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The 40 Days After Easter.

We’ve  been talking about Holy Week and Easter. Now, we’ll move into the next few weeks that Jesus was on the earth—after Easter. Many people these days tend to forget that He stayed an additional 40 days after He rose from the grave.imgres

Eight days after that incredible Sunday, he appeared again to the disciples,(who were still hiding out in the upper room), in Jerusalem.

He then caught up with them about 60 miles north in Galilee. While there, He taught them. Spent time with them. And not all of it is recorded.

We do hear about him greeting them on the seashore and making them breakfast on the beach, however. This is the time when Peter jumped out of the boat and walked on the water as well.

Then, there was that famous interaction where Jesus asked Peter three times, “Peter, do you love me?” After the disciple would answer, Jesus would respond, “Feed my sheep.” All of these famous stories happened during this time frame in the Sea of Galilee area.

Scripture does in fact say that quite a few folks got a glimpse of Jesus during these few weeks after Easter as well. Some special people actually got some one on one time.

1 Cor. 15:5-7 says, “…and that he appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.” We learn from different verses that Jesus was a busy man in those mere 40 days.

Before Jesus disappeared in the clouds, He and his disciples left Galilee and made their way back to Jerusalem. We’ll talk about that in the next couple of days.

- Stephanie

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Holy Week: Easter Sunday

He is Risen!

imgresHe is Risen Indeed.

It’s a familiar call and response to those in the church world. One person will say, “He is Risen,” to which the other will reply, “He is Risen Indeed.” Many of you will enjoy this exchange today in celebration of what happened over 2,000 years ago.

And it went a bit like this…
Matt. 28:1-9
Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave.

And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.

And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.

The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.

“He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”

And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples.

And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.

Then Jesus *said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.

MOMENT TO CATCH:

The Tomb was empty. And Roman soldiers standing guard couldnt’t do anything about it.

Thot for today:

I don’t know about you, but the power of One that can raise Himself from the dead? Now, that’s worth talkin’ bout.

He is Risen-indeed.

Happy Easter, my friend.

- S.

Holy Week: Saturday – Stone Cold Tomb.

The Tomb: That’s where Christ was on this day.

Screen Shot 2014-04-19 at 8.59.31 AMAnd it was deathly silent.

It was Saturday. The Jewish Sabbath. So no work would be done from sunset the night before until sunset this night. That is why there was such a rush to have Jesus prepared for burial and placed into the tomb by sunset Friday night (when the Sabbath officially would begin).

Sabbath was a sacred time set apart for contemplation and complete rest for God’s chosen people.
Luke 23:54-56 It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. Now the women who had come with Him out of Galilee followed, and saw the tomb and how His body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

MOMENT TO CATCH:

Ironically, on this day of rest, the Jewish leaders, who should have been at home resting, were anything but quiet. They held a secret meeting and were strategizing…

Matt. 27:62-66 

Now on the next day, the day after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate, and said,

“Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I am to rise again.’ “Therefore, give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day, otherwise His disciples may come and steal Him away and say to the people,

‘He has risen from the dead,’

and the last deception will be worse than the first.” 

Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go, make it as secure as you know how.” And they went and made the grave secure, and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone.

Thot for today:

The men who schemed to kill Jesus knew He had powers. They were terrified He would rise. How interesting that they thought a stone could keep Him, the Creator of the Universe, in a grave. Do you have that same understanding and belief in that same power Christ holds?

But back to Stone-Cold Saturday…

Not a sound was heard from the tomb. But Sunday was coming…

S.

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