Easter: Resurrection Sunday, Part 1
Halllelllujah! I Serve a Risen Savior!
Easter = RESURRECTION SUNDAY
RESURRECTION DAY is one of the most impressive, memorable, monumental moments in time. This is when CHRIST JESUS arose from the dead after being in the grave for three (3) days! WOW! JESUS won the ultimate spiritual, physical and emotional battle against darkness. RESURRECTION DAY" is the time when HIS WORLDWIDE CHURCH at large celebrates our LORD & SAVIOR’S magnificent, remarkable VICTORY OVER the principalities, over sin, death and the grave!
BLESS HIS HOLY NAME!!!
RESURRECTION DAY is truly RESURRECTION SUNDAY! It is the day HIS TRUE CHURCH CELEBRATES & the world recognizes that we BELIEVE CHRIST JESUS defeated death and AROSE from the grave VICTORIOUSLY with ALL POWER! We as believers serve an OMNIPOTENT GOD!
BLESS HIS HOLY NAME!!!
The GOSPEL is the “GOOD NEWS” of CHRIST JESUS!
Matthew, Mark, Luke & John provide an exceptional history of the life of Christ Jesus! Collectively the Gospels give and confirm an amazing accurate detailed account of His miraculous birth, sinless life, crucifixion, death, burial and marvelous resurrection from the dead!
The glorious glad tidings of His miraculous supernatural birth changed the course of the entire world. Jesus came to fulfill His earthly mission to SAVE us from the power of sin reigning within our daily lives. Jesus teachings were opposed by the majority of religious leaders. They were quite intimidated by him. He walked uprightly and lived among the people victoriously over sin. He wrought a plethora of magnificent miracles taught the masses and fed the multitudes.
Jesus often spoke in Parables to teach others. He did this in order to bring about a clearer understanding of the Kingdom of God. Parables are natural illustrations used to explain spiritual principles. All along while He was doing the work of the Father the religious leaders plotted against Him and sought vehemently to undermine and discredit Him. They eventually went so far to stage an unjust mock trial with false witnesses.
JESUS Warns His Disciples of His Death and Resurrection
Jesus was Divine! He was both fully GOD and fully man. No one else can ever claim this. He accomplished the impossible. He remarkably accomplished this vested incarnate, embodied within human flesh. JESUS knew that His time had come to complete His earthly mission which was fast approaching. Judas one of His very own disciples betrayed Him. Judas went to the chief priests and asked them; “What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand Him over.” Matthew 26. How ironic since Judas was the treasurer of the twelve disciples. How sad; especially since he followed Jesus so closely and was an eye witness to His many miracles. Judas allowed himself to be used by the devil to betray Jesus for money. This should be an unforgettable lesson to His Church. Judas was so spiritually blinded that he even compromised himself and the principles of God for money to betray the Lord. Not really realizing with Christ Jesus in his life he already had everything that he would ever need for Life & Living!
During the Passover meal known as “The Last Supper” while with His disciples Jesus again warned them of what was to come. If you read this closely you will see he revealed to them exactly who would betray Him. They all ate the traditional Passover Meal together. They also shared and broke unleavened bread and wine together. Jesus Himself was soon to become the final sacrificial Passover Lamb! It was customary at this time for them to eat from a common bowl in which they all dipped their hands.
“When evening came, JESUS was reclining at the table with the twelve. And while they were eating, He said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray Me.” They were very sad and began to say to Him one after the other. “Surely not I, Lord?”
“Jesus replied, ‘The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with Me will betray Me. The Son of Man will goeth just as it is written about Him. But woe to the man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for Him if he had not been born.” Then Judas, the one who would betray Him, said “surely not I, Rabbi?” Jesus answered, “Yes it is you.” Matthew 26.
Jesus proceeded to serve them unleavened bread and wine. He took the bread and broke it and gave it to them saying “Take and eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup gave thanks and offered it to them saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is My blood of the new covenant. Which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink anew with you in My Father’s Kingdom.” When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” Matthew 26.
Whenever or wherever we partake in HOLY COMMUNION to acknowledge our LORD & SAVIOR; it should always be done with respect. It is indeed a holy sacred occasion to bring honor and glory to our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. It is in remembrance of; HIS amazing sinless Life, extremely painful crucifixion upon the cross, heinous excruciating painful death, HIS burial and HIS MIRACULOUS RESURRECTION arising from the grave in VICTORY! We should be ever mindful that it is both a sacred solemn and joyous occasion. We must recognize that this is a foundational principle belief to The GOSPEL! It should never be done in haste or disrespectfully. It has become a common ritual for many... Communion is a sacred time for us to acknowledge and remember how miraculously our LORD & SAVIOR CHRIST JESUS rose with ALL POWER. For this we can always REJOICE!!!
Today in this 21st century over 2,000 years later, we continue to take Communion in remembrance of the “Last Supper” that took place in the Upper Room. The Passover commemorates when Israel was delivered from slavery out of Egypt. We commune together for worship as believers to joyfully reflect on the Lord’s Promise to return again. We can do this with a few, many or a massive assembly. The respect should special occasion should always be apparent. The unleavened bread represents HIS BODY and the wine/juice HIS BLOOD. We should show our APPRECIATION & THANKFULNESS for ALL the LORD JESUS CHRIST did for us and continues to do. Communion is in remembrance and out of respect for the Body and Blood shed by our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. He was the Holy Sacrificial Lamb that atoned for the sins of the entire world. Communion is also called the Eucharist meaning Thanksgiving!
Jesus Betrayed With A Kiss In The Garden of Gethsemane
The Garden of Gethsemane is where Jesus went to pray right before His betrayal. Here He agonized over what was to come. He asked His disciples to stay awake and pray with Him. He knew that his earthly body would have to endure excruciating pain and extreme emotional turmoil. He knew that He was destined to soon take upon Himself the sins of the world. His soul was immensely sorrowful. Therefore He prayed so very passionately that He profusely sweated blood. He warned His disciples to “Watch and Pray so they would not enter into temptation!” But they fell asleep anyway.
“While He was still speaking Judas, one of the Twelve arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The One I kiss is the Man; arrest Him. Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. Jesus replied, “Friend do what you came for.”
"Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested Him. *With that one of Jesus’ companions reached for a sword, drew it and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. “ Matthew 26
*It was actually his disciple Peter who cut off Malchus’ ear. Still, at this very time, Jesus was thinking of others rather than Himself. Jesus immediately healed Malchus by placing his ear back into place. Jesus told Peter that He was there to complete the will of the Father and fulfill the prophecy!
“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him. “For all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you not think I cannot call My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?” At that time Jesus said to the crowd, “AM I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture Me? But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then ALL the disciples deserted Him and fled.” Matthew 26.
TRULY; SALVATION IS A PRECIOUS GIFT! It is always good to remember that we ALL are "SAVED BY GRACE!" We have no power to save ourselves or anyone else. We are not saved by works, who we are, or what we do or what we have or give... Salvation cannot be bought or sold. Without the LORD we are just walking breathing shaped formed dust with a bleak future and life after death in the lake of eternal fire... It is because of HIS LOVE for us CHRIST JESUS died in our place. He atoned for the sins of the entire world. We who accept HIM as LORD & SAVIOR have been wonderfully REDEEMED... He graciously extends Salvation & Eternal Life to us who accept. With the Lord we have much to be thankful for. For we can do great and marvelous things through Christ Jesus. I daily Thank the Lord for HIS CALL upon my life. For: "Greater is HE that is within me than he that is in the world" We access HIS POWER but never become the POWER!
ALL Praise be to GOD for HE has also given us a way to ETERNAL LIFE with HIM!
JESUS IS: "The Way the Truth and the Life!" He is the only door to Heaven! We all have so much to be Thankful for and its ALL because of CHRIST JESUS!