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April 20, 2014 (5:30 am, EasterHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » Sunday)
Spring came, and the pre-schoolWesley Divinity School is Remembered. Read more ... » children talked excitedly about the comingThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... » of Easter.
Teacher“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » Jenny told them the storyYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » of JesusThe Words of Jesus and the Coming Massive Revival in Groups. Read more ... », and then to emphasize the idea of new lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... » springing forth, she gave each of the children a large plastic egg. “Now,” she said to them, “I want you to take this home“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » and bring it back tomorrow with something inside that shows new lifeThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... ». Do you understand?”
“Yes, Miss Jenny!” the children responded enthusiastically — all except for Edgar. Edgar was born with a twisted body, a slow mindI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... », and a chronic, terminal illness“I was Blind, Now I See”. Read more ... » that had been slowly killing him.
Edgar just listened intently, his eyes never left her face. He did not even make his usual noises.
The next morning, 19 children came to school, laughing and talking as they placed their eggsThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » in the large basket on Miss Jenny’s desk. After their prayerPracticing Piety in Front of People. Read more ... », it was timeHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » to open the eggs.
In the first egg, Miss Jenny found a flower. “Oh yes, a flower is certainly a signThree Radical Precautions of the Christ. Read more ... » of new life,” she said. “When plants peek through the ground, we knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » that spring is here.”
A small girl in the first row waved her arms. “That’s my egg, Miss Jenny,” she called out.
The next egg contained a plastic butterflyThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... », which looked very real. Miss Jenny held it up. “We all know that a caterpillarThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » changes and grows into a beautiful butterfly. Yes, that is new life, too.”
Then Miss Jenny opened the third egg. She gasped. The egg was empty! Surely it must be Edgar’s, she thought, and, of course"How to Use Church Web Effectively for God's Ministry?". Read more ... », he did not understand her instructions. Because she did not want to embarrass him, she quietly set the egg aside and reached for another.
Suddenly Edgar spoke up. “Miss Jenny, aren’t you going to talkThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... » about my egg?”
Miss Jenny replied, “But Edgar– your egg is empty!”
He looked into her eyes and said softly, “Yes, but Jesus’ tomb was empty too!”
Miss Jenny paused and afterwards she asked him, “Do you know why the tomb was empty?”
“Oh, yes!” Edgar shouted, “Jesus was killed and put in there. Then his FatherHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » raised him up!”
The young and sickly boyIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... » understood the meaning of resurrectionThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... ». How about us? Do we understand it?
I. Jesus is Missing: The Tomb is Empty.
Early in the morning, women went to where Jesus buried. They found out that Jesus was missing. He was not in the tomb. Indeed the tomb was empty. The angelThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » testified that nobody there in the tomb. He even opened it for them to see that Jesus was missing. Even the guards who were overseeing the tomb became like dead when the angel spoke about it.
No doubtI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... », Jesus was missing and the tomb was empty!
II. Jesus is Missing: The Women Testified.
Women have unforgettable part in the story of resurrection, simply because they were the ones who witnessed first that the LordIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » was missing, and the tomb was empty! Later on they witnessed that the Lord was raised from the dead!
If you are going to study the four Gospels, in Matthew 28:1, MaryJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » Magdalene, and other Mary were the ones who visited early in the tomb. The GospelTetelestai! Tetelestai! Tetelestai!. Read more ... » of MarkThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » has Mary Magdalene, Mary—JamesThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... »’ motherA Poem for all Mothers. Read more ... », and Salome (16:1). LukeJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... »’s account has Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary-James’ mother, and other women (24:10). The Gospel of JohnThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » mentions only Mary Magdalene (20:1). Mary Magdalene was present in the four gospels. Who was this womanJesus’ Strategy of Evangelism. Read more ... »? She was the one from whom Jesus had cast out seven demons (Mark 16:9). You may observe some minor discrepancies here.
Further, the women did not go to the tomb for the sake of checking the tortured body of Jesus. They went there to anoint Jesus with fragrant perfume. Women knew how to loveThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » their MasterCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... ». Matthew 28 and John 20 do not mention about the spice. Mark 16 mentions about the spice, but he said the ladies bought it, but Luke 24 says the ladies prepared it. In Luke 23:56, they prepared sweet spices, and perfumes/ointment.
The women believed the angel of the Lord when he said, “He is not here. He has been raised” (v.6). Immediately they ran to tell this matter to the disciples“It is Finished!”. Read more ... », but they also met Jesus along the wayHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... ». Jesus spoke to the women!
Hey! Where were our male disciples? Did they go to the tomb? Matthew 28 and Mark 16 do not mention whether the disciples went to the tomb. Luke 24 mentions that PeterThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... » went to the tomb. The Gospel of John records the marathon of John (the so-called discipleThree Important Roles of Christ’s Disciples. Read more ... »), and Simon Peter towards the tomb (20:2-4, 8)—this seems a petty competition.
Let me ask you, why the disciples did not go to the tomb except Peter and John after they heard the news of the women? The disciples did not believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » the women who brought the good newsYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... »! Read Mark 16:11,
“When they heard that he was alive and that he had been seen by her, they refused to believe Mary.”
Luke 24:11: says,
“But what they said seemed nonsense to them, so they did not believe them.”
I believe their “doubt” with women was more of a cultural rather than personal thing.
Perhaps, the male dominated disciples were wondering why the Son of GodThe Three Temptations of Jesus. Read more ... » showed himself to women first, and not to them? The gospels show to us that GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » is not discriminating woman like the new movieBRUNO is a Trash!. Read more ... » “SonWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » of God” that gives importantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » part as woman followers.
III. Jesus is Missing: The ChristThe Words of Jesus and the Coming Massive Revival in Groups. Read more ... » is Risen.
After the confusionBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... », the women concluded that the body of Jesus, the Son of God, was not missing. He is alive! He is risen from the dead!
Indeed, the resurrection is a fact. Resurrection really happened.
Christ is risen! The angel of the Lord testified it, “He is not here, for he is risen!” (v.6)
The angel showed the evidence, he said, “ComeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... », see the placeThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » where the Lord lay” (v.6).
Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” They went up to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus told them, “Stop being frightened! Go and tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.”
If Jesus was really risen from the dead, then why until now many people do not believe that he was raised from the dead, like the JewsWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... »? Matthew has some answer613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... »,
While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and told the high priestsHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » everything that had happened.
So they met with the elders and agreed on a planHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » to giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » the soldiers a large amount of moneyCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... ».
They said, “Say that Jesus’ disciples came at night and stole him while you were sleepingThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... ». If this is reported to the governorMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... », we’ll personally persuade him to keep you out of trouble.”
So the soldiers took the money, did as they were instructed, and this story has been spread among the Jews to this day (Mt.28:11-15).
For people who are corrupt in spiritProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », even though they witnessed the risen Christ, the miracles of Jesus, they still don’t believe him as Son of God, as the MessiahIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... », as the One who could saveThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » us from all our sinsNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... ».
However, for us ChristiansTetelestai! Tetelestai! Tetelestai!. Read more ... », the Christ is not missing, he is risen from the dead, and he is Lord! He is at the right hand of the Father.
Each year we commemorate the resurrection of Jesus ChristThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... », and each year we have meaningful interpretations. This year how does this resurrection be a meaningful one to all of us? I suggest that today we see “resurrection” as “changeThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... ».”
Like a seed that becomes a flower, from caterpillar to butterfly, from earthly to heavenly, from being a sinner to being saved, from being goodWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » to being better, from being better to being best, from being lonely to being happy, from being depressed to being whole—changes!
“… if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creationThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... »; the old thingsNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » have passed away; behold, all things have become new!” (2 Cor. 5:17).
So the challengeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » to all us Christians is to “resurrect” our good values and positive traits to become a better person.
Let me tell you the ParableThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » of Change. An unknown monk around 1100 AD wanted to change the worldThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... ». He confessed that when he was a young manHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... », he wanted to change the world.
He found out later that it was difficult to change the world, so he tried to change his nationProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... ». When he found out he couldn’t change the nation, he began to focus on his own town. He couldn’t change his town either, and as an older man, he tried to change his family, again he failed to change his family.
Now, as an old man, he realized that the only thing he could change was himself, and suddenly he realized that if long ago he had changed himself, he could have made an impact on his family.
The old monk said, “My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.”
How about you brethren, what changes do you like to start with?