Sunday, April 12, 2009

He's alive.

Well today commemorates another year in the death of Christ. For a lot it marks the end of forty day of fasting and sacrifice, also marking when Jesus was lead into the wilderness forty 40 days and tempted by the devil. The Bible says He was hungry. It was then that He was tempted by the devil, 3 different times. I personally do not hold the forty days known I think, as lent. But there are millions who do, and I admire them for it. Luke 4:1-13 tells the wonderful story, read it if you have time.

There is the feast of the passover also known as the last supper, remember, were Judas would give what I call the kiss of death to Jesus, where Jesus knew he would be betrayed. Matthew 26: 1- 30 (also read), this is another part of the wonderful stories before the death of Jesus known as Easter.

As you well know that within this time frame, you should have heard of the foot washing of the disciple by Christ, which means that Christ wasn't greater than they to wash their feet. John 13:3-10, out of this passage, I'd like to POINT out one part of it to show how important it is. John 13:8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. He's alive.

Friends it is important to know that if thou hold ought against any you should not partake of the Lord's supper but make things right first. Jesus spoke these words in John13:10, Jesus saith to him, he that is washed need not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, Friends before one partakes of the Lord's supper one must do the following. Matthew 5:21- 24, [21] Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: [22]But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire[23] Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there remember est that thy brother hath ought against thee; [24] Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. To get the true meaning of the death of Christ we must first lay everything aside in our life, ought and all, to truly partake in the death of Christ. He surely is alive.

The death of Jesus Christ had been foretold from ages ago, how the lamb should be cut off in the midst of the week, meaning that Christ would die for the sins of the world becoming the only sacrificial lamb needed forever to forgive men their sins, no longer would there ever have to be blood sacrifices to cover man's sin, no more slaying of goats, sheep, lambs, cows etc. Jesus was cut off or died in the midst of the week, buried in a tomb and arose on the third day. The times between the death and Resurrection times has been a sticking point for many Christians for many years. Mark 16:1-6 read the story.

That day they chose Jesus to die over a criminal. Such a sad, sad day. That day they made the very Savior carry the cross upon his back, as they spit, laughed, beat, and cursed Him, through the streets of Jerusalem, UP Golgotha hill, as He hung on the cross the pain must have been so much to bare , but He did it. He carried the weight of the world upon His shoulders. Just try and think what was going through His mind, as He hung there with a crown of thorns and nails drove through his hands and feet. Friends when He was on the cross we all were on His mind, as the blood trickled down His face, He saw us. Mark 15: 1-39, please read it you will see by reading of the pain, you were there on His mind.

Friends today if you have the chance to read and tell the story of Christ to your own children, please do. Not the Easter story, but the story of Christ. You see today as we are alive Christ also is alive and doing well remember He arose. He's alive.

I pray that today as we celebrate the resurrection, you will renew your relationship with Jesus. Make a new commitment to love, share and serve Him today, then share the Easter message with as many as possible. If you already have a relationship with Jesus then I pray today He will strengthen that relationship. If you have family that you have been praying for then I lift them up in agreement with you that the Lord will show them what He has done for them and that they too will accept this most precious of all gifts, God's amazing grace.
Well I think Ive said enough, thanks.
Shalom and Peace to Israel.

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