Hallelujah! Christ is Risen
Jesus Christ fulfilled over 300 Old Testament prophecies ... twelve follow:
7. His side would be pierced (Zechariah 12 and Psalm 22:16).
8. He would die among malefactors (Isaiah 53:9, 12).
9. His dying words were foretold (Psalm 22:1,31).
10. He would be buried by a rich man (Isaiah 53:9).
11. He would rise on the third day (Jonah 1:17; cf. Genesis 22:4 with Hebrews 11:19).
12. His resurrection would be followed by the destruction of Jerusalem (Daniel 9, 11 and 12).
The risen Savior had at least twelve post resurrection appearances to at least five hundred thirteen people:
4-16-22, The annual celebration of the Lord Jesus death and resurrection is tomorrow - we call it EASTER. The testimonials from His apostles describing His crucifixion, burial and glorious resurrection prove it happened.
In the 1700s Matthew Henry said this: “If Christ gave His life a ransom, and had not taken it again, it would not have appeared that His giving it was accepted as satisfaction. The love of Christ will make us to abound in every duty more than anything else." John 20:1-10
In 1 Corinthians 15:13-18 the Apostle Paul said:
“If there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: and if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ: whom He raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” https://biblehub.com/commentaries/mhc/john/20.htm
Testimony of Four Apostles of Burial of the Lord Jesus:
Jesus Christ's Resurrection
1"In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. 2And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door and sat upon it. 3His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 4And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. 5And the angel answered and said unto the women, 'Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you'."
Matthew 28:1-7; Psalm 16:1-11; Psalm 49:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-9)
The Virgin Mary, Jesus Mother, Knew Her Son Was HER Savior
And Mary said, "My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is His name. And His mercy is on them that fear Him from generation to generation. He hath shewed strength with His arm; He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. He hath holpen His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy; As He spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever." Luke 1:46-55; 1 Samuel 2:1-11
Risen with Christ
Mark 16:19; Colossians 3:1
4-4-21, The wise believer revels in the fact of Christ’s resurrection. Some things in Scripture may be easier to identify with and apply, including Christ’s substitutionary death, but it is the resurrection that gives us power to live victoriously. “Like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).
We have been “crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed” (Romans 6:6). Nevertheless, we are risen with Him, as our text and elsewhere clearly teaches (Romans 6; Ephesians 2:1-10; etc.). This resurrection is an inward one, of course, but our bodily resurrection is also guaranteed by Christ’s bodily resurrection, should we physically die. “Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus” (2 Corinthians 4:14).
Power to serve Him effectively comes through His resurrection, for we have access to the “exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead” (Ephesians 1:19-20).
We have authority over all human and demonic institutions through Him who even now operates as head of the living church of His born again followers [John 3:3, 7].
Perhaps the most precious of all benefits of the resurrection is that “we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens” who is sympathetic to “the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16). -- John D. Morris, PhD, Source
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Mark 16:12-13, Luke 24:13-24
"And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus Himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know Him. And he said unto them, "What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?" And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto Him:
"Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? "
And Jesus said unto them: "What things?"
And they said unto Him: "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death and crucified Him! But we trusted that it had been He which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre [grave]; and when they found not His body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that He was alive. And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but Him they saw not." He was risen as He said!
What a Wonderful Name It Is = JESUS!
Trials and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
What Was the Charge Against Jesus? He was accused of blasphemy as He claimed to be the Son of God
"They that had laid hold on Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. But Peter followed Him afar off unto the high priest's palace, went in and sat with the servants, to see the end. Now the chief priests, elders and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put Him to death; but found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, and said, 'This fellow said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.' And the high priest arose, and said unto Him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? But Jesus held His peace. And the high priest answered and said unto Him, 'I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.' Jesus saith unto him, "Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power and coming in the clouds of heaven."
Matthew 26:57-64, 27:11-14; Isaiah 53:1-8; Mark 14:53-65; Luke 23:1-6, 46; John 18:19-24; 1 Peter 2:21-25
An unprecedented conspiracy of injustice, cruelty of religious and political interests sentenced a man guilty of no crimes to the most barbaric method of execution ever devised. The victim was no mere man. Jesus was God in the flesh. The Creator of life died. How did such a thing come to be?
There were six parts to Jesus’ trial: three stages in a religious court (John 18:19-24; Matthew 26:57) and three stages before a Roman court (John 18:28).
Jesus was tried before Annas, the former high priest; Caiaphas, the current high priest and the Sanhedrin. He was charged in these “ecclesiastical” trials with blasphemy, claiming to be the Son of God, the Messiah.
The trials before Jewish authorities, the religious trials, showed the degree to which the Jewish leaders hated Him because they carelessly disregarded many of their own laws. There were several illegalities involved in these trials from the perspective of Jewish law:
(1) No trial was to be held during feast time.
(2) Each member of the court was to vote individually to convict or acquit, but Jesus was convicted by acclamation.
(3) If the death penalty was given, a night must pass before the sentence was carried out; however, only a few hours passed before Jesus was placed on the Cross.
(4) The Jews had no authority to execute anyone.
(5) No trial was to be held at night, but this trial was held before dawn.
(6) The accused was to be given counsel or representation, but Jesus had none.
(7) The accused was not to be asked self-incriminating questions, but Jesus was asked if He was the Christ.
- inciting people to riot
- forbidding the people to pay their taxes
- claiming to be King
- Pilate found no reason to kill Jesus so he sent Him to Herod (Luke 23:7).
- Herod had Jesus ridiculed but, wanting to avoid the political liability.
- Sent Jesus back to Pilate (Luke 23:11–12); this was the last trial as Pilate tried to appease the animosity of the Jews by having Jesus scourged.
- Pilate offered the prisoner Barabbas to be crucified and Jesus released, but the crowds called for Barabbas to be released and Jesus to be crucified.
- Pilate granted their demand and surrendered Jesus to their will (Luke 23:25). The trials of Jesus represent the ultimate mockery of justice.
The Anniversary of Jesus' Resurrection [aka Easter] Gives Us Hope
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live."
John 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:4
3-19-21, Soon we'll be celebrating the anniversary of Resurrection [aka Easter] of our Lord Jesus on Sunday, April 4, 2021 [different date every year; very weird]. It is not about brightly bunnies, colored eggs, wearing pastels, or enjoying a big meal, although it could include these. Easter is about the death and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We grieve terribly when a loved one has passed from this earth in 'Death' - seems so final. That's what the disciples were feeling when they saw their Lord Jesus, whom they had left everything to follow, hanging on that cross; they were devastated; but He told them He'd rise again. Luke 18:33
Humanity was not meant to grow old, to suffer with disease, or to die. But because of the sin of Adam and Eve, sin entered the human race, [Romans 5:12] and death followed with it. And death spread to all of us. Colossians 3:4;
If you have been born again [John 3:3, 7] repented of your sin, placed your faith in Christ, then Easter means that you too will live forever in the presence of God. 1 John 2:25
Jesus resurrection brings hope to the person who has been devastated by death and makes us fearless of our own earthly death. Death is not the end; and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ proves it. Thank You, Lord! Jesus is the resurrection and the life! Revelation 1:18
Why Did the Lord Jesus Christ Remain on Earth Forty Days in His Resurrected Body?
"Jesus shewed Himself alive after His passion [resurrection] by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: v6 The apostle Paul wrote: “Jesus appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living. v11 Angel said to apostles: Why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven."
4-16-20, The Lord Jesus arose from the grave and instead of immediately going to heaven ... why? He saw hundreds of people. He ate with His disciples and taught them of their future duties. Christ continued to instruct of His salvation message after His death and resurrection:
- Acts 1:2-3 giving His apostles final instructions
- Luke 24:27 gave apostles history lesson, beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, explaining what the Scriptures said concerning Himself
- Luke 24:32 tells us the disciples’ “hearts burned” as Jesus “opened the Scripture” to them giving them spiritual 'Light.'
- Matthew 28:19 Jesus told them: “Go and make disciples of all nations” by sharing with the world the great things that He has done – and the message of the hope of salvation that only the Lord Jesus could bring to all mankind.
- He appeared to the grave guards who fell as if dead. Matthew 28:4
- He appeared to Mary Magdalene, Matthew 28:6
- He appeared to two men on road to Emmaus: Cleopas and a companion, Luke 24:13-35
- He appeared in upper room to ten apostles and ate some boiled fish, Luke 24:42-43
- He confronted apostle Thomas - the doubter, Luke 24:39
- He helped seven apostles catch fish at the Sea Tiberias then ate breakfast with them of charbroiled fish and bread, John 21:9-14
- He was seen of more than 500 at once, 1 Corinthians 15:6
- He ascended to heaven while apostles watched Acts 1:11
Revelation 1:18 Jesus said, "and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore and I have the keys of death and of Hades." [Romans 6:9]
The promise of Christianity is that all believers will someday be raised from the dead. The Holy Bible reports of the many who were raised and will be raised. Among others, Jairus daughter, Lazarus, Dorcas - but the Lord Jesus WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO RAISED 'HIMSELF' from death and in the future all who are believers in the Lord who are asleep in their graves will arise and all future born again believers who pass from this world will also be raised. Hallelujah!
"From Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." Revelation 1:5-6
4-12-20, The Lord & 👑King Jesus Christ came as an innocent baby, lived an austere life doing many miracles preaching His good news of salvation to all who would repent and trust Him for eternal life. Removing the curse of sin for all born again [John 3:3,7] believers when He shed His perfect blood on the cross and rising from the grave. He is alive forevermore and so shall all who are His flock. Praise God He arose!! Luke 24:6; Matthew 28:5-6; Mark 16:6; 2 Corinthians 5:17 🙏🏻
Where Did Jesus' Mother Go After Jesus Ascended?
"Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, Mary and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw His mother and the disciple standing by, whom He loved [John], He saith unto His mother, 'Woman, behold Thy son!' Then saith He to the disciple, 'Behold thy mother!' And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home."
4-11-20, Apparently Mary's husband, Joseph was no longer alive as we hear nothing of him when the Lord Jesus was crucified, arose and ascended to Heaven [Acts 1:11]. Jesus' mother Mary  was present at her Son's crucifixion along with the Apostle John. Can we even imagine Mary’s pain as she watched Jesus’ torturous six hours on the cross? In scripture the Apostle John records that he and Jesus' mother were standing by the cross.
Important points of Jesus final hours in human flesh; He no longer calls Mary His mother but “woman,” which is a term of respect, but also differentiates that Mary is no longer seen as Jesus’ mother, but Jesus is now seen as Mary’s Savior [Luke 1:46-55]. In His agony He thinks and makes provision for His Mom assigning the Apostle John to care her.
The very last mention in Scripture of Mary comes in Acts 1:13-14 where the disciples “went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James” and “these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and His brothers”  (Acts 1:14).
In conclusion, we just don’t know what happened to Mary after Jesus ascended other than Jesus assigning John to care for her and she joined the new church; nothing more is given.
Whatever happened to Mary is not as important as what will happen to us if we've never repented trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ. [Luke 13:5] If a person has been born again [John 3:3,7] we will enter the kingdom to be with the Lord Jesus forever. The Holy Bible makes it clear what our future holds without placing your trust in Christ (Revelation 20:12-15).
 Mother Mary here www.deliveredbygrace.com/why-did-immaculate-mary-need-a-savior/
 Jesus' half brothers are mentioned in several Bible verses. Matthew 12:46, Luke 8:19, and Mark 3:31 say that Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see Him. Mary had four sons who were half brother to Jesus: James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas (Matthew 13:55). Jesus had sisters, but they are not named or numbered (Matthew 13:56). More in John 7:1-10, Acts 1:14, His brothers and mother are described as praying with the disciples. Galatians 1:19 mentions that James was Jesus’ brother. The most natural conclusion of these passages is to interpret that Jesus had actual blood half-siblings and clearly - Mary & Joseph had a normal marital relationship; she was not a 'perpetual virgin' as some teach.
Behold the "Lamb" of God
"Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us," and John 1:29, "Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world."
4-10-20, * -- The Passover feast day coincides with the final days of the Lord Jesus Christ, His crucifixion and resurrection [commonly called 'Easter']. It is the picture of Christ being the true Passover Lamb [John 1:29], the sacrifice that liberates all repentant mankind from sin [Luke 13:5], as did God free the Israelites from the bondage in Egypt. [Exodus 12:25]
Christ entered Jerusalem [John 12:13-14] on the 10th of Nisan, which is the day that the devoted Jews were choosing their Passover lambs. This is referenced in Matthew 21:9 where the great multitude spread their garments and branches on the way saying, "Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest."
Jesus went to the temple and angrily overturned the money changers' tables, [Mark 11:15] His authority was questioned by the religious leaders, and He gave the great commandments, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind...and the second one is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." He also sat with His disciples and taught the chronology of what would happen in the end of days; called the 'Olivet Discourse.' [Matthew 24:1-25:46; Mark 13:1-37; Luke 21:5-36]
The Lord Jesus stated to His disciples in Matthew 26:2, "Ye know that after two days is the feast of the Passover and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified." He then held an early Seder in which he spoke of the wine as His blood and the bread as His body.
The events of the evening followed where Christ was taken in the garden, brought before the priests who sought a false witness to put Him to death, but as Matthew 26:60 says, "But found none." He was taken before Pilate who also could find no fault in Him, but allowed the people to decide if He should be crucified. These events follow the examination of the Passover Lamb Who had no blemish. [Exodus 12:5; Leviticus 22:20-21]
The crucifixion of Christ took place as the Passover [John 11:55] lambs were being sacrificed in the Jerusalem temple. The Hebrew calendar starts its days from sundown to sundown, making its timing far different than the Gregorian calendar that we follow in both the day of the week, and when the weekends/beginnings occur to the Gregorian calendar.
The Pesach sacrifice (sacrifice of the Passover lambs) needed to be completed before sundown on Nisan 14 (which is Wednesday on the Hebrew calendar this year). The Messiah was nailed to the cross, suffered, and died before sundown on Nisan 14 [Wednesday, Matthew 27:50].
As the Passover lambs were being sacrificed, Christ was crucified. He was buried on Nissan 14 before the beginning of Shabbat and the Passover Feast. He remained in the grave until sometime after sundown (end of Nissan 16), the beginning of Nissan 17 and the dawn of the first day of the week, Sunday. "In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher." Matthew 28:1
Christ is the true Passover Lamb.
John 1:29; Revelation 4:10
His Agony and Our Access
Jesus and some disciples went to a place called Gethsemane for Jesus to pray before His crucifixion; He said to them: "Stay here and watch with Me."
Matthew 26:36, 38; Luke 22:43-44
4-5-20, Archives of Oswald Chambers -- We cannot learn about Gethsemane through our own personal experiences. We can never fully comprehend Christ’s agony when He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. It is the agony of God and man in one Person, coming face to face with sin - not His sin ... the sin of the entire world for all generations. [2 Corinthians 5:21]
It was not over His pending death that Jesus agonized. In fact, He stated very emphatically that He came with the purpose of dying. He was confident of getting through it as the Son of God but agonized over all that sin — Satan could not touch Him. (Hebrews 9:11-15; Luke 4:13).
The agony in Gethsemane was the agony of the Son of God in fulfilling His destiny as the Savior of the world. The veil is pulled back here to reveal all that it cost Him to make it possible for us to become sons of God. Gethsemane and Calvary are the gateway to forgiveness of our sin and eternal life with God. [John 3:16] The Cross of Christ was not only a sign that our Lord had triumphed over sin and the grave; but that He had triumphed to save all repentant humans from punishment and separation from God. Because of what the Lord Jesus Christ went through, every human being has been provided with a way of access into the very presence of God. Source
1 John 4:10, "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins." [Romans 8:3-4]
Happy Palm Sunday
Collection of beautiful songs of praise for the celebration of the week of the Lord Jesus sacrifice, crucifiction and resurrection.
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Apostle Peter Denied the Lord Jesus Christ Three Times and Wept
As the Lord Jesus was being abused and spit on in the interrogation before His crucifixion, the Apostle Peter was asked by some young girls: ‘Thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth.’ But he denied, saying, ‘I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest.’ V69 later the girl saw him again and said: ‘This is one of them.’ Peter denied it again. Others said to him, ‘Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto.’ But he cursed & swearing said: ‘I know not this Man of Whom ye speak!’ Then he remembered Jesus said he’d deny him and wept.
4-3-20, Surely human weakness and fear caused the Apostle Peter to deny associating with the Lord Jesus Christ; even knowing Him! [Mark 14:66-72] He watched Jesus being falsely accused, beaten, spit upon and insulted (Mark 14:57–66). To Peter’s credit, he didn’t flee the scene as the others did and he repented as he wept (Mark 14:50, 72).
Earlier, Jesus warned His disciples as well as us today, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first.” (John 15:18; Matthew 24:9) Peter quickly found he wasn’t nearly as bold and courageous as he had proclaimed. [Mark 14:30-31]
Jesus revealed to Peter that Satan had asked for permission to sift Peter like wheat (Luke 22:31). Jesus could have easily protected Peter not allowing Satan to sift him, but Jesus had a higher goal. He was equipping Peter to strengthen all disciples (Luke 22:32).
Perhaps because of Peter’s shame of denying the Lord bolstered and encouraged him to do so much better. He then strengthened other disciples, becoming a pillar of the early church in Jerusalem, exhorting and training others to follow and obey the Lord Jesus (Acts 2:1). And an example for all. Acts 2:7-38
Peter’s life gives us all hope for our temporary lapses; that even when our will is contrary to that of God, when we repent - as Peter did - God forgives us. Today, when the Lord Jesus is blasphemed and His name is used in cursing - we can have confidence to speak up:
"Please don't use the name of the Lord Jesus as a curse." (Romans 5:8-10; 1 John 1:9)
PASSOVER One of Two of the Most Important of God’s Feast Days
In 2020 it at sundown on Wednesday, April 8 ending at nightfall on Thursday, April 16, 2020
“And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying… 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. And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it forever.” v1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.”
FIRSTFRUITS is the Second Most Important of God's Feast Days
When the Lord Jesus, the Messiah Arose from the Dead
Many call it Resurrection Sunday or 'Easter'
3-28-20, *-- The Lord’s Holy Day of PASSOVER is one of two MOST important Holy day of all the Lord’s annual holy days. This study is to explain the parallels of the first PASSOVER in 1528 BC , the Lord Jesus dying, resurrecting and ascending in 30 AD and the end time events of 2020 AD. Prior to that first Passover, there was no Jewish nation. The Hebrews were slaves to cruel Egyptian taskmasters who cried out to the one true God for help. God’s ears are always open to the cries and prayers of “the righteous” [Psalm 34:15] He listened and set in place a new calendar year [Exodus 12:1-2] for the Jewish people with the first of His “holy days” being PASSOVER. Almighty God sent Moses to Pharaoh demanding the release the Hebrew slaves and he refused; the chronology of events of the rescue of the Hebrews with the future ‘rescue’ of sinners when the Lord Jesus was God’s lamb:
- On the 10th of Abib, every Hebrew family was to select a lamb for a sacrifice to God to be without “spot or blemish;” a perfect specimen. [Exodus 12:3-5; Joshua 1:11, 4:19] It is the same day the Messiah Jesus Christ triumphantly rode on a donkey into Jerusalem. [Mark 11:9-11]
- The lambs were examined for three days to be certain it had no defects. [Exodus 12:6] For three days Jesus was examined in six trials resulting in Pilate declaring His innocence. [John 18:12-14; Matthew 26:57; Luke 22:63, 23:4]
- On the evening of Abib 14 each household was to kill their lamb as a sacrifice to God, and they were not to break the lamb’s bones [Exodus 12:6, 9]. When Jesus was crucified no bones were broken. [John 1:29, 19:36]
- The 10th and final Egyptian plague was that every first born man & beast in Egypt would die, but not the Hebrews. They were told to spread the blood of the lamb to their door posts and death would ‘passover’ them. [Exodus 12:7, 13] The Lord Jesus as mankind’s ‘passover lamb’ Who shed HIS blood so all who repent trusting in Him will never die spending eternity with God. [John 11:26]
- After Pharaoh’s first born son died [Exodus 12:30] he demanded the Hebrews leave Egypt [Exodus 12:31-33]; they were set FREE from their bondage and lived. On 14th of Abib, Israel’s Hebrews left Egypt; crossed the Red Sea rejoicing as they were a FREE people having a NATION.
The parallel between the killing of the Hebrew passover lamb to free the Jews from Egypt and the crucifixion of the Messiah Lord Jesus Christ the Savior to free all mankind from the slavery of sin is unmistakable and undeniable.
The Lord Jesus arose from the dead and is the ‘Firstfruit’ of resurrections of the dead. In Leviticus 23:10-11 we see that a Jewish priest was to take a “sheaf” [not one, but many] “of the firstfruits of your harvest lift it into the air and wave it.” Surely that ‘sheaf’ typifies the resurrection of all true believers who will resurrect in the likeness of Christ’s resurrection [1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Romans 6:5]. The inspired Word twice explicitly refers to the Lord as the “firstfruits” of the resurrection. [1 Corinthians 15:20-23] It would be grammatically and scripturally incorrect to label anything as “firstfruit” unless there are more “fruits” to be gathered. This is the third spring feast also know as 'Easter.'
The current world’s tribulations mirror the Lord Jesus’ prophecy of end time events. [Luke 21:11] Scoffers and scorners say, ‘Oh but there’s been wars and rumors of wars for centuries, plagues of locusts, earthquakes and pestilences. All things go on as before!’ [2 Peter 3:4] Not like the current horrors of the world including the panic and hysteria of the pestilence of Corona virus; this is a new phenomenon. The increase of locust ; earthquakes  and pestilence  cannot be denied. The Lord Jesus said that all of these things would be “the beginning of sorrow.” [Mark 13:8] Not the end… “beginning”… and they are here – now.
This year’s anniversary of the Lord Jesus’ resurrection is Sunday, April 12, 2020. Is it just one more “coincidence” that the days of the week for this Passover and Firstfruit [Easter Resurrection Sunday, 4-12-20] come in the ‘likeness’ [ exact same order] as they did the week Christ was crucified and arose in 30 A.D.?
Many faithful believers are now obediently and faithfully sounding the trumpet of warning [Ezekiel 33:6], please add me to the list.
*Excerpted and adapted from emailed Bible Study from Pastor F. M. Riley, firstname.lastname@example.org
 First Passover date: https://www.biblicalcalendarproof.com/Timeline/PassoverDate
 Locusts 2020: https://www.businessinsider.com/desert-locust-plague-devastates-africa-photos-history-2020-2?op=1
 Earthquakes: https://www.usgs.gov/faqs/why-are-we-having-so-many-earthquakes-has-naturally-occurring-earthquake-activity-been?qt-news_science_products=0#qt-news_science_products
 Plague of Covid-19: https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2020/02/coronavirus-plague-predicted-in-2020-by-buddhist-monk-100-years-ago/
Happy Resurrection Sunday - 'Easter'
His apostles watched as He was taken up into heaven the same way He'll return to earth: Acts 1:3, 9-11
Messiah Savior Jesus Christ
Triumphantly is Greeted on "Palm Sunday'
As He Entered Jerusalem ...
With God's Approval They Killed Him ...
Then He Arose From Death
From the beginning God made it clear that sin will lead to death and only a perfect sinless sacrifice can save mankind from their sin. Christ was made in the likeness of the flesh of sin yet He was without spot or blemish; He gave Himself to save mankind from their sin.
Ancient Paintings of Jesus Christ Resurrection
Jesus Ascended to Heaven While Apostles Watched
2012, * -- Christ's Resurrection is one of the basic beliefs of the Christian faith; His triumph over death is fundamental and all the paintings depict the empty tomb. Christ remained here on earth until the Ascension. Christ is shown unclothed, since the shroud covered Him was left in the tomb.
“The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid Him. 3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. 4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. 5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. 6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, 7 And the napkin, that was about His head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. 8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. 9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.
John 20:1-17; Matthew 16:1-15; Mark 16:1-11; Luke 24:1-12
Comics, 4-1-18: Easter
Handel's Messiah Chorus Was Composed for Resurrection of Jesus - Not His Birth
Messiah is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frederic Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer.
It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later.
The text begins in Part I with prophecies by Isaiah and others, and moves to the annunciation to the shepherds, the only "scene" taken from the Gospels.
In Part II, Handel concentrates on the Passion of Jesus crucifixion and ends with the "Hallelujah" chorus of His resurrection.
In Part III the chorus he covers the resurrection of the dead Christ and His glorification in heaven.
The Anniversary of Jesus' Resurrection
[aka Easter] Gives Us Hope
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live."
3-31-18, * -- We celebrate the anniversary of Resurrection of our Lord Jesus on Sunday [aka Easter] on a different date every year; very weird. It is not about brightly bunnies, colored eggs, wearing pastels, or enjoying a big meal, although it could include these. Easter is about the death and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
For some, Easter will be a great day, spent surrounded by family and friends. But for others, it will be a sad day, because Easter is a reminder of a loved one who has died and is now desperately missed.
Death seems so cruel, so harsh, and so final. That is what the disciples were feeling when they saw their Lord, whom they had left everything to follow, hanging on the cross. They were devastated. Death had crushed them. But if they would have gone back in their memories, they would have recalled an important event and statement Jesus had made.
They would have remembered Jesus standing at the tomb of His close friend, Lazarus; that Jesus did something completely unexpected: He wept (John 11:35). Jesus wept, because He knew that death was not part of God’s original plan. Humanity was not meant to grow old, to suffer with disease, or to die. But because of the sin of Adam and Eve, sin entered the human race, and death followed with it. And death spread to all of us.
* Excerpted and adapted full original message from Greg Laurie here:
GOD'S STRONG DELUSION
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
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