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To the Cross

Posted in God, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2012 by rylanreed

Today is a time of remembering, for those who follow Jesus Christ, of what He went through leading up to the cross and the glorious resurrection that followed three days later.  As I think about my own life and what I’ve been through leading up to where I am right now, I’m always humbled and blessed to remember that Christ died for my sins and did so even before I knew Him.  I see in the Cross, how much His love is for me, that He would go to a horrible death so that I could spend Eternity with Him when I die. I rejoice in Him, knowing that what He gave was a gift, one that He gives to anyone and everyone that believes in Him, the savior for the world.

A friend showed me this link about Good Friday, a story line from when Jesus started picking out His disciples to just after His death.  You can listen to it here.

At the end, the pastor talks about the stations of the cross, which you can read about here.

Hallelujah, Christ is risen indeed

Posted in following Jesus, God, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2011 by rylanreed

Through Him, we are given everything we need to live a life for Him and His praise.  He died so that we could live with Him forever if we just believe that He is God and the Saviour for all.  Let us give thanks to Him this day, for He has died and now risen!

Is it all about bunnies and eggs or the Cross?

Posted in following Jesus, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2009 by rylanreed

I received this in an email (gotquestions.org) and thought it was really good on the question of what Easter Sunday is all about.

Biblically speaking, there is absolutely no connection between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the common modern traditions related to Easter Sunday. As a background, please read our article on the origins of Easter. Essentially, what occurred is that in order to make Christianity more attractive to non-Christians, the ancient Roman Catholic Church mixed the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection with celebrations that involved spring fertility rituals. These spring fertility rituals are the source of the egg and bunny traditions.

The Bible makes it clear that Jesus was resurrected on the first day of the week, Sunday (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2,9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1,19). Jesus’ resurrection is most worthy of being celebrated (see 1 Corinthians 15). While it is appropriate for Jesus’ resurrection to be celebrated on a Sunday, the day on which Jesus’ resurrection is celebrated should not be referred to as Easter. Easter has nothing to do with Jesus’ resurrection on a Sunday.

As a result, many Christians feel strongly that the day on which we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection should not be referred to as “Easter Sunday.” Rather, something like “Resurrection Sunday” would be far more appropriate and biblical. For the Christian, it is unthinkable that we would allow the silliness of Easter eggs and the Easter bunny to be the focus of the day instead of Jesus’ resurrection.

By all means, celebrate Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. Christ’s resurrection is something that should be celebrated every day, not just once a year. At the same time, if we choose to celebrate Easter Sunday, we should not allow the fun and games to distract our attention from what the day should truly be all about-the fact that Jesus was resurrected from the dead, and that His resurrection demonstrates that we can indeed be promised an eternal home in Heaven by receiving Jesus as our Savior.

The Resurrection

Posted in following Jesus, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2009 by rylanreed

1″But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, “while he was still in Galilee, 7that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” 8And they remembered his words, 9and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.” Luke 24:1-12  (emphasised in Bold by me)

HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED!

On this glorious Day!

Posted in following Jesus, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2009 by rylanreed

As we all know this is Easter Sunday and what a day it is! I was talking with James this past week and he said that the weather is the same every year for Easter weekend.  Good Friday is always rainy and gloomy, and then Easter Sunday is sun shine and beautiful.  He was correct! Friday, in the early morning, it was raining and most of the day it was cloudy.  Today, when I opened my eyes, the sun was out and bright as it could be and the weather was the perfect temperature for a day to spend with the lord. Thank you Jesus for your saving grace!

Here is something for you to munch on…  A friend of mine sent me this in an email and I wanted to pass it along as well!

13″When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 15And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.  -Colossians 2:13-15

He is risen, indeed!

A powerful passage of scripture that illustrates so well the triumph we celebrate today as we give thanks for the resurrection that brought us life.

Happy Resurrection Sunday!