Busted Halo® has created a series of virtual stations designed for personal devotion. These stations relate to Jesus’ teachings about the Kingdom of God and the reason his vision of this Kingdom led to his death. Find a quiet place to watch these stations, and as you do the devotions be open to how God is speaking to you through the Stations of the Cross.
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…they did this to my Savior!
I’m a professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT, and today, I am celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. So are dozens of my colleagues. How can this be?
Click here and read the three hypotheses. The last one is funny!
Since we are coming of the celebration of Easter, I thought this article so significant. It poses potential issues surrounding the Resurrection of Jesus and deals with the facts.
I see that oral histories are dealt with in this article. Also that for those of us who want more data, Dr. Jones book, How We Got the Bible, is available with more extensive review of the data.
Article from TheGospelCoalition.org:
The witch’s knife plunged deep into the lion’s heart, and the majestic creature quivered and died. For a few seconds, complete silence descended on the movie theater. A slight sniffling beside me broke the stillness, and that’s when I heard my 9-year-old daughter whisper a rather profound word of wisdom to her friend.
A few months earlier, my daughter Hannah had heard the book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was being adapted into a feature film. I told her she wouldn’t be allowed to see the movie until she first read the fantasy novel by C. S. Lewis. Then I added a challenge: if she read all seven books in the series before the movie’s release, I’d take her and her friend Lacey to see it on opening day. Three weeks later, Hannah had devoured all of the Chronicles of Narnia. So, on the afternoon of its release, I ended up in a packed theater with two girls, watching The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Read more of this post
We celebrate Jesus! We celebrate His dying and why He died! We celebrate His resurrection from the tomb. We do this just like the earliest of Jesus followers. The following explains what they believed and celebrated almost from their very mouths.
A creed was developed by the early Christians and the Apostle Paul received it from other Apostles, Peter and James. Critics believe he received it when he first went up to Jerusalem, see Gal 1:18-19.
So what is this creed and how do we know it was a creed?
How do we know? Form criticism experts have done the research to determine that within these verses is the creed delivered to Paul.
What is the creed? I Corinthians 15: 3b-6a, and verse 7
…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…
…and that he was buried…
…and that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…
…and that he was seen by Cephas, then by the Twelve…
…then he was seen by over five hundred brethren at once…
…then he was seen by James, then by all the apostles…
So, there it is. A statement of faith by the earliest Christians going back to just after Jesus rose from the dead.
What is a creed? It is generally a summary statement about an event or set of beliefs. In this case it is both, because events were involved and these events established facts related to beliefs.
Could this be legend? I think not. This is a news flash of what happened right after it happened. It was coded and stated by Christians to one another and to others around them.
Do you believe these statements about Jesus? Do you want to investigate the earliest writings about him? Here it is. Read 1 Corinthians 15 and then move to the next documentation: the Gospel of Mark or any of the other gospels.
More lengthy research on the creed
Documentation regarding the Resurrection
He Came Down From Heaven
Why Did Jesus Die?
The palm leaf, ah, celebration! Celebration of Jesus coming!
The Cross represents His sacrificial gift for us, for me!
Christ died but that is not the end of the story, no!
Powerful proof Jesus rose when He said He would
I have included the story I read this morning below. This story is from Luke 24 and it is 3 days after Jesus was buried in a borrowed tomb.
If you are like, me you read the Bible and most of the words you and I read seem insignificant and it could be with this passage.
What do I see here in Luke 24? Despondent disciples of Jesus are walking along, probably sad and not speaking many words as they walk. As I read this set of verses this morning, I got to verse 21 and realized I wanted to shake Cleopas’ hand when I see him in heaven. He is a man after my heart. “I believe but then it seems not to have come true.” Read more of this post
Here are some deep words and concepts to ponder.
When it’s all said and done
When we sing our final song
Only love remains
Only His Love remains and our love for Him also. Let that love guide your life today.
What would you do different today if You lived by those thoughts? Read more of this post