Jesus’s Resurrection Written About Hundreds of Before It Happened

It is one thing to have a lucky guess about a future event such as who will win the World Cup or as in the case of weather where I live, the weather person on TV forecasting correctly. It is another thing to write about something hundreds of years before it happens.

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1n the start of 1st Corinthians 15 we read:

By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,  that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

The phrase according to the scriptures is something that needs to considered not just brushed by. The reason it needs to be considered is what scriptures it is referring to.

At the time of writing 2nd Corinthians, there was no New Testament put together as we have in our bibles. Paul’s 2nd letter to the Corinthians was written about ten years before Luke, Matthew and Mark. It was written about thirty years before John was written.

So what scriptures is Paul referring to? He was referring to what we call the Old Testament. One example is found in Psalm 16:

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure,
 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    nor will you let your faithful one see decay.

Another one is found in Isaiah 53 the chapter that has specific details about the Suffering Servant-Jesus.

After he has suffered,
    he will see the light of life and be satisfied
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.

So my friends, the resurrection of Jesus was written about hundreds of years before Jesus came, hundreds of years before he died on the cross and was resurrected.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Mary Magdalene- First to See Jesus After His Resurrection

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When I think about the appearances of Jesus after his resurrection, the one that gives me the most hope is when Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene. That might sound strange coming from a man, but for me it is not a man/woman thing. It is an outcast being honored thing.

The first person to do something is the one we remember. Who was the first person to walk on the moon? Most people would be able to say Neil Armstrong. Who was the second? think, scratch our heads- Buzz Aldrin was but his name does not come so readily if at all. Who was the first President of the U.S.? That should be easy- George Washington. Who was the second? Wait not a history buff!!!  answer John Adams.

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I know Paul wrote that Jesus appeared first to Peter, but that is easily explained. In those days only men could testify in court. Sad but true. When we read one of the time Jesus fed thousands it says- The number was about 5,000 men besides women and children. They only counted the men UGH. Furthermore, Paul was focusing on the apostles in 1st Corinthians and concludes with himself.

However, the first PERSON Jesus appeared to was Mary Magdalene. We know Jesus delivered her from seven evil spirits but we don’t really know anything else about her before Jesus came into her life. However, it is safe to conclude that she would have been an outcast of some kind. After Jesus delivered her, she was welcomed into the group even hanging out with Mary the mother of Jesus.

Jesus did NOTHING by ACCIDENT. Every act was intentional on his part. He could have chosen to appear first to anyone he chose, but he chose to appear to Mary Magdalene. This gives me hope because I identify with her more than the apostles. The reason is because my life before Jesus I was an outcast. I was the alcoholic’s son. I was the teen who got into trouble acting out in reaction to an alcoholic father and mentally ill mother. I was the cold-hearted salesman in my twenties. When I first started going to church and trying to pray to Jesus, my prayers would start with something like- “Lord I am a jerk”

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Jesus appeared first to his follower who was the lowliest before Jesus and when he said her name after his resurrection, she recognized him. It would like if today he appeared to someone, it would be the person who is an alcoholic, a person who struggles with depression/anxiety, a person who struggles with an eating disorder, a person who- you can fill in the blank. He gave her the job of going to tell the men. There is a message in that. I hope to meet Mary Magdalene in heaven and learn more about her. For now, I just feel blessed and filled with hope that Jesus cares for the lowliest people like me and can turn our lives around.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Jesus Defeated Death and Will Share His Victory

It is Easter Sunday my favorite Sunday of the year. Today we remember that Jesus defeated death through his resurrection. He took on that which we fear most, death, and defeated it. Jesus is alive and on his throne in heaven.

Jesus’s resurrection also shows how completely he saves us. He died for our sins, so we can be forgiven by God and have eternal life. But our eternal life will not be only our spirits. Jesus will share the victory of his resurrection with us.

1sr Corinthians 15:

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

 “Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”

 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

and 1st Thessalonians 4:

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Because of Jesus, we can look forward to eternity with resurrected bodies completely saved mind, spirit, soul and body. Because of Jesus, we can see our loved ones again.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Communion by Brooke Ligertwood

When we partake of communion, we remember the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf. This week we remember Jesus dying on the cross for us.

Forgiveness from God is freely offered to any who will receive Jesus as their Savior, but it came at a cost, which was the suffering and death of Jesus our Savior.

Let us take time this week to reflect on the love and sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf.

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The Slap That Echoes Through The Ages

Monday morning I saw the news and at school I commented to people, “I read that an actor whose movies I don’t watch slapped a comedian who I also don’t watch on an awards show I never watch.” My post is not about that slap which in the grand scheme of things is inconsequential.

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There was a slap about 2,000 years ago that that echoes through time. It is a slap that is part of the drama of the Passion Week when Jesus allowed people to arrest, torture and crucify him. We can read about it in John 18.

“I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret.  Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.”

 When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby slapped him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded.

 “If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?” 

Jesus was unjustly arrested and in the midst of a farce of a trial. When he was slapped, he did not back down. He called on the person to give the reason. Throughout the whole ordeal of his arrest, torture and crucifixion Jesus spoke the truth. He endured all of it because of his great love for us.

This is the slap that has echoed through the ages.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Ghosts Don’t Eat or Cook- John Chapter 21

The details of John 21 show that Jesus was in a physical body after his resurrection. The disciples were on a boat fishing when Jesus showed up and cooked breakfast for them. But he got their attention before they had breakfast with him.

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 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

Jesus was setting it up for them to realize it was him based on another occasion when the disciples were fishing. In Luke 5 we read.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon“Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

On that occasion they had caught nothing all night, but Jesus told them to let down their nets and they had a haul of fish so large it took two boats to handle it.

So after his resurrection, again the disciples have caught nothing. Jesus told them where to cast their net and this time they also had a huge haul of fish.

He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

The disciples realized it was Jesus. They came ashore and found Jesus had breakfast ready for them.

When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.”  So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn.  Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.  Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 

Jesus cooked for them and served them their breakfast. Luke records another occasion after the resurrection that Jesus ate with them.

When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”  They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence

Ghosts, I don’t believe there are any, do not cook or eat. Jesus did both after his resurrection. Jesus was resurrected in his physical body just as those who believe in Jesus will one day in the future.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Through One Man’s Doubts, A Beautiful Truth Revealed- John Chapter 20

Last week we looked at Mary Magdalene being the first person to see Jesus after his resurrection in From A Life Of Dishonor To Receiving A Great Honor. Today we will look at the second and third appearances of Jesus after his resurrection that John records. There were other appearances one can read about in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. But John records these two to set up the backstory to a wonderful truth Jesus shared.

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After Jesus’s appearance to Mary, John records Jesus’s appearance to his disciples, well all but one. Jesus displayed his power through the ultimate grand entrance. He appeared among them without going through the locked door.

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

This would definitely get my attention sitting there talking with friends, hiding behind a locked door out of fear and all of the sudden there is Jesus in the midst of the group. He gives them the simple customary greeting-Peace be with you.

Jesus showed them his hands and side to provide proof it was indeed him and even more to show them the depths of his love that he would do as he said in John 15:13:

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

The one who wasn’t there? He is the one we get the phrase doubting Thomas from. In all fairness to Thomas, we have to understand where he was coming from. He experienced the same things the other disciples experienced watching Jesus be arrested. He knew Jesus had been crucified. Yes, he was there when Jesus brought Lazarus back from the dead and yes he had heard Jesus talking about dying and defeating death. But think of the emotional roller coaster for him and all the disciples. So Thomas expressed his doubts.

“Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

The stage is set now for Jesus to repeat his grand entrance thus setting up a beautiful truth for us.

 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!

I imagine the other eleven weren’t used to this but for Thomas it was the first time. Jesus told Thomas:

Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

Then Thomas believed.

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

All of this sets up the wonderful truth for you and me. For all who have believed in Jesus over the centuries even though we have not seen him with our eyes.

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

There is a greater blessing for those who believe but have not seen. That is for all who believe in Jesus. We will not fully know what that blessing is until we enter into heaven.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

From A Life of Dishonor to Receiving A Great Honor-Mary Magdalene- John Chapter 20

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and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out;

Luke records the earliest information about Mary Magdalene out of the four gospel writers. It could be overlooked, but there is a reason to take note. Mary Magdalene had seven demons. Jesus came along and set her free. He not only set her free, he welcomed her into his group.

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We do not know exactly what her life was like. We only know she had seven demons, so we can conclude from that that she was perhaps an outcast in society.

There is a saying that those who are forgiven of much, who are rescued such as Mary Magdalene was, will love much. We see it at the foot of the cross. Jesus was dying and who was there?


Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene along with Mary the mother of Jesus, her sister. and other women named Mary It was basically some women named Mary and John. Mary Magdalene was there watching as the person who rescued her was dying on the cross. She wanted to be there for him.

So who did Jesus appear to first after his resurrection? Mary Magdalene. Jesus could have chosen to appear to anyone first, one of the male disciples like John or Peter, or a haha moment in front of the religious leaders or Pilate. But no, Jesus chose to appear to Mary first.

How he appeared to her and revealed himself is quite telling.

At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

Imagine the emotions of Mary. She had seen Jesus die on the cross. The man who rescued her and gave her a new life die on the cross. Then the stone was rolled away and the tomb was empty. Her eyes full of tears and emotionally a wreck she did not recognize Jesus.

But when Jesus said her name- Mary- she recognized him and wanted to hug him big time.

Jesus chose to bestow the honor of being the first to see him after his resurrection on Mary Magdalene This shows us how completely Jesus restores. How deeply he cares for all. For all of eternity, Mary Magdalene can say she was the first to see Jesus after his resurrection.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Jesus Healed Someone Even As He Was Being Arrested- John Chapter 18

When we see videos of someone being arrested such as in the show Cops, we see people trying to avoid arrest, at times fighting with the police, but one thing I have never seen on such a show or in video footage is the person being arrested healing someone. That is exactly what happened while Jesus was being arrested.

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Imagine being one of the soldiers in the detachment sent to arrest Jesus. He has just knocked all of you down on your butt by saying three little words, “I am he” as we saw last week in Jesus Arrested John Chapter 18. Then he peacefully allows you to arrest him. Then one of his followers, Peter, cuts off the ear of a servant the High Priest.

Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)

So the servant is standing there bleeding from where his ear used to be. How does Jesus respond?

He rebukes Peter saying

 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”

Then he heals the servant with all the detachment standing there. Jesus is being arrested by over 400 soldiers. He knows he is going to be tortured and crucified and yet, he heals a man. We read in Luke 22:

But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.

Back to John 18, we see Jesus being arrested and taken to the High Priest.

Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year.  Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jewish leaders that it would be good if one man died for the people.

Imagine the scenario. Imagine you are one of the soldiers and you witness Jesus perform this miracle of healing a man whose ear has just been cut off. What would go through your mind?

The High Priest’s servant did not believe in Jesus. He was there to arrest Jesus. Imagine you are him. Your ear has just been cut off and now the man you are there to arrest heals you. What would go through your mind?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.