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Sun, Apr 16 2017 - 03:19 PM

Easter 2017

I agree with the statement the Pope said in his Easter message that "The resurrection of Christ isn't a party with lots of flowers". When the 11 apostles first heard from Mary that Jesus had risen they did not rejoice. It was greeted with skepticism and consternation. Then when they saw Jesus they rejoiced. Generally, however the serious issues that the apostles dealt with before Jesus ascended created a somber and circumspect mood. Jesus told them not to leave Jerusalem until they had been "endued (endowed or clothed) with power from on high" Luke 24:49. Jesus was of course talking about the Pentecost.

A short while before His crucifixtion Jesus said "Now is the judgement of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out" John 12:31. Through Peter Satan tried to prevent Jesus from going to the cross, so apparently Satan knew what was going on. Did God force Satan to enter Judas Iscariot against his will, or was Satan at that point motivated by bloodlust? It is difficult to tell. The entire atmosphere that weekend created confusion and fear for the apostles. Jesus helped somewhat by mentioning that one of the apostles would betray him. The 11 apostles went hiding after the crucifixtion and received some solace when they eventually saw Jesus. The real joy seems to have appeared after Jesus had given them His instructions and they saw Him ascend: Luke 24:51 "And it came to pass that while He blessed them, He was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped Him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy."

In this fast paced society we want to process everything quickly. But just as Peter said: "don't be sloppy with your soul". Certain things require time and concentration.

After the Pentecost, the apostles' eyes were opened, and they went forth with confidence and inner resolute joy. Archeologists investigating the Essene quarter of Jerusalem now believe that the Last Supper and the Pentecost happened in the same "upper room" of a certain building. Information is being gathered so stay tuned on Google or duckduckgo re:"Jerusalem upper room" or room of Last Supper. Also the palace of King David has been found by an archeologist who used the Bible to locate it.

The apostles faced many hardships along with their victories in the Lord. So Easter for them was a reset and a new starting point, not an endpoint.

If you lack clarity and conviction in serving the Lord, you can pray for wisdom, and please also pray for our leaders and politicians that they may also see the way to go in following the Lord. I was watching the 10 Commandments with Charles Heston last night and one statement stands out: "There is no freedom without the law". Hopefully the epitaph for the Baby boomers will not be "there was no freedom without the law".

I think there is still time. There are strange things happening in the Middle East and it is possible Satan may try to mock the original 7 churches, which lie in modern day Turkey. The Bible says that the seat of Satan is in Pergamum. I think it would be a good idea to take another look at the parable of the 10 Virgins. 5 were prudent and 5 lacked prudence. I suspect that as things unfold there will be a run on Bibles that printers will not be able to keep up with, or something similar. Much is available on the internet nowadays and there are numerous Bible websites. However, Jesus did not give His warnings for no reason.

Praise be to the Lord in heaven !

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roundtable - 7 months ago

Thanks and I also hope you had a happy Easter and are feeling better. My Easter was good.

praizeop2 - 7 months ago

Excellent word, Roundtable. I pray your resurrection day was delightful! Blessings ~ Sarah