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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Luke 24:1-8

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them,
“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.


  1. I have been blessed enough to be able to visit the tomb. Truly a moving, religious experience.

    Further words fail me as I remember the visit.


  2. Though our society tends to make a big deal of Christmas, Easter is the truly important day. This is the day that gives us the promise all people search for. As mankind runs wildly around trying to retain their youth, builds monuments to make sure someone remembers their name in posterity, mourns their dead with engraved marble, the answer to their worries and fears was born on this day. All you are and all you hold beloved shall not perish with your body. A day of resurrection awaits us all, and that is the gift Christ gave us. Now there's a gift!

  3. Who cares that he is risen? Lets hope we all do. Our country was born on biblical principles that came from the belief that Jesus Christ was Saviour and Lord and all inalienable rights came from him. If we don't stand up for those beliefs & principles, our country is doomed.


  4. I am a Christian and a conservative. No one who knows me would ever consider questioning either. But over the past year or so my knowledge of God's Word has increased substantially, as has my awareness of certain aspects of history. All of this has lead me to question BOTH of the holidays you mentioned. I do NOT question the events that we believe we are celebrating, namely the birth and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Events more worthy of celebration do not exist. But there are many disturbing secular aspects to these "holidays" and perhaps more importantly, no Biblical reference or exhortation for observing EITHER. Observing them in the "traditional" way of the masses is becoming increasingly uncomfortable as I truly wonder if we are doing as God would have us do.

    Just food for thought. Fire at will! :)

    Jeff - Tucson

  5. Jeff-- observe as you see fit. Celebrate, or quietly ponder. Color eggs, or sit in contemplation and prayer. Why should I mind? Sleep late and play in the park, for all I care. God the Father speaks to us all, and as any good parent does, tells each individual what he wants from them. Your message is yours, and my message is mine. So long as we agree that we are each free to do as we are led, I'm fine with you.

  6. Well, I know it's late, but Happy Resurrection Day! Even though we don't know the actual day, remembering the sacrifice that Jesus made for us so that we don't have to pay our penalty for sin is something to celebrate, today, and everyday.

  7. Jeff - you're so right on. God and Christ commanded us to observe the Sabbath Day and keep it Holy, and to commune occasionally to remember Christ's sacrifice. Anything else is secular intrusion, even Santa Claus. (Though based on a real historical figure, St. Nicholas, he's still a man and shouldn't be idolized the way he is.)

    Green trees, eggs and bunnies - all secular to separate you from Christ, and your money!

    Steve Davis
    Anchorage, Alaska

  8. If you are right(and I think you may be) what is the harm in letting the dambed have their fun? Teach the truth to anyone you see commiting these atrocitys or else shut your yapper. I watched a Catholic family across the street from me have the time of their lives over there. They are nice people with a buttload of grandkids. Somehow I couldn't make myself go over there and raise hell with them. It was fun to watch those kids tracking down the goodies. I just couldn't do it.

  9. They are not damned just because they celebrate with joy instead of solemnity. I will believe to the end that God enjoys the happy frolics of children and the sound of their laughter. So long as they are taught, somewhere within the "good times" what this all represents, and the true impact of it, let them play. Let them search for toys and eggs. Let them sing and laugh.

  10. There is no music ever conceived that can match the sound of children laughing and squealing with delight.