Resurrection Sunday

Resurrection Sunday

“That you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” 

Ephesians 1:18-21

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he. Proverbs 16:20

Happy are the people who are in such a state; Happy are the people whose God is the Lord. Psalm 144:15

 Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 15 Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied. 20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 1 Corinthians 15 12-20

What is your hope this Easter Sunday? That tomb, which is still empty should give you hope. God is concerned about your life and destiny. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. The apostle Paul believed that Jesus did rise from the dead, that means that our resurrection is assured! That’s what first fruits from the dead means, the first fruits were the first things picked during the harvest, this showed there was a harvest!

Our hope should forever be focused on our loving Father. He alone is our assurance in an unsure world. He alone is our peace in a world of turmoil, strife and disbelief. 

This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. The Lord’s loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him. Lamentations 3:21-25

Have a blessed Resurrection Sunday and make it a great week!

Good Friday

So he then handed Him over to them to be crucified. They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified Him, and with Him two other men, one on either side, and Jesus in between. Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It was written, “JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
— John 19:16-19

Palm Sunday

Palm Branches to the Cross

   Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble  and mounted  on  a  donkey, on a colt, the  foal  of  a  donkey. Zechariah 9:9 

   The book of Zechariah has the largest number of messianic messages (about Messiah) among the Minor prophets. His messages and visions all occurred about 500 BC. 

His Triumphal Entry

John 12:12-15 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel! And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” Remember, this is about 500 years later.

   There were actually two processions into Jerusalem that day. Roman historians record that the governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, led a procession of Roman cavalry and centurions into Jerusalem that same day. Quite different, as you can imagine, the two processions would be. The Roman army with bows, shields, and spears. Jesus with his disciples, had no earthly weapons. 

   Pilate, as governor of the region, knew that it was customary for the Roman governor of a foreign territory to be in its capital for religious celebrations. Pilate had to be there. This was, of course, all planned out by God from the beginning of time.

  This is just a very brief history of Palm Sunday. Very brief. So much occurred in the next few days that it would be impossible to cover it all here. But we will, in a few sentences try to cover the highlights.

   These highlights can all be found in John chapters 12 thru 18. 

Jesus tells how He will die, and that He will draw all people to himself.

Jesus came to save the world. And I know this commandment is eternal life.

Jesus washes the Disciples’ feet. Do you understand what I have done to you?

Jesus said one of you will betray me. What you are going to do, do quickly.

Jesus gave a new commandment. Love one another as I have loved you.

Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but thru me.

Jesus promises the Holy Spirit. Gives us another Helper, to be with us forever.

Jesus tells of the work of the Holy Spirit. He will guide you into all truth.

Jesus has overcome the world. In the world tribulation, in Jesus peace.

Jesus prays for Himself, the disciples, and all believers.

Jesus is betrayed and arrested. Shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?

I hope you will take time today to read these six chapters.

Have a blessed Palm Sunday and make it a great week!