said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a mob that was armed with swords and clubs.  They had been sent out by the leading priests, the teachers of religious law and the other leaders.  Judas had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I go over and give Him the kiss of greeting.  Then you can take Him away under guard.”

As soon as they arrived, Judas walked up to Jesus.  “Teacher!” he exclaimed, and gave Him the kiss.  Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him.  But someone pulled out a sword and slashed off an ear of the high priest’s servant.  Jesus asked them,

“Am I some dangerous criminal, that you come armed with swords and clubs to arrest Me?  Why didn’t you arrest Me in the Temple?  I was there teaching every day.  But these things are happening to fulfill what the Scriptures say about Me.”

Meanwhile, all His disciples deserted Him and ran away.  There was a young man following along behind, clothed only in a linen nightshirt.  When the mob tried to grab him, they tore off his clothes, but he escaped and ran away naked.

Jesus is Crucified ( Mark chapter 15 )

So Pilate, anxious to please the crowd, released Barabbas to them.  He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip then turned Him over to the Roman soldiers to crucify Him.  They dressed Him in a purple robe and made a crown of long, sharp thorns and put it on His head.  Then they saluted, yelling, “Hail! King of the Jews!”  And they beat Him on the head with a stick, spit on Him and dropped to their knees in mock worship.  When they were finally tired of mocking Him, they took off the purple robe and put His own clothes on Him again.  Then they led Him away to be crucified.

A man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, was coming in from the country just then, and they forced him to carry Jesus’ cross.  And they brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha (which means Skull Hill).  They offered Him wine drugged with myrrh, but He refused it.  Then they nailed Him to the cross.  They gambled for His clothes, throwing dice to decide who would get them.

It was nine o’clock in the morning when the crucifixion took place.  A signboard was fastened to the cross above Jesus’ head, announcing the charge against Him.  It read: “The King of the Jews.”  Two criminals were crucified with Him, their crosses on either side of His.  And the people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery.  “Ha! Look at you now!” they yelled at Him. “You can destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days, can you?  Well then, save yourself and come down from the cross!”

The leading priests and teachers of religious law also mocked Jesus.  “He saved others,” they scoffed, “but He can’t save himself!  Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down from the cross so we can see it and believe Him!”  Even the two criminals who were being crucified with Jesus ridiculed Him.

At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock.  Then, at that time Jesus called out with a loud voice,

“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?”

Some of the bystanders misunderstood and thought He was calling for the prophet Elijah. One of them ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, holding it up to Him on a stick so he could drink.  “Leave Him alone.  Let’s see whether Elijah will come and take Him down!” he said.

Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed His last.  And the curtain in the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  When the Roman officer who stood facing Him saw how He had died, he exclaimed, “Truly, this was the Son of God!”

Some women were there, watching from a distance, including Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James the younger and of Joseph) and Salome.  They had been followers of Jesus and had cared for Him while He was in Galilee.  Then they and many other women had come with Him to Jerusalem.

This all happened on Friday, the day of preparation, the day before the Sabbath.  As evening approached, an honored member of the high council, Joseph from Arimathea (who was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come), gathered his courage and went to Pilate to ask for Jesus’ body.  Pilate couldn’t believe that Jesus was already dead, so he called for the Roman military officer in charge and asked him.  The officer confirmed the fact, and Pilate told Joseph he could have the body.  Joseph bought a long sheet of linen cloth, and taking Jesus’ body down from the cross; he wrapped it in the cloth and laid it in a tomb that had been carved out of the rock.  Then he rolled a stone in front of the entrance.  Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where Jesus’ body was laid.

The Resurrection – Jesus Is Risen! ( Mark chapter 16 )

The next evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Salome and Mary the mother of James went out and purchased burial spices to put on Jesus’ body.  Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they came to the tomb.  On the way they were discussing who would roll the stone away from the entrance to the tomb.  But when they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone – a very large one – had already been rolled aside.  So they entered the tomb, and there on the right sat a young man clothed in a white robe.  The women were startled, but the angel said, “Do not be so surprised.  You are looking for Jesus, the Nazarene, who was crucified. He isn’t here!  He has been raised from the dead!  Look, this is where they laid His body.  Now go and give this message to His disciples, including Peter: Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee.  You will see Him there, just as He told you before He died!”  The women fled from the tomb, trembling and bewildered, saying nothing to anyone because they were too frightened to talk.

It was early on Sunday morning when Jesus rose from the dead, and the first person who saw Him was Mary Magdalene, the woman from whom He had cast out seven demons. She went and found the disciples, who were grieving and weeping.  But when she told them that Jesus was alive and she had seen Him, they didn’t believe her.

Afterward He appeared to two who were walking from Jerusalem into the country, but they didn’t recognize Him at first because He had changed His appearance.  When they realized who He was, they rushed back to tell the others, but no one believed them. Still later He appeared to the eleven disciples as they were eating together.  He rebuked them for their unbelief – their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.

And then He told them,

“Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere.  Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved.  But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.  These signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in My name, and they will speak new languages.  They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them.  They will be able to place their hands on the sick and heal them.”

When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, He was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.  And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked with them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.

God loves you so much that He sent His son Jesus Christ to die for your sins. After His resurrection and ascension into heaven, He sent His Spirit to live in our lives and empower us to live the abundant life.  But we must personally ask Him into our lives to be our Lord and Savior.  If you are sincere about asking Him into your life, why don’t you pray the suggested prayer below:

(Prayer is talking to God. God knows your heart and is not as concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.)

Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to You and ask you to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer today, you have made the most important decision in your life.

 

You are…


Most of us believers have an identity crisis. We are NOT sure who exactly we are in Christ..

Truth  is; until we really understand who we are in relation to Jesus, we may may never really enjoy the benefits that come with this reality that WE ARE ONE WITH CHRIST.

Anyway, the good news is here! It took my close friends Irosh, Melvo, Pst. Dan & I  a lot of time to look up the Bible and compile the following references of our identity in Christ. I specially salute Salome for significant insights into this excellent post! The Bible says YOU are ALL of the following…

  • You Are A New Creation

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

  • You Are Justified

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 5:1

  • You Are Complete In Christ

“And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” – Colossians 2:10

  • You Have Access To God Through The Holy Spirit

“For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.” – Ephesians 2:18

  • You Are A Saint

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus.” – Ephesians 1:1

  • You Are God’s Workmanship

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10

  • You Are Hidden With Christ In God

“For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” – Colossians 3:3

  • You Are Free Forever From Condemnation

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” – Romans 8:1-2

  • You Are United With The Lord

“But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” – 1 Corinthians 6:17

  • You Are A Minister Of Reconciliation For God

“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” – 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

  • You Are Assured That All Things Work Together For Your Good

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28

  • You Are Bought With A Price And Belong To God

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

  • You Are God’s Temple

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” – 1 Corinthians 3:16

  • You Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens You

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13

  • You Are Established, Anointed And Sealed By God

Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”- 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

  • You Are Seated With Christ In The Heavenly Places

“And raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” – Ephesians 2:6

  • You Are A Member Of Christ’s Body

“Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” – 1 Corinthians 12:27

  • You Have Been Adopted As God’s Child

“Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” – Ephesians 1:5

  • You Are God’s Fellow Worker

“For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.” – 1 Corinthians 3:9

  • You Are A Branch Of The True Vine

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” – John 15:1,5

  • You Have Been Chosen And Appointed To Bear Fruit

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” – John 15:16

  • You Are The Salt And Light Of The Earth

“You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” – Matthew 5:13-14

  • You Are A Personal Witness Of Christ’s

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

  • You Are A Citizen Of Heaven

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 3:20

  • You Have Not Been Given A Spirit Of Fear, But Of Power, Love And A Sound Mind

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

  • You Have Been Redeemed And Forgiven

“In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”- Colossians 1:14

  • You Are Free From Any Charge Against You

“Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” – Romans 8:33-34

  • You Cannot Be Separated From The Love Of God

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39

  • You May Approach God With Freedom And Confidence

“Christ Jesus, our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.” – Ephesians 3:11-12

  • You May Find Grace And Mercy In Time Of Need

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16

  • You Are Confident That The Good Work God Has Begun In You Will Be Perfected

“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:6

  • You Are Christ’s Friend

“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you riends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” – John 15:15

The Truth


One common misunderstanding about this verse has come about because people often quote only part of the verse: “The truth will make you free.” What Jesus actually said is that you will know the truth and (then) the truth will set you free. On another occasion Jesus identified Himself as the truth. He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me” ( John 14:6).

There are many propositional truths a person can know that will help them. But it is only by knowledge of the truth of Jesus Christ that we can be set free. Many immerse themselves in Bible study hoping to find freedom in the words of Scripture, but the Bible itself isn’t the destination—it’s a roadmap to lead us to the Destination, which is Jesus Christ.

Don’t think that principles, even biblical principles, can make you free. Freedom comes when we know the Truth and trust in Him. The inspired purpose of the Bible is to reveal Him, not give a set of moral or even religious guidelines by which we are to live.

Let Him…


John 15:2 “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”

Pruning

This purging has been interpreted in many ways. The illustration that Jesus is using is one of pruning; therefore, some have said this purging is a very painful process where the Lord cuts and slashes us through things like sickness, death, poverty, and other forms of tragedy so that eventually we will bear more fruit. This teaching not only promotes problems as being good, but necessary, if we want to bear more fruit.

That thinking is not consistent with the rest of God’s Word or even the context of this verse. The text makes it very clear that the purging that Jesus speaks of is done through the Word that He has spoken unto us.

Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that God’s Word was given to us “for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” That is God’s method of pruning us, and He doesn’t need the devil’s help. His word will make us “perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

That is not to say that we cannot learn through tragedy: but God has a better way. If we mistakenly think that God is bringing tragedy into our lives to make us more fruitful, then we’ll not resist the tragedies and they will not flee from us. All of us will learn by hard knocks, but the man who welcomes them with wide open arms will suffer greatly and be far behind the man who lets God’s Word have His perfect work in him.

Top Jesus Christ Quotes


Simple but life changing sayings from Jesus. We live by these quotes:

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“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”

“for God so loved the World that he gave his only begotten Son”

“Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”

“Yes I am with you always, until the very end of time”

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

“For we walk by faith, not by sight”

“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven”

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

“What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul.”

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

God is God – (regardless of who we be)!


‘To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless, to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd. (2 Samuel 22: 26 & 27)’

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. That means that there is nothing about Him that really changes, it is only us who see Him in a different light depending on what light we look through. And because Jesus Christ is God, that attribute is true of our heavenly Father as well. That is why James 1: 7 says that that The Lord does not change like shifting shadows. Now as a child you may have thought that your shadow changes in length, appearance, direction etc, but once you had been through a bit of school you came to learn that what changes is the position of the sun, and that affects which way your shadow will be cast. (And when you have been through more school you come to learn that actually it’s not even the sun, it’s actually the earth that’s revolving, then it’s so confusing you’re just better off thinking that your shadow actually shifts!)

God is the constant in life. He is the same yesterday today and forever, and He never changes. But depending on how we relate with him, our conduct reflects a different attribute of His being, and then we are able to say that God has shown himself – faithful, just, loving, kind, cruel, …..whatever we feel that we have seen of Him.

To that man who exercises faith in God, God shows Himself faithful. It is as if the man’s faith, for lack of a better word, ‘touches on the faithful side of God’, and God’s faithfulness is reflected. The sincere worshipper touches on the divine side of God, and He is awed at how deserving God is of his worship. Similarly the person who gives cheerfully touches the generous side of God, and he sees that God shows himself to him as a giver. He who loves the brethren touches the loving side of God, and testifies ‘behold what manner of love…’. On the other hand the man who is mean, or cruel, or arrogant, or bitter, touches a side of God that makes God look like He is all of these things.

God is Constant!

God is God – regardless of who we be. He is superior to us in each and every way. Someone said you can never out-give God, and that is true. But beyond giving, you can never really out-love, or out-forgive, or out-discipline, or ‘out-do-anything’ God. He is God, and in infinitely superior to mankind in each and every way. So whatever you know of God always remember, He is the constant, and you must keep discovering.

The empty Tomb!


We are just a few days away from Easter and I just feel like sharing on this landmark occasion. I’m not sure people really understand the significance of Easter. You cannot afford to live a sub-standard life if you truly know what Easter means for you and me. People anticipate Christmas more than Easter; correct me if I’m wrong but I think Easter is the most important holiday for the world. We are just usually excited about Christmas cause the year is ending and most people are on Holiday…not necessarily because it is Jesus’ birthday. Otherwise, I believe Easter is the greatest demonstration of God’s love for us and we should accord this occasion the celebration and honour it requires.

First things first. What is Easter? Easter is that famous weekend when Jesus was crucified then a few days later he defied the odds and arose from dead. The actual day he was crucified is known as Good Friday. I’m not so sure what’s good about the Friday! Unless they knew he was going to resurrect. The day he resurrected is called Easter Monday, which to me is the ‘good’ day. So this is usually marked every year to commemorate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Long time ago I used to think they guys who crucified Jesus were so dumb. I also thought to myself Jesus knew he was super-natural and so he didn’t feel anything when those guys were busy beating him up and even crucifying him. He knew they were doing nothing and that he would rise up even if he died. So to me the death and resurrection of Jesus was a prank. Boy, I was so wrong!!

Easter signifies redemption, love and victory. I would like to single out victory first. Victory over death. This is more than what Romans 8:11 tells us. Now I understand the ‘good’ part of the Friday. He died, and we died with him in order to eradicate all of our sins that had distorted the relationship we had with God. So the fact that he died already means our sins are history. Then the most important part is Monday, when he resurrected. He won against death. Isn’t this incredible? This nullifies the fact that we are human beings. We are spiritual beings just having a human experience. That means our bodies are vessels for our spirits. Immediately, this makes me a victor. I cannot fear any form of intimidation. If my spirit is one with Jesus then there aint nothing a human being can do to me. The second theme I derive from the Easter story is redemption. This is the hallmark of humankind. God was not happy when we fell apart from him (Adam & Eve); which is why He brought Jesus to redeem us. It is what salvation is all about. The moment you acknowledge the death and resurrection of Jesus all because of you, you become saved. He takes Lordship over your life and you become part of him. The last and most important lesson from Easter is LOVE. It is the highest demonstration of love. The God-kind of love. It is referred to as Agape Love (John 3:16). Jesus is how much God loves us. Jesus was not willing to die, it is God who was willing to make him die for our sake. That’s how much God loves you.

In summary; Easter means God is always constantly willing to redeem us from whatever situations standing between us and our happiness. Easter also means we are champions; aint no situation we cant overcome in life even death. Lastly Easter demonstrates a level of love we ought to replicate. We should not only love others but should be willing to do anything to demonstrate our love for them. This coming Easter I urge all of us to take time to reflect upon what it means for us. While you go for holiday, travel to be with your family or even party with your friends just think about how you can give back to God.

Purpose to please God…GIVE, SERVE & LOVE!

Have a blessed Easter friends.

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