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Then the entire council took Jesus over to Pilate, the Roman governor. 2 They began at once to state their case: "This man has been leading our people to ruin by telling them not to pay their taxes to the Roman government and by claiming he is the Messiah, a king." 3 So Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?"Jesus replied, "Yes, it is as you say." 4 Pilate turned to the leading priests and to the crowd and said, "I find nothing wrong with this man!" 5 Then they became desperate. "But he is causing riots everywhere he goes, all over Judea, from Galilee to Jerusalem!" 6 "Oh, is he a Galilean?" Pilate asked. 7 When they answered that he was, Pilate sent him to Herod Antipas, because Galilee was under Herod's jurisdiction, and Herod happened to be in Jerusalem at the time. 8 Herod was delighted at the opportunity to see Jesus, because he had heard about him and had been hoping for a long time to see him perform a miracle. 9 He asked Jesus question after question, but Jesus refused to answer. 10 Meanwhile, the leading priests and the teachers of religious law stood there shouting their accusations. 11 Now Herod and his soldiers began mocking and ridiculing Jesus. Then they put a royal robe on him and sent him back to Pilate. 12 Herod and Pilate, who had been enemies before, became friends that day.

13 Then Pilate called together the leading priests and other religious leaders, along with the people, 14 and he announced his verdict. "You brought this man to me, accusing him of leading a revolt. I have examined him thoroughly on this point in your presence and find him innocent. 15 Herod came to the same conclusion and sent him back to us. Nothing this man has done calls for the death penalty. 16 So I will have him flogged, but then I will release him." F105 17 F124 18 Then a mighty roar rose from the crowd, and with one voice they shouted, "Kill him, and release Barabbas to us!" 19 (Barabbas was in prison for murder and for taking part in an insurrection in Jerusalem against the government.) 20 Pilate argued with them, because he wanted to release Jesus. 21 But they shouted, "Crucify him! Crucify him!" 22 For the third time he demanded, "Why? What crime has he committed? I have found no reason to sentence him to death. I will therefore flog him and let him go." 23 But the crowd shouted louder and louder for Jesus' death, and their voices prevailed. 24 So Pilate sentenced Jesus to die as they demanded. 25 As they had requested, he released Barabbas, the man in prison for insurrection and murder. But he delivered Jesus over to them to do as they wished.

26 As they led Jesus away, Simon of Cyrene, F106 who was coming in from the country just then, was forced to follow Jesus and carry his cross. 27 Great crowds trailed along behind, including many grief-stricken women. 28 But Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, don't weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the days are coming when they will say, 'Fortunate indeed are the women who are childless, the wombs that have not borne a child and the breasts that have never nursed.' 30 People will beg the mountains to fall on them and the hills to bury them. 31 For if these things are done when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry? F107 "

32 Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. 33 Finally, they came to a place called The Skull. F108 All three were crucified there – Jesus on the center cross, and the two criminals on either side. 34 Jesus said, "Father, forgive these people, because they don't know what they are doing." F109 And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. F110 35 The crowd watched, and the leaders laughed and scoffed. "He saved others," they said, "let him save himself if he is really God's Chosen One, the Messiah." 36 The soldiers mocked him, too, by offering him a drink of sour wine. 37 They called out to him, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!" 38 A signboard was nailed to the cross above him with these words: "This is the King of the Jews." 39 One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, "So you're the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself – and us, too, while you're at it!" 40 But the other criminal protested, "Don't you fear God even when you are dying? 41 We deserve to die for our evil deeds, but this man hasn't done anything wrong." 42 Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom." 43 And Jesus replied, "I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise."

44 By this time it was noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o'clock. 45 The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the thick veil hanging in the Temple was torn apart. 46 Then Jesus shouted, "Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!" F111 And with those words he breathed his last. 47 When the captain of the Roman soldiers handling the executions saw what had happened, he praised God and said, "Surely this man was innocent. F112 " 48 And when the crowd that came to see the crucifixion saw all that had happened, they went home in deep sorrow. F113 49 But Jesus' friends, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance watching.

50 Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish high council, 51 but he had not agreed with the decision and actions of the other religious leaders. He was from the town of Arimathea in Judea, and he had been waiting for the Kingdom of God to come. 52 He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. 53 Then he took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long linen cloth and laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock. 54 This was done late on Friday afternoon, the day of preparation F114 for the Sabbath. 55 As his body was taken away, the women from Galilee followed and saw the tomb where they placed his body. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and ointments to embalm him. But by the time they were finished it was the Sabbath, so they rested all that day as required by the law.

Luke 23

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That same day two of Jesus' followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles F117 out of Jerusalem. 14 As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. 15 Suddenly, Jesus himself came along and joined them and began walking beside them. 16 But they didn't know who he was, because God kept them from recognizing him. 17 "You seem to be in a deep discussion about something," he said. "What are you so concerned about?" They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. 18 Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, "You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn't heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days." 19 "What things?" Jesus asked. "The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth," they said. "He was a prophet who did wonderful miracles. He was a mighty teacher, highly regarded by both God and all the people. 20 But our leading priests and other religious leaders arrested him and handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. 21 We had thought he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. That all happened three days ago. 22 Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. 23 They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! 24 Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, Jesus' body was gone, just as the women had said." 25 Then Jesus said to them, "You are such foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. 26 Wasn't it clearly predicted by the prophets that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his time of glory?" 27 Then Jesus quoted passages from the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining what all the Scriptures said about himself. 28 By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus would have gone on, 29 but they begged him to stay the night with them, since it was getting late. So he went home with them. 30 As they sat down to eat, he took a small loaf of bread, asked God's blessing on it, broke it, then gave it to them. 31 Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared! 32 They said to each other, "Didn't our hearts feel strangely warm as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?" Luke 24

14 April, 2006 08:54
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How can I know God???


14 April, 2006 09:03
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Secrets, Lies, and the Resurrection
By Chuck Colson

Demonstrating the Truth of Easter

Can you keep a secret?

If you can, you’re pretty unusual, because a lot of people can’t. Especially
if it’s the kind of secret that—if exposed—could get them in major trouble.

One recent, and very public, example of this is the Duke Cunningham bribery
scandal—which you probably heard about on the news—which helps to prove my
point. Last year, when he was caught taking bribes, it didn’t take long for
former Congressman Cunningham to spill the beans. He turned state’s evidence
against his co-conspirators, and Time magazine reports that the congressman
may have worn a wire to record secret conversations.

It doesn’t take much to make us talk, does it?

In that way, the Cunningham scandal reminds us very much of another scandal
three decades ago, the infamous Watergate cover-up in which I was very much
involved. Surprising though it may seem to some, it took only two weeks from
the time that the president was first told the extent of the cover-up to the
time when John Dean, his counsel, went to the prosecutors and made a secret
deal to testify against the president in exchange for a lighter sentence.
Now, mind you, this happened among twelve people, perhaps the most powerful
in America, loyal to their leader. In a situation like that, as I saw up
close, the desire to save oneself has a way of overriding loyalty or any

But that little quirk of human nature, believe it or not, gives us one of
the strongest proofs we have for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Just think about the situation Christ’s disciples were in after He left
them. Here was a group of peasants, powerless, up against the most powerful
empire in the world. Possible prison time was the very least of their
worries. They knew that torture and execution could be in their future if
they refused to stop preaching the name of Jesus Christ.

But they couldn’t stop.

To a man, they kept talking about Christ’s life, death, and resurrection to
anyone who would listen. None of them would deny or retract their story.
Eventually, just as the authorities had threatened, most of them were
executed for it. But still, all of them maintained to the very end that
Jesus had risen from the dead—that they had seen Him, touched Him, talked
with Him.

What would inspire men to suffer and die for a belief? Only one thing—the
absolute certainty that their belief was true. Who would die to protect a
lie or a hoax, especially if he knew it to be a lie? You’d have to be
insane. As we’ve seen from the examples I gave, most of us won’t face
prison—no, never mind prison. Most of us won’t face public humiliation to
defend a lie.

Which leads me inescapably to one conclusion: Jesus’ resurrection was not a
lie. These apostles would have turned state’s evidence in a heartbeat,
copped a plea, unless they had seen the risen Christ in the flesh.

This Easter, we ought to take time to remember the words of the apostles
before the authorities: “We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of
our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. . . .
And we are His witnesses to these things.” Their courage, their
steadfastness, proves that their story is the truth. And that makes it a
truth worth living—and dying—for.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Babsbitchin said...

Isn't that the truth!

9:56 AM  
Blogger Babsbitchin said...

P.S. I stole your pic to send to my Mom!

9:57 AM  

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