Would you know it was Jesus?
Who else saw Jesus see after he had shed his burial clothes?
Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaeus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. (Luke 24) They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them, but they were kept from recognizing him. This I do not understand--somehow, his…Continue
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The Epicenter of Christianity. Today's Scripture from Luke 24 and John 20
So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was…Continue
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Christ is risen . . . He has risen indeed! Did you say that at church yesterday? This year, my Easter celebration was uniquely punctuated by sunset at the beach. I’ll get back to that, but for now, how blessed are we to go to church two thousand years after the resurrection and celebrate what took place on that Sunday so long ago?!
Remember? “On the first day of the week, at early dawn, they [the women] went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the…Continue
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Crucified, buried . . . Finally, the procession reaches the top of Mount Calvary--Jesus and two criminals are to be crucified. Jesus is stripped naked, his bruised and bloodied arms outstretched on the rough wood--a five-inch long, three-eighths-inch square nail is driven through each of his hands--actually, more the wrists. Crucifixion is meant to be humiliating beyond compare, excruciating without any other equal, as each painful hour drags by before death by suffocation eventually…Continue
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A FRIEND LIGHTENS THE LOAD. And as they led Him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country and laid on him the cross to carry it behind Jesus. And there followed Him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for Him. Luke 23.26 and following. . .
Good Morning, Friends.
We follow Jesus on the road to the crucifixion . . . I was trying to devise something encouraging out of this very heavy passage, realizing how…Continue
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The biblical accounts from Luke 23 and Matthew 27:
JESUS BEFORE HEROD ANTIPAS. When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had wanted to see him; in fact, he was hoping to see him perform some sort of miracle. He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave no answer. The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing our Lord in an elegant robe, they…Continue
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We left Jesus standing before the Sanhedrin, with Caiaphas saying, 'we don't need any more witnesses--we heard all we need to hear,' planning to send Jesus to Pilate, governor of Judah~
There is no doubt that this was the most famous and the most important trial in all of history, so let’s take a look at the accounts from all four gospels, as Jesus begins his civil trial.
They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor. By now it was early morning,…Continue
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Jesus finishes his time of agonizing prayer, and returns to his men, barely in time for his friend, Judas, to step forward and kiss him . . . ensuring those who had come to arrest him, that he was indeed The Man. Luke continues with the events of that night:
The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking him and beating him. They blindfolded him and demanded, "Prophesy! Who hit you?" And they said many other insulting things to him. At daybreak the council of the elders of the people,…Continue
And so Jesus departs from the Upper Room . . . and begins the quiet march toward his arrest. He returns again this night to the Mount of Olives, and stops in the garden that we hold so dear, the Garden of Gethsemane, where he prayed to his Father, about the agony that was soon to come upon him. . . Luke 22.39-46 - www.biblegateway.com
Let's think for a moment about what it must have been…Continue
Irony that hurts
Isn't it ironic. . .
An old man turned ninety-eight
He won the lottery and died the next day
It's a black fly in your Chardonnay
It's a death row pardon two minutes too late
And isn't it ironic?
It's like rain on your wedding day
It's a free ride when you've already paid
It's the good advice that you just didn't take
Who would've thought... that this tune would have run through my head as I…Continue
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At sundown of that same day, thirteen men met to celebrate the Passover in a great gray hall, an upper room in a house on Mount Zion, the northeast corner of the height of Jerusalem. In the tall-roofed chamber with heavy beams holding up the ceiling, the only furnishings were rattan divans and a long oaken table, on which tall candles were burning. The flickering flames played upon the sturdy figures of the Apostles, and repeated them in distorted shadows against the…Continue
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Let us shift our focus from Rome back to Jerusalem and cast our gaze toward the Upper Room. It is Passover time, so the city is teeming with people. All Jewish males over the age of 12 were required to go there for the festival, which was followed by a seven-day celebration called the Festival of Unleavened Bread. For these festivals, Jews from all over the Roman Empire would converge on Jerusalem to celebrate the most important events in their history. You will remember that the Passover…Continue
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I asked you the other day whether or not you believe that you are chosen by God. God chose you and me to love him and enjoy his love forever.
I hope that the word “chosen” speaks to you. As children of God, we are God’s chosen ones. Chosen means you are wanted, your company is sought after—I like that. When I know that I am chosen, I know that I have been seen as a special person. Someone has noticed me in my uniqueness and has expressed a desire to know me, to come closer to me,…Continue
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Do you believe that you were chosen by God? I mean, chosen out from all the rest, which would follow then, that some were not chosen? Hmmm.
We have looked at Romans 8, verse 28, from a couple different angles—today, please consider how it leads into the thoughts which come after it: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” And now, today’s text: “For those God foreknew he also predestined…Continue
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She is an amazing lady—now more amazing than any of us knew before! Her calling in life has been to advocate for schoolchildren who are unable to maintain in the convention classroom setting, who have special challenges . . . and without her, honestly, would be lost. She is an angel to hundreds—both students and forever-devoted grateful parents. Let’s call her ‘Cherie’.
Cherie had not been feeling well for a while, and in the final analysis, scans, a scope, blood work, etc.…Continue