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Is He Dead, Alive, Inbetween?

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crusifiedToday we celebrate Good Friday (black Friday in my book, Satan thought he had his victory) and the discussions erupt again about Pagan holidays, the chronology of events, blah, blah. And the atheists laugh at all the drawn swords over the keystone event for Christians. At this time when we remember the most crucial time in the history of man, and God’s work, so much separation and fighting seemingly undo the work of the Cross, the sacrifice for those sins, and His subsequent victory over Death Sunday morning. Thank goodness, it can’t be undone.

What’s the to do about? Suppose the RCC substituted a pagan holiday, does that make Jesus’ death and resurrection any less? By calling it Easter, did they move the pagan holiday to coincide with the day of Jesus’ resurrection? No. We live by under a Gregorian calendar now and the date of “Easter” moves with the Paschal moon, the pagan holiday stays the same date (what ever that was) so referring to Easter as a pagan holiday is wrong and divisive.

Then there is the 3 days dead discussion. I admit, I entered into the fray on that one, a knee jerk, don’t give me that line argument. But with study and review, discussion with Messianic Jews I found I was wrong. Yep, you heard right, I said I was wrong (note: Sue is smiling, giving the zipped mouth motion in the background). At that time in history, as in all things prophetic, the timing lined up and Jesus was in the tomb during two Sabbaths. But that was then. This week, the Passover was Monday evening. Sunday will still come, but the following of the custom would put the Christ in the grave for four days this year because Resurrection Sunday won’t change. Not a worthy fight to get into.

So, does having communion on Thursday dishonor the Christ? No. Does having a Good Friday service dishonor the Christ? No. Does calling Sunday morning Easter dishonor the Christ? No! I’m reminded of Romans 14

Romans 14:1-12

New International Version (NIV)

The Weak and the Strong

14 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.

One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[a]? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:

“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
    every tongue will acknowledge God.’”[b]

12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

All of us are subject to God, what ever our position of God is.

Prophesy was fulfilled perfectly, however we remember it will always be imperfect, but Jesus has our back. The truth is, Jesus died, was resurrected and comes soon to call His own home. Are you His own? We are all sinners, but we don’t have to die as sinners. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins and now knocks at your door. Let Him in, accept His gift to you.

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Author: godsfingers

I'm a musician and worship leader, intent on following wherever God leads and directs me, with His leading's in the Spirit and others bonking me on the head ( hopefully not much of the latter). My life experiences are in blue collar and white collar (engineering) employment, political office, lay ministries, national competition in track and cross country and most importantly marriage and raising a family. God has given me a unique set of skills and character to serve Him and a passion for doing it.

14 thoughts on “Is He Dead, Alive, Inbetween?

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  2. Romans 14 is a beautiful chapter.
    God is aware of where we are spiritually, and he is in control of that. We need not worry.

  3. You do have it more incorrect than you realise. The Jews themselves keep Passover on the wrong day in the times, since scripture states that Passover is to be kept on the evening portion of the 14th of Nisan/Abib. Since the Hebrew calendar days start the previous evening, the true Passover this year was on Sunday night, not Monday night.

    Also, Christ was not resurrected on Sunday, but the previous afternoon. Christ said he would be in the grave three days and three nights, and was placed in the tomb in the afternoon, not in the morning. Christ died on a Wednesday, the following day being the annual Sabbath of the 1st day of unleavened bread, then Friday, then raised from the dead on the afternoon of the weekly Sabbath. The found the tomb empty Sunday morning.

    Easter itself is not only Pagan, it perverts the truth in every way.

    Read this article that proves that not only did the catholic church change the timing to move it to suit a Pagan festival, but that the Jewish leaders also changed their Passover timing to hide that Christ fulfilled it perfectly….

    http://www.cog-pkg.org/publications/articles/passover.aspx

    • What I felt I was wrong about was the Friday through Sunday scenario, I wasn’t trying to set a date, just giving a what if. Actually, you’re referring to the change in dates from the first Diaspora while in Babylonian captivity. ( http://www.hebcal.com/holidays/pesach ) Due to the Babylonian calendar ( and other foreign calendars) those in captivity got lost. The Jews at the time of Jesus may have been observing that time frame, I couldn’t tell you. The redaction wouldn’t occur, necessarily, until much later bringing back that date for those that use it. Currently, due to the calendar and observances all around the globe both dates are used. All I can tell is that they observed the Passover, Jesus was killed and buried before the High Shabbot. Whether Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday for the Passover, I shrug, whether He rose on OUR Saturday or Sunday it doesn’t matter. Whether He rose after 72 hours is just a man’s pointless argument (will it shake your faith if it’s 70 hours or 74?).

      An interesting note is that the day was always twelve hours, as Christ said, no matter what the time of year. So your trip that took 4 hours in the winter may only take two hours in the summer.

      All that aside, you miss, and, now, become, the point of the article. It matters not when, where or how long, Just remember His Death and Crucifixion, His sacrifice and the redemption it brings. I celebrate His resurrection 365/366 times a year. The RCC has done a good enough job of digging itself a hole to Hell, there is no need to create attributions for them.

    • Just for the sake of discussion, riddle me this, as far as risen on the Saturday Sabbot. In Luke’s account the women found the tomb empty in the morning, that same day two men were walking to Emmaus(7 miles from Jerusalem) when Jesus appeared to them. They said in questioning Him, “it’s the third day since these things happened”. Since it was approaching evening they induced Him to stay with them and He opened their eyes and then disappeared. They immediately went back to Jerusalem (7 miles away, a good 3 hour walk or 1 1/2 hour trot) to the Eleven. There Jesus appeared and reminded them of scripture that He would rise on the third day. How could he rise on the Sabbot and find these men walking 7 miles the same day on the Sabbot?

  4. I just finished a sketch of the events that transpired during his death and resurrection in 30 AD. It ties in with Passover, Feast of Unleaven Bread and Fuirst Fruits and Jesus fulfilled them all to the exact detail. Flush the Pagan Ester ( Nimrod/ Semiramis) down the toilet. We Christians should be celebrating the correct way. http://popepetrus.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/passover30ad.jpg

    • But, celebrating what? His command was to do Communion in remembrance of Him, but being redeemed from the law gives us no further obligation in regard to dates and times. I’m as far removed from RCC, Lutherans, Methodists and Baptists as you can get. We don’t hold any pagan holiday, and, in fact, will be holding our Easter family day next week due to scheduling. Part of the point, here I guess, is to caution against joining the circumcision crowd and getting pulled back into the law.

      • godfingers, I commend you for your willingness to look at things from a different perspective. We too had given up the pagan holidays about 10 years ago, but an empty house, swept clean, invites many other spirits unless it is protected and filled with the truth. As we let go of worldly things, we prayed that he would fill it with His word. What better things to celebrate and learn than the feast days that God instituted long ago to be prophecy of His son’s first coming and His return. Yes, his return as well, as prophesied in the Feast of Trumpets! It gives our family something to celebrate and they can learn about our Saviors fulfilling of prophecy and his soon return all through the holidays that he originally wanted us to learn about. True, we cannot do them perfectly to the letter of the law, but we teach what we can and look forward to the day when we will be able to do them perfectly with him in the kingdom. God Bless You Sir!

  5. I love the point you make: get over all the petty squabbling and live for the One who rose from the dead and conquered death and sin. It drives me nuts when I see Christians (sometimes myself, too)–who know the truth of the resurrection and the power in His name, who have been called and set aside for a purpose, to whom has been revealed the mysteries of God in Christ–getting caught up in petty disagreements with each other while their neighbors die and go to hell because no one explained the truth to them. (Okay, I’m done with my rant now. lol)

    Being in Romania this year definitely put things in a new light. I didn’t even realize it was Easter until yesterday afternoon (Easter morning for all y’all in the U.S.). They follow the Orthodox calendar here, so “Easter” won’t be for another month for us. But really the date we celebrate Easter and even what name we give it is a cultural thing; as Christians, we’re called to daily celebrate the victory of Jesus.

    And, by the way, that video you posted is awesome! I’ve been playing it over and over.

    • The soundtrack is S.M. Lockridge. Get this the S M is Shadrack Meshack

      Another one from him is “That’s My King”

    • I was wondering how things were going there Easter wise. I’ve been in a discussion with an Orthodox guy trying to convince me that Easter eggs are Christian because Mary Magdeline had dinner with Emperor Tiberius. When she said “Christ is Risen” ( I guess the common greeting) Tiberius replied that a man can no more rise from the dead than the egg in her hand can turn red. Immediately, the egg in Mary Magdalene’s hand turned red.

      Another type of Maryology twist.

      • Very interesting… I haven’t asked anyone here yet about the Easter Egg tradition, but the story you gave seems a likely response. I’ll let you know what I find out. :)

        So far, all I know is that it’s celebrated a month later and almost everyone (even those not practicing Orthodoxy) will greet each other with “Cristos a inviat!” “Adeverat ca a inviat!” (Christ has risen! It’s true that he has risen!”).

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