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#Today Sunday April, 21st is Resurrection Day and worldwide people are celebrating an 'Event' which took place nearly two thousand years ago and impacted history. For us, those who believe in the Saviour Jesus Christ, it is NOT only an event, but the Intervention of the Eternal to change the Temporal...once and for all. In the Bible the Word of God says "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" John 3:16. THIS Everlasting Life has a PRICE--- Jesus PAID that price and offered YOU salvation. Our Resurrection Day Message is for YOU not only to READ but to ACT--- YOU are the one to decide WHERE to spend Eternity:
“When therefore He was risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.” John 2:22
On Palm Sunday, or the "Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem," as it is often called, especially in the Middle East, where the Church was first founded, we were in Qara Qosh, Iraq. It is a Christian town since the second century and the people there speak Aramaic. The town was nearly completely destroyed by ISIS when it was attacked on August, the 6th 2014 --- like in Golgotha, evil seemed triumphant!
I’ve seen evil under different banners and names, the last under the acronym ISIS, doing terrible things and our Lord Jesus told us “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…” John 10:10a. Yes, those Muslim Jihadist stole, killed and destroyed, but Palm Sunday in Qara Qosh, Iraq was DIFFERENT this year, as it was different last year. The streets were crowded with people in procession; wearing traditional Christian clothes and joyful in their Lord Jesus; the scene was so touching. And in Aramaic and in Arabic they were singing a short Hymn:
O Christ our God, when Thou didst raise Lazarus from the dead before Thy Passion,
Thou didst confirm the resurrection of the universe.
Wherefore, we like children, carry the banner of triumph and victory,
and we cry to Thee, O Conqueror of love:
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
They were the very same people who’ve lost literally everything just few years ago; their love to Jesus was visible…but WHY?
We should read in Exodus 12 to understand the background of the Passover of the Israelites, and Verse 21 tells us: ”Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them ‘Draw out and take you a LAMB according to your families, and kill the Passover…’” Ex 12:21--- God is talking about a LAMB…!
Different Christian groups were already marking Resurrection Day on separate dates by the end of the Second Century and it was associated with FASTING, as Jesus did fast forty days. That was the origin of Lent, which means in the old Anglo-Saxon (Lencten) Spring Season AND it is the name for March too (Lenctentide, or as some write LENTentide ) meaning Springtide. Many traditions are rejected today and forgotten over the years, but they served their objection in keeping the TRUTH about the sufferance, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Of course local as well as cultural traditions influenced believers over generations, but one fact stands up clearly: On ‘Easter Sunday’ as they call it, the Church attendance is the highest. The various events like sunrise services and Passion plays attract more people. But in areas of the world where Christianity is not welcome, like in Muslim countries, the time we celebrate the risen life of our Savior plays out differently.
In many countries, believers must celebrate in secret—not unlike those who followed Jesus two thousand years ago. While in the so-called Free World Christians may think of their celebrations as the traditional way to honor our Savior’s sacrifice, today’s persecuted believers might actually be experiencing something closer to the original Resurrection Day. Methods for calculating Resurrection Day are fiendishly complicated and a uniquely baffling synthesis of mathematics, astronomy and theology.
As Christians believe Jesus was crucified during the Jewish Passover festival, Resurrection Day is celebrated around the same time. Nonetheless, different Christian groups were already marking it on separate dates by the end of the Second Century as mentioned.
But let the Word of God speak to us: “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen…” Lk 24:5-6 --- THIS should always matter for you and me. Resurrection means ONE must have died first --- that was the LAMB mentioned by Abraham “And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide Himself a LAMB for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together”
And it is the LAMB the Israelites supposed to offer and use it’s blood so DEATH will Pass Over. For us it is “…Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” John 1:29--- yes, the WHOLE world needed a Saviour because “…all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…” Rom 3:23 and “For the wages of sin is death…”
In Qara Qosh I did NOT see Catholics or Protestants; I did NOT see Baptist or Pentecostal…I only saw PEOPLE rejoicing in their Saviour --- it was a great demonstration of FAITH before men on earth and the Heavenly Hosts. They were declaring exactly the SAME message, as those in Jerusalem nearly two thousand years ago ‘Hosanna…hosanna in the highest…Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord’. They did NOT do it out of tradition only, but from hearts full with gratitude to the ONE Who saved them--- not only from their sins, but also from those persecuting them, like ISIS. No more parade for Muslim Jihadists at the heart of Christian Land in the Middle East, but triumphant procession for believers in Christ and lovers of the Saviour. These people KNOW what Jesus went through; as He said they were hated, persecuted and killed because of HIS name. I am glad that the Word of God in Romans 6:23 did NOT stop but continued to say “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” and also our Lord Jesus Christ in John 10:10 did NOT stop but continued to say “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” John 10:10b.
Jesus died, to give us life…and we should live this life for HIM and help others to be ‘resurrected’ and joining the Caravan of Love towards heaven.
In our Resurrection Day Message last year we wrote: “I am so amazed when I read what Jesus said “… I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” John 11:25-amazed because NOT MANY believers are willing to share this truth with others!”
Our last word for this year will not be different: – if you appreciate what Jesus DID for you, then DO the same for others; the Scripture tells us “And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S Passover” Ex 12:11--- Which means, you should be READY. Our prayer is that, through your GOING to the world, many will change their direction and join those who believe. We claim many would be saved and brought to the Kingdom of Light through the simple things we say or do and that the Holy Spirit would confirm the Word ‘… working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen” Mk 16:20. Rejoice with us because we know Jesus Christ, the Lord, and keep in mind: “The Lord is risen, truly He is risen…Hallelujah!