Jesus’ Crucifixion Date and the Number 3 – Joel - https://www.christianevidence.net/2018/04/evidence-for-jesus-crucifixion-on-april.html
There are several clues from scripture that indicate the precise year, month, day, and hour when Jesus died. These clues are as follows:
1. The High Priesthood of Caiaphas: The Gospels suggest that Caiaphas, the high priest of the first century, instigated the Crucifixion of Jesus (Matt. 26:3-4, Jhn. 11:49-53). Historical records confirm that he held the position of high priest from 18 to 36 A.D., placing Jesus’ death within that period.
2. The Governorship of Pontius Pilate: The four Gospels concur that Pontius Pilate ordered the Crucifixion of Jesus (Matt. 27:24-26, Mrk. 15:15, Luk. 23:24, Jhn. 19:15-16). Historical records confirm that he held the position of governor of Judea between 26 to 36 A.D. Thus, we can limit the time range for Jesus’ Crucifixion to a few years within that period.
3. After “the Fifteenth Year of Tiberius Caesar”: The Gospel of Luke specifies that John the Baptist’s ministry began in 29 A.D., the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar’s reign when the Word of God came to him in the wilderness (Luk. 3:1-2). Based on all four Gospels, which indicate that Jesus began His ministry after John the Baptist (Matt. 3, Mrk. 1, Luk. 3, Jhn. 1), we can further narrow down the time range. Therefore, Jesus’ Crucifixion must have happened within a seven-year period, from 29 to 36 A.D.
4. Crucified on a Friday: The four Gospels concur that Jesus was crucified on a Friday (Matt. 27:62, Mrk. 15:42; Luk. 23:54; Jhn. 19:42), shortly before the Sabbath, which preceded the first day of the week (Matt. 28:1, Mrk. 16:2, Luk. 24:1, Jhn. 20:1). The mention of “the day of preparation” on which Jews made necessary preparations for the Sabbath confirms that it was a Friday. Therefore, we can narrow down the possible days for Jesus’ Crucifixion to Fridays occurring between 29 and 36 A.D.
5. A Friday at Passover: The four Gospels concur that Jesus was crucified during the annual Passover feast (Matt. 26:2, Mrk. 14:1, Luk. 22:1, Jhn. 18:39). John notes that on the morning of Good Friday, the Jewish authorities had not yet eaten the Passover meal (Jhn. 18:28-29), suggesting that the Passover would have begun at sundown on Friday. This narrows down the possible dates for Jesus’ Crucifixion to April 7 of 30 A.D. or April 3 of 33 A.D., as these are the only two Fridays between 29 and 36 A.D. on which Passover began at sundown.
6. John’s Three Passovers: The Gospel of John records three Passovers during Jesus’ ministry: at the beginning (Jhn. 2:13), middle (Jhn. 6:4), and end (Jhn. 11:55). This indicates a ministry of at least two years, but likely closer to three and a half. Therefore, the 30 A.D. date is unlikely as there isn’t enough time between 29 A.D. and the next Passover to accommodate a ministry of at least two years. Based on this evidence, Jesus’ death is most likely to have occurred on Friday, April 3, 33 A.D.
7. “The Ninth Hour”: Matthew, Mark, and Luke all note that Jesus died at about “the ninth hour” (Matt. 27:45-50, Mrk. 15:34-37, Luk. 23:44-46), which is equivalent to 3:00 p.m. Using this information, we can pinpoint the exact time of Jesus’ death to around 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 33 A.D.
Daniel’s Seventy-Weeks Prophecy
The prophecy of the “seventy weeks” in Daniel 9:24-27 provides additional evidence for the date of Jesus’ Crucifixion. Specifically, Daniel 9:25 states:
“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks...”
This prophecy reveals that from the command to rebuild Jerusalem, there would be seven weeks (49 years) and sixty-two weeks (434 years), totaling 483 years or 173,880 days (using 360-day prophetic years), until the arrival of the Messiah. This arrival is marked by Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, where He publicly declared Himself as the Messiah.
It is a historical fact that King Artaxerxes of Persia gave the command to rebuild Jerusalem on March 5, 444 B.C., which is recorded in the book of Nehemiah. Adding 173,880 days to this date leads us to March 30, 33 A.D. If this is indeed the day when Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, then it further supports the date of Jesus’ Crucifixion as Friday, April 3, 33 A.D., which occurred four days later (Jhn. 12:1-19).
In addition to scriptural evidence, there is also seismological, historical, and astronomical evidence supporting the Crucifixion of Jesus on April 3, 33 A.D.:
1. Seismological Evidence: The Bible records an earthquake in Jerusalem following Jesus’ Crucifixion (Matt. 27:51-54; Mrk. 15:38; Luk. 23:45). According to the Institute of Creation Research, a thin layer of disturbed sediment in a laminated Dead Sea outcrop in Wadi Ze’elim points to an earthquake in 33 A.D. Moreover, the earthquake database maintained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration does not record any other significant earthquake in Jerusalem between 1 and 50 A.D., apart from the earthquake in 33 A.D.
2. Historical Evidence: The Bible records darkness during the last three hours of Jesus’ Crucifixion (Matt. 27:45; Mrk. 15:33; Luk. 23:44-45). This darkness was documented by several ancient secular historians who lived at or near the time of Jesus, and one of them, Phlegon, provided a specific date for it—dating it to the fourth year of the 202nd Olympiad (32 or 33 A.D.). See more: Is There Historical Evidence for the Darkness & Earthquake at the Crucifixion?
3. Astronomical Evidence: On April 3, 33 A.D., the planets Saturn, Uranus, Jupiter, Earth, and Venus aligned in a way that resembled Jesus on the cross, with the head, hands, and legs accurately positioned and rotated on a galactic scale. Even Saturn’s rings could be interpreted as the “halo” or “crown of thorns.” This alignment has occurred only six times between the year 0 and 2000 A.D., which is equivalent to once every 333 years. Is it merely a coincidence?
An orrery model of the planetary alignment on April 3, 33 A.D., which some believe resembled Jesus on the cross. Photo by Miguel Antonio Fiol.
Interestingly, a partial lunar eclipse was also visible in Israel that same day, which some scholars believe to be a partial fulfillment of Joel 2:31-32’s prophecy, “The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood...And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” While it is uncertain whether the eclipse that evening would qualify as a “blood moon”, its duration of 333 minutes and placement 66 degrees above the horizon make it a noteworthy event.
A Recurring Pattern of 3s
An interesting pattern that may have caught your attention is the frequent occurrence of the number 3 in connection to Jesus’ Crucifixion. It is worth noting that the number 3 appears 467 times in the Bible and symbolizes completeness or perfection, although to a lesser extent than the number 7. In the context of Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection, the number 3 holds immense significance. For instance, Jesus prayed 3 times in the Garden of Gethsemane before His arrest, was crucified at the 3rd hour, suffered in darkness for 3 hours while on the cross, and remained dead for 3 days and 3 nights before His Resurrection.
The evidence presented in this article reveals that the number 3 is even more prevalent in relation to Jesus’ Crucifixion. It can be deduced that when Jesus uttered the words “It is finished!” (Jhn. 19:30) just before His death, indicating finality akin to the number 3, it was exactly 3 p.m. on April 3, 33 A.D. At the same time, there was a rare planetary alignment resembling Jesus on the cross, which occurs approximately once every 333 years, along with a 333-minute-long lunar eclipse angled at 66 (33 x 2) degrees on the horizon. Only God could have orchestrated such an intricate sequence of events!
Based on the evidence presented, I conclude that Jesus was most likely crucified on April 3, 33 A.D., and this is supported by the work of scholars such as Colin Humphreys and W.G. Waddington. While the exact date of Jesus’ Crucifixion may not be significant in the grand scheme of things, the details surrounding the event reinforce the historicity of the biblical account and suggests evidence of God’s hand in the sequence of events. For more evidence supporting the Crucifixion itself, refer to Extra-Biblical Historical Evidence for Christianity.
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2 ICR. (1995, October 18). Sixty. Institute for Creation Research (ICR). https://www.icr.org/article/sixty/
3 Austin, S. A. (2010). Greatest Earthquakes of the Bible. ICR. https://www.icr.org/article/greatest-earthquakes-bible/
4 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). (n.d.). Significant Earthquake Information. National Centers for Environmental Information. Retrieved April 7, 2023, from https://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/hazel/view/hazards/earthquake/event-more-info/8178
5 Phlegon. (2nd century CE). Fragment from Olympiades he Chronika 13, as cited in Keller, O. (Ed.). (1877). Rerum Naturalium Scriptores Graeci Minores (Vol. 1, p. 101). Leipzig Teubner.
6 Newswire.com. (2015, August 26). Researcher Claims Discovery of 'Jesus in the Stars'. Newswire. https://www.newswire.com/news/researcher-claims-discovery-of-jesus-in-the-stars
7 Faulkner, D. (2014). Did the Moon Appear as Blood on the Night of the Crucifixion?. Answers Research Journal, 7, 27-30. https://www.answersingenesis.org/arj/v7/moon-blood-night-crucifixion.pdf
8 NASA. (2009, June 7). Partial Lunar Eclipse of 0033 Apr 03. https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEhistory/LEplot/LE0033Apr03P.pdf
9 Humphreys, C. J., & Waddington, W. G. (1983). Dating the Crucifixion. Nature, 306, 743-746. https://doi.org/10.1038/306743a0
A Country Not To Be Trifled With – By Amir Tsarfati - https://harbingersdaily.com/worldview-with-amir-tsarfati-a-country-not-to-be-trifled-with/
Happy Passover from beautiful Japan! I arrived here in time to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom, and it is like nothing I have ever experienced before. At one point I was looking down a pathway with the flowery trees on either side. Then a slight breeze kicked up and the petals began to gently descend to the ground. It was like a floral snowfall. God makes all things beautiful!
Passover began Wednesday night and carries through today. It is the time that we Jews remember the Lord’s faithfulness and power in rescuing the Hebrews from their Egyptian slavery. As He did, He made a distinction between His people and those who followed other gods. As Christians, it is at this time of the year that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus the Messiah. It, too, was a marvelous demonstration of God’s faithfulness and power as He rescued us from our slavery to sin. It is a reminder to us that He makes a distinction between those who make Jesus their Lord and those who follow other gods or no god at all. That dissimilarity will be most evident on the soon coming day when our Savior returns in the clouds to take His church, both dead and living, to be with Him for eternity.
Colossians 2:16-17 KJV – “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.”
Israel’s Jets vs. Iran’s Drone
Over the last two weeks, Israel has struck Iran’s proxies in Syria an unprecedented five times. The Islamic regime is taking advantage of the discord in Israel to pour drones, game-changing precision missiles, and high-ranking military officials into Syria. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government, however, demonstrated very clearly that when it comes to national defense, we are not a country to be trifled with. Two Iranian officials have been killed and drone production facilities have been strongly targeted. The reaction of Iran, though, has been uncharacteristic. First, where normally they would deny they had military leaders in Syria, this time they named them and even published details about their funerals. Then, to show that their drone capabilities are unphased, they flew a UAV across the Syrian border and into Israel. Rather than shoot down the drone, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) brought it to the ground electronically so that they can tear it apart and study it. For much more information on this Israel/Iran battle in Syria, please watch my Breaking News Update from Monday.
Israel’s Conservatives Stand with Netanyahu as Nation Averts Coup
Last Thursday, close to 100,000 supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s judicial reform plan gathered in Tel Aviv, blocking the same main highway that the anti-reform protesters had shut down just days before. While many are disappointed that the PM put a freeze on the judicial plan, most recognize the need for it. Moshe Saada, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, said that Israel was on the cusp of a military coup. Army generals had threatened the government, which led to the prime minister determining that a time out was needed for the judicial legislation.
Palestinians Employ Usual Tactics and Get Usual Results
Around major Jewish holidays, the Palestinian playbook lays out the following game plan. Invade and takeover the al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount. Protest and throw some things around. Stay past the time allowed by the agreed-upon rules and protocols. Turn on cameras when the Israeli police come to clear them out. Show videos to the world to demonstrate how the Jews plan to take over the Temple Mount and persecute the Arabs. Why do the Palestinians continue to do this time after time? Because it works. While everyone who pays attention to what is really going on simply rolls their eyes and shakes their heads, most people don’t take time to learn the true story. They just see images of Israeli police on the Temple Mount, and they read the brief captioned Palestinian narrative. Before you know it, Israel is once again vilified, the UN is passing another resolution, and Israel and Gaza are back in a rocket vs. airstrike battle. That is what has been happening since Tuesday and will likely continue for several days to come. Today, it has all been escalating even more. Please watch my Breaking News Update from a couple hours ago to get the latest very important news! Happy Passover!
Turkey Opens Door for Finland’s NATO Admission
After praising Finland for taking significant steps to protect Turkey’s security, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan withdrew his country’s objection to Finnish acceptance into NATO. On Tuesday, the Nordic country became the 31st member of the security alliance. This is a major blow to President Vladimir Putin, as it greatly expands NATO’s presence on Russia’s border. The day after Finland joined NATO, the country announced that it is going to purchase the David Sling air defense system from Israel at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars.
Former US President Donald Trump Pleads Not Guilty in NYC Court
In a move that shocked absolutely no one who has any understanding of today’s Left, a Manhattan court arraigned former President Donald J. Trump on 34 counts of falsifying business records. The charges stem from hush-money allegedly paid to two pornography stars. The 45th president pleaded not guilty on all counts. His next court hearing will not take place until December.
US Kills ISIS Leader
Another ISIS leader met his end Tuesday. Khalid `Aydd Ahmad al-Jabouri found himself on the wrong end of a US strike in Syria, and now he will no longer be able to continue planning ISIS attacks in Europe. Thanks, CENTCOM!
US Advances Partial Iran Nuclear Deal Days After Iran’s Proxies Kill US Contractor
Less than two weeks after Iranian proxies killed a US civilian contractor and wounded five service members and a second contractor, the Biden administration is considering putting forth a partial nuclear agreement with Iran’s terrorist regime. In this proposal, the US would unblock $7 billion and ease other sanctions. In return, Iran would promise to hold their enrichment at 60%. Since the IAEA has already determined that the ayatollahs have enriched to 90%, that promise seems somewhat dubious. It’s no wonder the Saudi Crown Prince is turning his head from the American West to the Chinese East.
OPEC+ Production Decrease Causes Global Price Increase
The OPEC+ nations decided Sunday to cut oil production. The next day, prices rocketed up 6%. Describing the cuts as “precautionary”, the 1.16 million barrels per day (bpd) decrease brings the total recent cut in output to 3.66 million bpd. In a related story, Japan has decided to bust the sanctioned price cap on Russian oil so they can ensure continued access to the crude. The US had pressed for a $60/barrel max price for themselves and Europe. Japan presented their case to the US, and the Americans agreed to the exception.
Chinese Yuan Unseats US Dollar in Russia
For the first time, China’s yuan has surpassed the US dollar as the most traded currency in Russia. While continued western sanctions due to Russia’s belligerence against Ukraine have separated Moscow and Washington, Beijing has stepped in to fill the void. The growing partnership between the two nations should be a source of concern for Europe and America.
This is truly a weekend of celebration. On Friday, we celebrate the love, grace, and mercy that led Jesus the Messiah to willingly sacrifice Himself on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. Then, on Sunday, we rejoice and revel in the power of God that raised our Savior up from the grave. He is the first fruits of the resurrection, assuring us that one day we, too, will be transformed from corruptible to incorruptible as we join Him in the air. Hallelujah! What a day that will be!
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Revealed in the Upper Room: The Rapture - By Paul J. Scharf - https://www.raptureready.com/2023/04/01/revealed-in-the-upper-room-the-rapture-by-paul-j-scharf/
We are fast approaching that time of year in which we remember the death of the Lord Jesus and celebrate His victory over death through His resurrection.
I would like to focus on Jesus’ ministry following the Passover meal He shared with His disciples in the Upper Room.
There Jesus revealed many new truths for the forthcoming church age to those who would become its “foundation” (Eph. 2:20)—though they were certainly unworthy and lacking understanding at this time (see John 13:24 and 14:5 for examples). All of this commenced once Jesus had identified and dismissed Judas, the betrayer (John 13:21-30).
The disciples were certainly not cognizant of almost anything that was about to play out at this most poignant moment in history. They were absolutely unprepared for Christ’s death, which would take place in less than 24 hours—to say nothing of His resurrection or ascension. They had no grasp at all of a complete dispensational change, which would see God’s focus move away from the nation of Israel to a brand “new man” (Eph. 2:15) called the church.
Jesus was preparing His disciples for this amazing set of events that would transform the world—only a little more than 50 days away! But He did not ease into His conversation. Rather, He begins at the end—the end of the church age, that is—with the rapture of the church.
Personally, I had to be convinced that John 14:1-4 was really a specific prophecy of the pretribulational rapture rather than a general statement about Christ’s second coming. What finally persuaded me was the very clear connection between this passage and the classic rapture passage in 1 Thess. 4:13-18. As LaHaye and Mayhue state: “Note the close parallels between the promises of John 14:1-3 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.”
I agree here with The MacArthur Study Bible in its comment on John 14:2-3: “This is one of the passages that refers to the rapture of the saints at the end of the age when Christ returns.”
Notice the similarities between the two passages that support this thesis:
To sum up, it seems clear to me that Jesus was opening New Testament teaching on this previously unknown subject—which we now call the pretribulational rapture.
The rapture and the details surrounding it are termed “a mystery” in 1 Cor. 15:51. Some would argue that only the Apostle Paul had the ministry of revealing mysteries regarding the church age. But Paul himself testified that this was, in fact, not the case. He said these were “revealed … to His holy apostles and prophets” (Eph. 3:5). A New Testament mystery is not defined as something that was revealed only through Paul. Rather, it is truth that was never prophesied in the Old Testament that relates to the church age—which was itself “hidden in God” (Eph. 3:9) in the time before the first coming of Christ. I believe that Paul defines a mystery as such in Rom. 16:25-26.
Jesus had, in fact, given the first hints about this new church dispensation in Matt. 16:18 and 18:15-17.
Jesus Christ’s resurrection: The best documented event of ancient history - By Scott S. Powell - https://www.christianpost.com/voices/jesus-resurrection-the-best-documented-event-of-ancient-history.html
While Christmas — the birth date of the Messiah, Jesus Christ — marks the watershed of splitting calendar history into two epochs, B.C. and A.D., Easter marks the day and commemorates actual events, however miraculous, that followed the crucifixion and death of Christ that transformed the world forever.
But how and why would that torturous event and extreme sorrow associated with the death of the Messiah affect eternity in a positive way? Why should Easter be a joyful time? The answer is neither elusive nor complicated.
There are many religions of the world going back thousands of years. But only one of them, Christianity, has a founder who professed to be the Messiah — the son of God — who provided irrefutable proof of who He was by conquering death through resurrection. Easter is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.
Christ is absolutely unique in being the only person in history who was pre-announced starting a thousand years before He was born, with over 100 prophetic accounts from 18 different prophets from the Old Testament between the 10th and the fourth centuries BC — predicting the specifics of His coming birth, life and death. Hundreds of years later, the details of Christ’s birth, life, betrayal, and death validated those prophecies in surprisingly accurate and minute detail. One thousand years BC, David prophetically wrote about the crucifixion of Christ at a time crucifixion was unknown as a means of execution.
Every other consequential person of history came into the world to live. The death of other religious leaders — such as Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Mohammad, and Confucius — brought an anticlimactic end to their lives and their work.
But Christ came into the world as God’s son in order to die and pay the price for man’s sin. His sacrifice was the ultimate climax of his life, done for the benefit of all mankind — opening the way to eternal life in Heaven for all who believe.
Of the five major world religions built on personalities, only Christianity claims its founder is still alive, having overcome death through resurrection. No Jew ever believed that, after Abraham died and was interred, his tomb ever became empty. After Buddha died, no disciple claimed that he or she saw or spoke to him again.
As for Mohammed, the founder of Islam, there is no trace of his appearing to his disciples or followers after he died. His occupied tomb is located in Medina and is visited by tens of thousands of devout Muslims every year.
Christ was unique in giving up his life as a sacrifice to fulfill why he came into the world. Christ showed the highest standard of love possible, through compassion for outcasts and healing the afflicted, by his teachings, and ultimately in making the ultimate sacrifice—giving his life to rescue and save mankind. Then, to provide “seeing is believing” evidence, God brought Jesus back from being dead in a tomb to being alive — resurrected — so people would have living proof of who He was.
The New Testament provides accounts from multiple sources who witnessed Jesus firsthand after the resurrection. In fact, Jesus made at least 10 separate appearances to his disciples between the resurrection and his ascension into Heaven, over a period of 40 days. Some of those appearances were to individual disciples, some were to several disciples, and once to some 500 at one time.
Particularly noteworthy is that there were no accounts of witnesses who came forth and disputed these appearances or called it a “hoax.” Not a single one. Nor do we find any historical record of any witness accounts that were contradictory.
While there are skeptics of the biblical Jesus, there’s actually far more reliable historical evidence for His life, teachings, miracles, death, and resurrection than for any other historical figure of ancient times. Consider, for instance, that the authenticity of Alexander the Great, who was born some 350 years before Christ, is based on two original biographical accounts of his life by Arrian and Plutarch, which were written some 400 years after Alexander died.
The manuscripts of Virgil and Horace, both of whom lived within a generation of Christ, were written more than four centuries after their deaths. The copy of works by Livy and Tacitus on Roman history and the works of Pliny Secundus on natural history were written more than 500 years after the time of the original account.
Yet no one doubts Virgil and Horace lived and authored great poetic masterpieces. Nor do we hear questions about the authenticity and accuracy of accounts of Livy and Tacitus in chronicling the events of the Roman Emperors Augustus, Claudius, Nero, or Tiberius.
We know the historical Jesus through four different accounts known as the Gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John — not written hundreds of years later, but within a generation or two of Jesus’s life. Apostles Matthew and John provide eyewitness accounts from their years of walking with Jesus as disciples. Mark also had eyewitness experience, although he was only a teenager when Jesus began his public ministry. Luke, the doctor, learned about Jesus from his friend Paul, the apostle who wrote the most letters in the New Testament.
About 1,000 times more manuscripts preserve the deeds and teaching of Jesus in the New Testament (about 25,000 total) than there are preserving other classical ancient works of historic figures who lived at approximately the same time, with the exception of Homer, whose Iliad is backed by 1,800 manuscripts. But that is still less than one-tenth the number of ancient manuscripts that back the authenticity of the New Testament.
Because of their experience with the resurrected Jesus, the apostles were in a unique position, knowing with certainty that Jesus was truly the Son of God. They had been present for the life, ministry, miracles, and death of Jesus. If the claims about Jesus were a lie, the apostles would have known it. That’s why their commitment to their testimony was so powerful and compelling.
Additionally, the apostles’ willingness to die for their claims has tremendous evidential value, also confirming the truth of the resurrection. No one will die for something he invented or believes to be false.
Seeing, talking to, and touching the risen Jesus transformed the apostles, who then committed the rest of their lives to educate and advocate for the truth about the message of salvation through Christ. Eleven of the 12 apostles — including Matthias who replaced Judas, the betrayer of Jesus — died as martyrs for their beliefs in the divinity of Christ. The 12th, John, was exiled to Patmos Island, where he recorded the book of Revelation.
It turns out that Easter, which has its ultimate meaning in the resurrection, is one of ancient history’s most carefully scrutinized and best-attested events. The resurrection is real and changes everything. Easter is the commemoration and celebration of the single event that transformed the world forever.
Daily Jot: The Farm Chronicles: Resurrection Day on the Farm - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
My room at the farm was on the East side of the house. It overlooked the horse corral, the old maple tree by the well, and our large field that was used to grow corn, wheat or for cattle and horse grazing, depending on the year. Some of my fondest memories were waking up to the sunrays popping through the window by my bed. The seal of the state of Ohio depicts the sun rising over a harvested wheat field. I got to see that in the mornings. It was a joyous occasion because where we lived there was 90% cloud cover 90% of the time—not kidding. It’s why they built one of only 23 Army ammunition plants there during World War II. So when the morning sunshine was seen, it was a glorious day.
This particular morning, the sun was shining through my window. Dad had not yet woken me to help with the morning chores. I laid there awake in my bed thinking about –what I knew then of—the first Resurrection Day. On the third day, the sun shining bright as Christ arose from the grave, and how his followers were so shocked that he was not in his grave. I was always amused by how they knew what Christ said was going to happen, but they really had to suspend their disbelief when it did happen. Nonetheless, even at a very young age, I loved Jesus. John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” I didn’t learn it from reading the signs in endzones of football games on TV, I learned it in Sunday School. This was a special day.
Almost lost in my thoughts on what it must have been like that day Christ rose from the grave, I snapped out of my daydream and remembered what was most likely awaiting my attention downstairs. I hopped out of my warm bed and winced as my feet hit the linoleum floor—we had only one heating register upstairs far down the hall, and in early April the Ohio weather was still pretty nippy. So as to not wake anyone, and to keep my feet from freezing, I tip-toed through the hallway and down the then-120-year-old steps. With my head peeking below the living room ceiling, I saw it—one of the largest Easter baskets ever! The Easter Bunny was good to me this year. Wrapped in green-tinted cellophane, the fake purple grass, a big chocolate bunny, lots of jelly beans, yellow and pink marshmallow chicks, so much!
Soon, Mom would make breakfast and Dad and I would brave the still-cold spring morning to feed the horses and cattle. I liked popping the ice-covered mud puddles in my barn boots on the way to the old barn. After breakfast, we got dressed in our finest clothes for the Resurrection service at Wayland Community Church. Earnie Rose would be ringing the church bell before he settled in to snore through the service. The rest of us would hear the resurrection story once again. Afterwards, it was lunch at my Aunt Dory and Uncle Bob’s, where the entire family would gather. My cousin Steve and I would listen to Uncle Bob tell war stories, and Dad and Grandpa, having heard them all before, would fall asleep in a food coma. Resurrection Day on the farm. Where memories of a simpler time linger a lifetime. Where the promise of life everlasting was etched in our hearts.
Daily Devotion: No Other Way - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. —Hebrews 12:2
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It’s insulting to God to suggest that all religions lead to Him. If that were true, then why would He have allowed His Son to go through the suffering of the cross?
Jesus knew there was no other way for our sin to be dealt with. There was no other way for us to experience fellowship with God, from whom we were separated by sin. So, Jesus had to taste death for everyone. He had to go to the cross and die for the sins of the world.
Jesus, being omniscient, knew that His disciples would forsake Him, Peter would deny Him, and Judas would betray Him for thirty pieces of silver. And He knew He would go through unimaginable suffering and pain. So, what kept Him going through it all?
We find the answer in Hebrews 12: “Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne” (verse 2 NLT).
Jesus heard the mob cry out, “Crucify him!” (Matthew 27:22–23 NLT). He endured the mocking and taunting of the soldiers. He made His way through the winding streets of Jerusalem, knowing He was about to die. But He kept going. What kept Him going was the joy awaiting Him.
Jesus told a story about a lamb that went astray. The shepherd went searching for it, found it, put it on his shoulders, and returned with joy. Then Jesus said, “In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!” (Luke 15:7 NLT).
The joy awaiting Him was you. The joy awaiting Him was me. It was the knowledge that we would come into communion and fellowship with Him. He loved us so much that He went to the cross on our behalf.
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"Folks, it's all beginning to unravel. America is in more danger of falling than at any time in its history. But I believe Bible prophecy predicts this very decline. From this point on, we believers have to get serious. We are going to face discouragement, disillusionment and, most certainly, persecution in the time between now and the Rapture. But don't be discouraged or disillusioned. The coming turmoil will provide us unrivaled opportunities to share the good news of the Gospel. So be ready to share your faith and your hope with those who need Christ. We still have time to reap a great harvest of souls for God's kingdom!" - Hal Lindsey
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