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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Quite a Day....

From this week's lesson:

Some basic thoughts about the Easter:

1) This is the basic High Holy Day for Christians.


2) On the Saturday after the crucifixion, it was ALL on the line. Go/No Go. End of story. Or beginning. No other choices.


3) Jesus was dead. Powerless to intervene. Otherwise He would not truly have died. If He could have done anything about it after His death, then death would have not been meaningful.

4) Since He has said He would die, and then return, if He had not been resurrected, He would have been a liar. His role and His importance would have been disproved.

5) Since He DID rise again, and since it was beyond His “bodily power” to do so, then God must have done it.


6) Since God raised Him, then God validated, or verified, all that Jesus had said. And all that had been said about Him, in prior scripture.


7) It is thus the resurrection, which we celebrate today, that gives our religion its power, its certainty, its conviction.


8) Every one of the Apostles to whom Jesus appeared, died for the cause. They would not have done that for a lie.


9) The guards were bribed to tell the “kidnapped body” tale. You bribe people to tell a lie, not the truth. It was plain, thus, to the guards (and the chief priests) that Jesus had risen. It is typical of God that even those with the most to lose, prove God’s plans and His statements.

Yesterday, all those years ago, must have been quite a day .. the day it was all "on the line" .... but Sunday was even better. It's the day God proved it all to be true, since He raised Jesus!

Can I get a "HALLELUJAH"?

7 Comments:

At 3:04 PM, April 12, 2009, Blogger Aussie John said...

Bob,

HALLELUJAH!

 
At 9:31 PM, April 12, 2009, Blogger Chris Ryan said...

Hallelujah!

And something you said prompted back to my memory a thought I have been toying with for a few days. It was prompted after reading the posts on Wade's blog about the Divine aspect of Jesus not really dying at the cross, only the human Jesus.

You wrote, "Jesus was dead. Powerless to intervene. Otherwise He would not truly have died." And I think you are absolutely correct. On that day, both Jesus' human and divine natures died. It has been said that God dying (or any person thereof) would be a metaphysical impossibility. But that reveals the inconsistency of our thought on the afterlife. If death is the cesation of existence, then God could not die. But as a Christian, I am convinced that life does not end at death. So if God died, what does it matter? He still lives!! And He was resurrected to prove it!

A little useless religious philosophy tacked onto a great post. Hope it doesn't distract.

 
At 9:50 PM, April 12, 2009, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...

Chris,

Thanks for the philosophy. A lot of what we say is theology is at least partially philosophy anyway, as our minds can't grasp whatever part of Jesus is infinite.

I think Jesus never grasped equality with God; that fact allowed Him to die. Philippians 2 indicates that to me.

God breathed scripture, and it's eternal and established forever. God also breathed life into mankind. And since God cannot die .. He is the Self-existent one .. then I don't think the "life" He breathes into us can die, either.

My take is, that's our soul, which is the big thing that separates us from all other "non-life-breathed" animals.

Or not. Just my observations.

 
At 9:51 PM, April 12, 2009, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...

Aussie John,

Thanks for the HALLELUJAH.

I read your dissertation .. the one Paul Burleson put up on VTM .. to my SS class this morning. It was very effective, as they'd all said "heaven", too.

 
At 10:33 PM, April 12, 2009, Anonymous Lee said...

HALLELUJAH!

One of the most remarkable things to me is the fulfillment of all of the prophecy of the Old Testament regarding the Messiah, which culminated in this particular event. Every observant Jew who was at the cross knew Psalm 22 by heart, and when Jesus uttered those words, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" there could not have been anyone who did not immediately recall the words of that Psalm, observed everything that was happening, and not have concluded "Surely this man was the Son of God," including the chief priests.

 
At 3:59 AM, April 13, 2009, Anonymous Cathy H said...

"Jesus was dead. Powerless to intervene. Otherwise He would not truly have died." I think I've never actually thought about that before. Thank you for saying it.

 
At 7:51 AM, April 13, 2009, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...

Lee,

Good point. I see in that statement of Jesus, a point I often see in scripture. Those with receptive hearts would see, and make, the connection; the skeptics and doubters would merely say He was just parroting what He'd read before.

God seems always to provide overwhelming proof to the earnest seekers and believers, as well as a convenient "way out" for the skeptics and doubters.

Amazing.

 

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