April 24, 2011 at 1:31 pm #2656
My mother told me never discuss politics or religion in the work place. And always be respectful of what others believe. I live by those words. So to my scrappy friends who dont know the Christian reason for Easter…Here is what it is all about. Just for your understanding.
May you feel the presence of Christ in your heart today…
And to everyone else?? I hope the Easter Bunny leaves you lots of chocolate Joy!!!
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
By P. G. Mathew, M.A., M.Div., Th.M.
Copyright © 1995 by P. G. Mathew
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very heart of Christianity. In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. . . .We are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. In that same chapter he says If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen sleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But then Paul triumphantly declares, But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep (1 Cor. 15:14-20).
The First Easter
What do we mean by the resurrection of Christ? Jesus Christ came into this world to die as our substitute for our sins. The sinless Son of God came to give his life as a ransom for many (Matt. 20:28). On that first Good Friday, Jesus was crucified. We know he died because one of the Roman soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear to ensure his death. Some of his disciples then buried his body in a new tomb (John 19:30-42).
While Jesus was alive, he had predicted that he would rise from the dead. He challenged his enemies: Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days. He was speaking about his body (John 2:19-22). Jesus also told his disciples many times that he would be killed by the leaders in Jerusalem, but be raised to life on the third day. The leaders who killed Jesus were aware of this prediction that he would rise from the dead. Although they did not believe it, they wanted to ensure that it would not happen, so they set a guard around the tomb. In Matthew 27:62-66 we read, The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 'Sir,' they said, 'we remember that while he was still alive, that deceiver said, After three days I will rise again. So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body, and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.' 'Take a guard,' Pilate answered. 'Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.' So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.
Did the strategy of the chief priests and Pharisees succeed? No! Despite their efforts, Jesus rose from the dead. Remember how Jesus had said to Martha, I am the resurrection and the life? During his ministry on earth, Jesus brought a number of people to life from the dead, including Martha's brother Lazarus, who had been dead for four days (John 11). But the resurrection of Jesus Christ was different. It was not just resuscitation, as was the case with Lazarus, who later died again. On the third day Jesus was raised from the dead with a transformed body that was clothed with immortality and glory. His resurrection body could appear and disappear, go through material objects, and ascend to and descend from heaven.
On Easter moing some women and apostles went to Jesus' tomb, expecting to find his body. But the tomb was empty, and the angel at the tomb told them, He is not here; he has risen! Later they saw their risen Lord face to face. The gospels record these events, but the earliest written report conceing the resurrection of Jesus Christ was written by St. Paul within twenty-five years of Christ's death in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8: For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Later St. Luke the historian wrote in his introduction to the book of Acts, After [Jesus'] suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3).
Because of the miracle of Christ's resurrection, Jesus' depressed and disappointed disciples were instantly transformed. They began to preach the gospel with power, and the resurrection of Jesus was at the heart of their preaching. Why? Without the resurrection, there is no Christianity. These disciples of Jesus willingly suffered martyrdom for their faith. The enemies of the gospel were totally unable to refute this central claim of the gospel. They could not produce the body of Jesus Christ and put a stop to Christianity. The Jewish believers, meanwhile, were so impressed by this miracle that they began to worship on the day of Christ's resurrection, Sunday, rather than on Saturday, as their custom had been.April 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm #103835April 24, 2011 at 3:25 pm #103836April 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm #103837April 24, 2011 at 3:36 pm #103839April 24, 2011 at 3:37 pm #103838April 24, 2011 at 3:39 pm #103840
Happy Easter to all!!
Lisa – thank you for that. Although I believe, I'm still unclear on a lot of things. I enjoyed reading this. Thanks again!April 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm #103841April 24, 2011 at 3:43 pm #103842April 24, 2011 at 5:01 pm #103843
Blessed Easter! Lisa thank you for taking the time to post this here. XOXO girlsApril 24, 2011 at 6:54 pm #103844April 25, 2011 at 3:25 am #103845April 25, 2011 at 3:50 am #103846April 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm #103847
Love the picture. Happy Easter.
And for Catholics, Easter is a season that lasts for the next 40 days – so Happy Easter Season. For Non- Catholics, enjoy the after Easter chocolate sales. 🙂April 25, 2011 at 7:33 pm #103849
Jesus is Alive!!! Well done Lisa!!!
Being raised as a catholic I still take a bit of that with me today. I even gave up a major thing (to me) for Lent.
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