What happened when Jesus rose from the dead …

happy-easterEarly the first day of the week, the King rose from the tomb. (Mark 16, Luke 24)

Mary Magdalene saw him first.

“Woman, why are you crying? Who do you seek?” he asked.

Standing at the empty tomb weeping, Mary Magdalene didn’t recognise the King.

“They’ve taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they’ve laid him. If you have taken him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”

“Mary” the King said.

“Teacher” she cried in recognition, turning to him.

After being in the belly of the earth for three days and nights, even preaching to those who’d perished in the flood of Noah, the Lord had returned from death.  (1 Peter 3:19)

He said, “Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father, but go to my brethren, and say to them, I ascend to my Father, and your Father, and to my God, and your God.” (John 20)

Obeying him, Mary, Joanna and Mary the mother of James went and told the disciples the Lord had risen, but they were not believed.

Meanwhile the Lord entered the Kingdom of Heaven, the keys of Death and Hell in his hands. The gates of Hell had not prevailed against him. Walking across the sapphire pavement, the resurrected Son of God approached the throne of his Father.

The eyes of the creatures hailed their creator as the angels formed a rank of honour.  All bowed down as he passed.

A throne awaited him.

But first, before mounting the stairs to take his place at the right hand of the Father, the Son of God presented himself as the first of the harvest.

Looking ahead to the harvest of mankind that awaited, the angels sang for joy. The creatures added their voice, “Hail to the First-fruits of the earth.”

All of Heaven rose to their feet as the Father rose from his throne, accepting the sinless offering of the earth.

The Son of Man would serve as the High Priest of the New Covenant in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.

The sanctuary built by Moses was a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain. Hebrews 8.

The only man-made thing in this place were the scars on the King’s body.

Now Heaven would await the arrival of the Church of the Firstborn.

And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. Colossians 1:18

Choose this day …

WChoicee live in a sea of possibilities and choices.  Some choices are bigger than others, for instance who we will marry, or where we will spend eternity.  Sometimes we are the answer to someone’s prayer. 

On Easter Monday we picked up a guy from the side of the road, I’ll call him Shaun.  This guy didn’t have a lot of choices to make at this point of his journey – just stick his thumb out or keep walking north.  He was stuck in the North Island at Easter without any money or transport.

We had a choice to make too.  Should we turn the car around?  We’d gone past him, but 3kms up the road the Lord asked my husband to turn the car around and go get him.  I’m glad we obeyed.  We found out he’d been standing for two hours waiting for a lift, and hadn’t eaten for two days.

While he was sleeping his friend had ditched him at a motel, taking his pack and wallet.  Shaun told us his friend had got onto meth, which he hadn’t known abour prior to their reunion at Easter.  He noticed how much it had changed his friend, and had a bad feeling about it.  The bad feeling hadn’t stopped him being robbed.

choose wiselySomeone at Taupo (the town he’d been stranded at) contacted a church at Tokoroa – a town further north.  The church told him they could help with accomodation until he could get back to the South Island, he just needed to put $40 towards it.  We gave Shaun the $40, plus the food left over from the long weekend, including some Easter eggs.

I asked Shaun if he knew who was helping him, and what Easter was all about.  Shaun didn’t know, so we explained how Christ had died on the cross for our sins.

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Shaun realised he had a choice to make, and somewhere between Taupo and Tokoroa, he made Christ his Lord.  It’s the biggest and most important choice he has ever made or will make.

If you know you have a choice to make about the Lord, then don’t delay.  It’s getting dark out there.  Choose this day whom you will serve.

Now to the next most important choice, who we will marry.  I chose my first husband, and it didn’t work out.  When I came to know the Lord, I asked Him to choose the next one.  The Lord promised I would remarry, and told me He had a guy already chosen for me.  In the Kingdom I referred to this man as the ‘chosen’, and (after I met ‘Ishmael’) I called him ‘Issac’.

‘Isaac’ had been praying for a wife.  When he arrived in my life seven years later, he believed the Lord had someone else for him.  It tripped me up big time.  Isaac didn’t know he was ‘the chosen’, and I was grumpy and not saying anything.  I expected if I knew about him, it would logically follow he would know about me.  Not necessarily!  Chapter 62 Choosing the Chosen tells the story.

Sometimes we are the answer to someon’e prayer.  Happy choose day!

 

 

Aries, the sign of the Lamb of God

ram b&wThe Mazzaroth is an ancient Zodiac, mentioned in Job, the oldest book in the Bible.  The 12 signs of the Mazzaroth tell the story of redemption and point towards the Messiah.

Aries is one of the signs.  As it is coming up to Easter, I’d like to show who Aries speaks of.

The Hebrew name is for Aries is Taleh, the lamb. The Arabic name is Al Hamal, the sheep, gentle, merciful.   The ancient Akkadian name was Bara-ziggar.

Bar means altar, or sacrifice; and ziggar means right making; so that the full name would be the sacrifice of righteousness.

Its chief star,Passover Lamb (in the forehead), is named El Nath, or El Natik, which means wounded, slain. The next, (in the left horn), is called Al Sheratan, the bruised, the wounded. The next (near to Sheratan ), is called Mesarim (Hebrew), the bound.

Aries is the sign of the Lamb of God in the heavens.  Passover was the sign of the Lamb of God in Egypt.  The ram provided to Abraham and Isaac on Mount Moriah in Israel was the sign of God providing the sacrifice for sin, Christ’s death on the cross.

John the Baptist saw Jesus and called Him “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”.  Take another look at Jesus this Easter.  He is who He said He was.  He thought us worthy of His sacrifice.  What is He worth to you?

 

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Shroud authentic, real face of Jesus revealed

I have been asked by friends where I thought Christ’s body was?  I explained I follow and worship a risen King , who said of himself, “I AM the resurrection and the life, whoever believes in me will live, even if he dies.” John 11:25 

My friends are smart people, and they deserve an answer.  The Bible tells me, “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15.

So where’s the body?  I love a good “who-dunnit”, and the answer is shrouded in mystery.

There is no body here on Earth.  Where is it?  Is there proof Christ was resurrected?  Let’s have another look at the Turin Shroud – the burial shroud with the imprint of His risen body.

A team of researchers from the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), Italy, has found that the Shroud of Turin is not a fake and the body image was formed by a sort of electromagnetic source of energy. Scientists Suggest Turin Shroud Authentic

So how did the image of a crucified man’s body appear on the shroud?

Body in shroud

The features have been burned onto the top fibres of the cloth, without destroying it, in something like a scorch.  “The shroud image is made from tiny fibers that are 1/10th size of human hair and picture elements are randomly distributed like dots in newspaper photograph.  To do this you would need incredibly accurate atomic laser.  This technology does not exist.”

The image could have only been formed by some sort of burst of radiation, but the fact is, nothing like it has ever been found or reproduced.  The radiation that made the image acted perfectly parallel to gravity.  “It is suggested that the image was formed when high energy particles struck the fibres and released radiation within the fibres at a speed greater than the speed of light.” (Kevin E Moran)

Kevin Moon, Optical Engineer said “I believe the particle that made the image has not been discovered.http://www.shroud.com/pdfs/moran.pdf

In 1976 Pete Schumacher, John Jackson and Eric Jumper analysed a photograph of the shroud image using a VP8 Image Analyzer, which was developed for NASA to create 3D images of the moon.  They found that, unlike any photograph they had analyzed, the shroud image has the property of decoding into a 3-dimensional image.

Despite this, the Turin shroud was tested using the carbon 14 dating method, and declared to be a medieval forgery.  150,000 man hours of research and the work of scientists were brushed off from the results of one carbon 14 dating test.

The shroud has been through exhaustive scientific testing, and it has been established since 1978 that there is no paint, or paint pigmentation of any kind, associated with the image.

Joseph Kohlbeck from the Hercules Aerospace Company in Utah and Richard Levi-Setti of the Enrico Fermi Institute examined some dirt particles from the Shroud surface.  The dirt particles match with samples of limestone from ancient Jerusalem tombs.

The Sudarium

Did you know the shroud is not the only artifact that was preserved?  In the gospel of John we have two strips of cloth – there was the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head.

 “So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen.” John 20:3-7

So where did the other cloth go?

The Sudarium, said to be the cloth wrapped around the head of Jesus Christ after he died, is kept in a Cathedral in Oviedo, Spain.  The blood stains match those on the shroud.  Also, blood tests done on both the Sudarium and the Shroud confirmed that the blood stains on both cloths were of the same blood type: AB.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudarium_of_Oviedo

Kevin Moon, the optical engineer quoted above also said, “I am amazed that “church people” don’t seem to care about the facts, as if they know all they need to already.”  I don’t know whether that’s true.  I discussed this with my husband.  He had discounted the shroud as a Catholic thing, as they venerate relics.  (In this case, it’s just as well they did).  I got put off by the results of the carbon 14 test, but my interest in this was awakened by a news article on TV in 2010.  If you would like to see the news article, here it is;

So here we have the evidence for our risen King.  The proof of His resurrection is left on the grave cloth.  We don’t know how the resurrection happened, we do know from the image on the cloth that it involves an unknown particle that travels at a speed greater than the speed of light and defies gravity.  Science has done its job explaining the what.  Religion must do its job explaining the why.

I am sorry if “church people” haven’t cared enough about the facts, because you deserve to know.  May you know the truth, and may the truth set you free. John 8:32

If you want to know about the why, the Bible explains it, and I’ve tried to explain the why in this Blog.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

If you want to know more about the what, Here are some links to the scientist’s research I’ve quoted from:

Petrus P.Q.M. Soons, M.D. – Holographic information is encoded in the shroud in an interference pattern.  http://www.ohioshroudconference.com/papers/p24.pdf

Robert Bucklin M.D., J.D, former coroner and Forensic Pathologist for Los Angeles County. (Died 2001) – Autopsy of the injuries shown on the image:   “This is the body of a 5’11” Caucasian male, puncture wounds (wrist) and blood flows, swelling over cheek, and on the back, more than 100 lesions which appear to be scourging or rip marks.  Abrasian on one knee consistent with a fall.  Stake through feet … http://www.shroud.com/bucklin.htm

More research has just come out, which is covered in this blog: http://bryanpattersonfaithworks.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/shroud-of-turin-may-be-real-new-evidence/

MOST – The Bridge

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Here is a short story for you, for Easter.  No words are said.  It is a Czech film, a moving story of a father forced to choose between love and duty.  MOST is the Czech word for Bridge.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0345672/

Light Of The World

earthOnce upon a time there were two trees created in a garden called Eden.  They were planted before time began, for the sun was not yet made.    As they grew the trees absorbed the creator’s light that He shone upon them.

The creator, the radiance of Gods glory and the exact representation of His being, was brought forth as the first of God’s works.  He was called “The Bright Morning Star”, “The Rising Sun from Heaven”, and “the Logos” – the word that God spoke when light was created. The light was good.  All that was created was made by Him and through Him.

The most important trees in the Garden were the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge.  Man ate from the Tree of Life and lived for centuries. Man also ate from the Tree of Knowledge, forbidden because it would bring death.  When they ate, all of creation fell under a curse.  Man original-sin-ninetta-hernandezbecame like a seed on a tree, where the outer flesh was good, but the kernel was rotten – for the flesh lived but the spirit was dead.  From that time on, Man lived in the shadow of death.

Long ages passed on the Earth, and the story of Creation passed into myth and legend.  The promise of a deliverer was fulfilled in The King named Jesus Christ.

He was foreseen around 700 years before his birth, when Isaiah the prophet said “The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2 and Matthew 4:16

The time came when John the Baptist, the last prophet before Christ, was born.   Zechariah, his father, prophesied;

“And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
 to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
 because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
 to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace
.” Luke 1:67-79

Christ, The Word, became flesh and dwelt among us, and He said I AM the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

His Kingdom was not of this world, although his disciples wanted it to be.  He took Peter, James and John the brother of James up on a mountain, and was transfigured before then, His face shining like the sun, and his clothes becoming as white as the light.  Matthew 17:2.  He wanted to show His disciples that His Kingdom would be characterized by HIS glory, not man’s.

Soon after, He willingly gave up his life on the cross.  No one took his life.  He said “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” John 10:18

As the Light of the World took the crushing weight of our sin upon himself, darkness came over the land for three hours. 33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.  Mark 15:33

He gave upgods_son_centurion his spirit with the words “It is finished”.

The curtain of the temple separating the earthly dwelling place of God’s presence from the rest of the temple where men dwelt, to signify man’s separation from God because of sin, was torn in two from top to bottom.

And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” Mark 15:38

The Lord had said he would be killed, and after three days He would rise.  He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” Mark 9:31

Three days later, He returned, for death could not hold Him.

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. 1 Corinthians 15:3

In the final chapter of the Bible, it is written

“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” Revelation 22:12-21

The King is the Alpha, the Light of the World at the beginning, and the Omega, the Bright Morning Star at the end.  May His light dawn in your heart.

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