The Meaning of Easter

From John 20:

1The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

2Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the LORD out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

3Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

4So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.

5And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.

6Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,

7And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

8Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

9For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

10Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

11But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,

12And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

13And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my LORD, and I know not where they have laid him.

14And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

15Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

16Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

17Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

18Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the LORD, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

Let’s be frank. There are many paths to eternity, but only one path to eternal salvation — and that is through Christ. There are many religions you can belong to, but only one true religion, one true faith. And the time is coming where you’ll have to pick or not pick. To not pick is the same as picking the wrong belief system.

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  • The journey for a Christian is so hard because we want so badly for the all to see the love of Christianity. Jesus tells his disciples to pick up your cross and follow me, and this is what we must do today. It is hard for us to relate to the fact that after 2,000 years that the debate continues, and the trial of Christ is replayed over and over. We have to accept the scriptures and understand that two will be in a field and one will join the Lord when he returns. Christians face a trial that will never end, and that is what it means to pick up your cross and carry it, and we must carry that cross with unwavering determination. Most importantly, we must teach our children about Christ. Happy Easter!

  • Deanberry,

    If you truly believe in Jesus, then you must know that no man is control of his own destiny; not President Bush, not you and not me. God the Father, The Son, and the Holy Ghost are in control. What would you have done, had you been President after 911? Would you fight the fight or would you hide in a corner?

    If you follow scriptures, which from your link that I looked at you do not, then you would understand that it is as it was written that there will always be wars and rumors of wars. Placing blame does no good, as we are all in this together. A house divided against itself will fall (in the bible), and a nation divided against itself will fall. Instead of throwing rocks at the President, I suggest that you pray for him and our United States.

  • Deanberry,

    If you truly believe in Jesus, then you must know that no man is control of his own destiny — WHERE DOES THAT BELIEF COME FROM? WHAT’S THE FREE WILL WE CHRISTIANS ARE ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT? — ; not President Bush, not you and not me — AND DON’T BE FOOLISH. THE SOLDIERS OVER IN IRAQ ENLISTED TO GO BLOW AWAY A BUNCH OF RAGHEADS. THEIR TERM, NOT MINE. THEY WEREN’T DRAFTED. IT DIDN’T JUST HAPPEN THAT THEY WERE WALKING DOWN THE STREET ONE DAY AND, LO AND BEHOLD, A GUST OF WIND BLEW THEM OVER TO IRAQ. — . God the Father, The Son, and the Holy Ghost are in control. What would you have done, had you been President after 911? — WHAT INCREDIBLE DISHONESTY. IF YOU’RE A COP AND THERE’S BEEN A MURDER, YOU DON’T PULL OUT YOUR GUN AND START SHOOTING EVERYBODY AROUND. AND THERE IS AMPLE EVIDENCE THE G. WIMP BUSH WAS COMPLICIT IN 9/11. OF COURSE, IT WON’T BE PROVEN IN THIS GENERATION. BUT WHEN AMERICA IS OBLITERATED BY THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, AS NAZI GERMANY WAS, PROOF WILL BE PULLED FROM THE RUBBLE. PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU MADE EVERY EXCUSE FOR HITLER. NO, HE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE EMERGENCIES PLAGUING GERMANY. NO, THOSE WEREN’T CONCENTRATION CAMPS; THEY WERE SAUSAGE FACTORIES. NO! BUT POSTERITY PROVED THAT HITLER HAD EVERYTHING TO DO WITH GERMANY’S PROBLEMS. — Would you fight the fight or would you hide in a corner? — THERE’S THAT BASIC DISHONESTY AGAIN. ALSO, THAT EDOMITE/JEWISH/”CONSERVATIVE” TACTIC OF TRYING TO INTIMIDATE THE TRUTHSAYER WITH PERSONAL ATTACKS AND SARCASM. FIGHT? FIGHT EVERYBODY? THAT’S NOT CHRISTIAN. THAT’S ANTI-CHRISTIAN. NOR IS IT RATIONAL.

    If you follow scriptures, which from your link that I looked at you do not — THERE’S A REASON YOU DIDN’T ELABORATE ON THIS AIRHEADED REMARK. BUT YOU HAVE TO NOW. BE SPECIFIC. WHAT LEADS YOU TO WANT TO BELIEVE THAT? AND WHEN YOU SAY SCRIPTURES, YOU’RE NOT BY CHANCE REFERRING TO THE TALMUD, ARE YOU? BECAUSE THE TALMUD IS NOT PART OF THE SCRIPTURES. IT’S THE TRADITIONS OF MEN JESUS CHRIST CONDEMNED. — , then you would understand that it is as it was written that there will always be wars and rumors of wars. — SO LET’S MAKE MORE OF THEM. SORT OF LIKE THAT DORITOS COMMERCIAL. SAME WITH THE POOR. SINCE THE POOR WILL ALWAYS BE WITH US, LET’S MAKE MORE! YOU “CONSERVATIVES” HAVE PROVEN YOU’RE CERTAINLY GOOD AT DOING BOTH. — Placing blame does no good — YET YOU AMERINAZIS WERE FURIOUSLY CASTING BLAME, AS USUAL, IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. — , as we are all in this together — NO, WE’RE NOT. PATRIOTIC AMERICANS LIKE MYSELF ARE STRIDENTLY OPPOSED TO BUSH AND HIS EMPLOYER, THE ISRAEL LOBBY, THAT ORGANIZATION WHO CURRENTLY RUNS AMERICA. THEY ARE TRAITORS. THEY’RE OBJECTIVES ARE ANYTHING BUT AMERICA-ORIENTED. TENS OF MILLIONS OF HYPER-PATRIOTIC AMERICANS LIKE MYSELF BELIEVE THE EVIDENCE PRESENTED TO US. — A house divided against itself will fall (in the bible), and a nation divided against itself will fall — THAT’S WHAT G. WIMP BUSH AND THE EDOMITE JEWS ARE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH. THERE’S AN ABUNDANCE OF EVIDENCE TO THAT EFFECT IN EXISTENCE. VISIT DEANBERRYMINISTRIES.NET FOR A GOOD SAMPLE. DON’T BE AFRAID — . Instead of throwing rocks — ONCE AGAIN YOU MAKE NO SENSE. YOU SEEM TO HINT THAT PEOPLE SHOULDN’T MAKE RASH JUDGEMENTS BUT THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT G WIMP BUSH DID IN ATTACKING IRAQ. (BUT, OF COURSE, HONEST, DECENT PEOPLE KNOW BUSH SIMPLY USED 9/11 AS AN EXCUSE TO GO OVER THERE AND GET THAT OIL. IT’S SO OBVIOUS. AND YOU CAN BET IT’S ALL-TOO-OBVIOUS TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.) — at the President, I suggest that you pray for him and our United States. — I PRAY EVERYDAY. TO JESUS CHRIST. IN FACT, MANY, MANY TIMES EACH DAY. DO YOU?

  • Deanberry needs prayer. Will add him to my prayer list. Shalom, Deanberry. As Mother used to say, “we never know what boils in the other fellow’s pot.” And as Paul, the Apostle, said, “Rejoice, always, and again, I say rejoice.” And as James said,
    “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you now that the testing of your faith develops perserverance. Perserverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and compete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
    And as Peter said, “Therefore, prepare you minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “‘Be holy, because I am holy.'”

  • Correction in typing: Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4