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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy...ending?


Or new beginning? That's a personal decision.

"On the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, 'Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.'" -Luke 24:1-6

"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic -- on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg -- or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to." --British author C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)

"I still can't help wondering how we can explain away what to me is the greatest miracle of all and which is recorded in history. No one denies there was such a man, that he lived and that he was put to death by crucifixion. Where...is the miracle I spoke of? Well consider this and let your imagination translate the story into our own time - possibly to your own home town. A young man whose father is a carpenter grows up working in his father's shop. One day he puts down his tools and walks out of his father's shop. He starts preaching on street corners and in the nearby countryside, walking from place to place, preaching all the while, even though he is not an ordained minister. He never gets farther than an area perhaps 100 miles wide at the most. He does this for three years. Then he is arrested, tried and convicted. There is no court of appeal, so he is executed at age 33 along with two common thieves. Those in charge of his execution roll dice to see who gets his clothing - the only possessions he has. His family cannot afford a burial place for him so he is interred in a borrowed tomb. End of story? No, this uneducated, property-less young man has, for 2,000 years, had a greater effect on the world than all the rulers, kings, emperors; all the conquerors, generals and admirals, all the scholars, scientists and philosophers who have ever lived - all of them put together. How do we explain that - unless He really was what He said He was?" -Ronald Reagan

I copied the above text from the most recent edition of the Patriot Post. There's another link (or two) in the left hand column of this blog.

I consider it very compelling that all but one of Jesus' Apostles were martyred rather than recanting their testimony about Him. They could have had their lives spared by saying that the things they'd been preaching about Him were not true...but they would not do so. Only the Apostle John was spared, although he was sent into exile on the island of Patmos, where he wrote his Revelation. But that's another story...

12 Comments:

Blogger Bunny said...

Jesus Christ IS Lord, Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer for all who believe in Him...Praise and Bless His Holy Name! He IS Risen, and it is not the "ending," but the BEST beginning of all time!

Your post is wonderful, Jack. Happy Resurrection Day, dear friend.

April 24, 2011 12:54 AM  
Blogger mmezalick said...

Happy Easter John, Glad to see you're still writing.

April 24, 2011 5:40 AM  
Blogger Beerme said...

"He is not here..."
A day for rejoicing. I hope for a great Easter Sunday for you and yours, Jack.

April 24, 2011 9:26 AM  
Blogger UpNorthLurkin said...

AMEN!

April 24, 2011 11:00 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Bunny:
It is my hope that posting things like this might reach some who otherwise wouldn't know about them. It's an attempt to fulfill what Jesus said, A.K.A. "The Great Commission": "...go and make disciples of all nations". There's more to it of course, but that's the gist of it.

I'm glad you liked the post; having something wonderful to write about makes it easy.

mmezalick:
When the spirit moves me, I write...and the Spirit moved me to write on this important topic.

Beerme:
The grave could not hold Him. He wasn't there that day, but now along with the Father and the Spirit He is everywhere.

UpNorthLurkin:
Amen and hallelujah! Or is it Alleluia? :-)
(Someday I'll have to look into that...)

April 24, 2011 1:52 PM  
Blogger Darthmeister said...

God bless and God speed to all Christian patriots during these perilous times. Consider it all joy when villified by those who are perishing as a result of their own willful ignorance and hate.

Hankmeister

April 24, 2011 3:23 PM  
Blogger Nick - The Survival Guru said...

Jesus is and has always been with the Father in all things. He alone is mankind's redeemer.
Happy Resurrection day to all who believe and we pray for the harvest and the harvesters.

It doesn't matter if the world is falling apart as long as we remain faithful and continually talk about him to un-believers. keep talking and telling the world about the kingdom. This is what Jesus was talking about. Father God is love, Agape love.

Nicky j./ angus the scot

April 24, 2011 6:41 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Darthmeister:
We must try to keep strong in our faith, remembering that although we are in the world, we are not of the world.

Nick:
Indeed; as it says regarding Jesus in the Gospel of John:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."

April 24, 2011 7:34 PM  
Blogger Just call me Shelly said...

As the Easter Sunday draws to an end I can't help but what went through the minds of those who experienced the miracle first hand.

Boy what joy, as well as puzzlement must have captivated their total being. Of course we understand because we have the "Book".

As each day goes by we too are often caught up by what we don't understand or things our minds can not conceive. Fortunately God has His book and we must know that just as the disciples had no idea what in the world was going down, we must completely trust in Christ Jesus.

Someday we may also see the book and look back and say aha, that is what God was doing.

Have a great Spring!

April 24, 2011 8:55 PM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Excellent quotes ALL, my friend. Here are 2 more...

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

I John Hancock, ...being advanced in years and being of perfect mind and memory -- thanks be given to God -- therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die [Hebrews 9:27], do make and ordain this my last will and testament... Principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it: and my body I recommend to the earth... nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mercy and power of God...
--From the Will of John Hancock, Signer of the Declaration of Independence

April 24, 2011 10:09 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

When I was younger ,I used to wonder how our merciful Lord God could allow his beloved Son, Jesus Christ,to suffer such unbearable pain and humiliation.Fathers try to spare their children.
Now I believe I understand.God wanted total proof ,proof ,none can ever deny. No matter how wonderful a mere mortal thinks he is ,he can NOT pass the test Jesus Christ passed.
Because we Christians are so sure and secure in our love and faith in Our Holy Savior,we don't have to face other religions down with anger and hatred.
For the other religions,anger and hatred are all they have.

April 24, 2011 10:50 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Shelly:
Easter Sunday is over now, in this time zone at least, but the meaning and spirit of Easter stays with us forever.

As you implied, "hindsight is 20/20"...but what an interesting time that must have been. Of course, per the ancient Chinese curse, we're living in rather interesting times today as well.

Hawkeye®:
Those are some great quotes too; thanks for posting them. I wasn't familiar with the one by John Hancock.

Barb:
I have often contemplated the gruesome brutality of Christ's crucifixion. Taking on the sins of everyone who has ever accepted Jesus as their Savior is quite a lot, though...

April 25, 2011 12:40 AM  

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