HAPPY EASTER AND HOLY WEEK

They found His tomb, open wide.
Empty, He’s missing, they’re mortified.
Two men appeared in dazzling white.
Angels? Their presence, what a sight!

“You won’t find the living among the dead,
He’s risen, He’s risen, just like He said.”
Those words resounded, still do today.
He’s risen, He’s risen, this Easter day!

Christmas and Easter, proclaimed through each year,
Honored by Christians with song, psalms and prayer.
Christ’s’ earthly birth, His return to Heaven,
The most wond’rous prophecies ever given.

I know that my Redeemer lives!

Luke 24:2-7 NIV

They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7`The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’

FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS

Hebrews 12:2&3 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (NIV)

Each blow He received was what we deserve;

each insult, each curse, each abuse.

The horrible things He endured strike a nerve.

All of that torture He didn’t refuse.

He paid with His life for all of our sin;

He willingly bore awful pain.

All He asks in return is our love for Him.

Repentance for sin, Heav’n is our gain.

From the cross to Heaven our council to be;

Presenting our case before God.

All of our sins erased on that tree;

By the shedding of His precious blood.

MT 27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: 2 And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.(NIV)MK 15:3 The chief priests accused him of many things. 4 So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.”(NIV)

MK 15:12 “What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them.(NIV)

MK 15:13 “Crucify him!” they shouted.(NIV)

MK 15:14 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”(NIV)

THE MOVIE, “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST”

After hearing many negative comments about the movie which received so much attention several years ago. I decided to go and see it myself with a highly critical eye, thinking that a Hollywood production of the subject would not be Biblically accurate. As the movie began I was mesmerized by the accuracy of the way that the horror of Jesus’ suffering was portrayed in a way that, although I knew all of it, I never felt it in the way I did while watching the film transpire. At the conclusion I remained seated for a long time in disbelief that it would affect me in the way that it did. I purchased a video copy and watched it one more time. I won’t have to see it again. I am glad that I did. I will always have a greater appreciation of what Jesus suffered. The film depiction remains engrained in my mind.

It’s only a movie we have to agree with actors playing the parts.

Makeup lighting corruption, we see what our Savior endured, tugs our hearts.

We thank the film makers for bringing to mind the story His followers know.

We trust that others will find His love, meant for all here below.

Too bad the film didn’t mark His ascension, it made His mission complete.

That fact deserves more than mere mention it stands, His most awesome feat.

Take heart ev’ry soul with hearts filled with woe He wants you to find relief.

All of your burdens, He’ll help you let go; accept Him, trust and love Him, just believe.

MK 15:16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. 17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. 18 And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” 19 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.(NIV)

MK 15:22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull). 23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.(NIV)

LK 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. (KJV)

D.F. Cooper
www.fcgmusic.com

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