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HE AROSE! Hallelujah, Christ arose!

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Will enjoying a church Easter egg hunt.

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Remember the little baby who required his Mommy to be in bed rest for months before he was born?  We sent lots of prayers up for both of them.

Look at him now, so handsome, a wonderful little boy, Will  Borland.  We thank God for him.

Just in time for Easter Dinner

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Isn’t this a cute idea for bunny rolls?   So simple, from homestead survival .com

1971 – An Easter Remembered

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With Cinderella  ‘Cindy’ on one side, and Lori Ann on the other, Darrell smiles as his wife Norma Sue takes their picture.

How sweet it was to be back with his ‘girls’ again.  He’d been home from Vietnam for three years but being with them was something he never took for granted. He knew just how precious it was.  

Holy Saturday – Jesus in the Tomb

March 30th, 2013 Comments off

 

John 19:38-42

New International Version (NIV)

The Burial of Jesus

38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders.

 With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. 39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.

 40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.

 41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid.42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

 tombOften the graves of the first century were caves carved out of stone. The deceased was laid inside and often, as was the case here, a stone was used to block the opening of the grave.  

 
 

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The Passion

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Were you there?

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The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ . . . The Sacrificial Lamb

March 28th, 2013 Comments off

 

File_WithMeInParadiseHave you ever been brought to tears thinking about our Lord’s death on the cross?

From the book Life of Christ we read what must have happened to Jesus’ body.  It is presented unemotionally, but allow yourself to comprehend how savage a beating he had taken, how cruel it must have been.  

Some have criticized the movie, The Passion, (featured picture) for the agony it portrayed.  Yes, the truth is hard to watch. We want to look away, but it was a bloody, horrible way to die.

We need to get in touch with those emotions once in a while, so we can retain our understanding that ourLord’s sacrifice is not to be taken lightly at Easter or any other time.   Let us never take it for granted.

Medical Report:

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Hermatidrosis: Luke recounts that just before Jesus’ arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, his sweat appeared to be like drops of blood. (22:44).  This medical condition has been observed in cases of extreme psychic stress, when capillaries near the skin’s surface rupture and mix with sweat.

Hypovolemic shock: The punishment of scourging, which often preceded crucifixion, frequently resulted in blood loss to the point of shock.  It was often accompanied by symptoms of delirium, fainting, vomiting, and in the most extreme cases, death.

Crucifixion: Exhausted from extreme emotional and physical stress, a crucified would literally gap for air as his full body weight bore down on his lungs. Incredible thirst, that basic human need, would overcome the body as it desperately tried to compensate for the loss of blood.  These agonies might last for hours as the major systems of the body collapsed.

“The Life of Christ”

March 28th, 2013 Comments off

 

Life of ChristThe Life of Christ,  by the American Bible Society, presents the foundational understandings 
of Christianity.

It covers the life of Christ from birth to the ascension. It is beautifully illustrated with works of the masters through the centuries.

I’m not sure where I got my copy, I’ve had it for some time, but I just checked and it is available on Amazon.  My copy is a soft cover but it comes in hard cover too. (I am not doing an ad for them, but I think it would be a wonderful gift, or a fine addition to your own library.)

As stated by the American Bible Society:

“What do we actually know about the life of Jesus of Nazareth?  This book explores the events surrounding Jesus’ mission-his works, his parables, his disciples, and his teachings-as described in the New Testament Gospels.  It invites readers to investigate anew Christ’s revolutionary  message, based on the sacrifice he promised would bring new life to humankind.”

 

 

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