31/03/2013

Happy Easter, happy Resurrection day.

Happy resurrection day to you all, friends and visitors! At the end of my Scripture Union bible notes, in today's reading, the author, Derek Tidball asks these two questions: what would you think if it were you who found the tomb empty? Does this help you in sharing the message with those who don't believe in the resurrection? For me, the whole Christian faith hinges upon the resurrection as Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians  15:20-28 20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 
Here is the beautiful passage that brings confirmation that we can trust Jesus-Christ completely and that what he said was the truth and what he did for us fulfilled Isaiah's prophecy and many other prophecies. Isaiah 53:8, 11 [8] By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken. [11] After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. 700 B.C.

20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
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 came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) Then the disciples went back to where they were staying. John 20:1-9
Blessings, N.

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