Gretchen Leech

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Mary Magdalene

John 20: 1-2 “Now early on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb, while still it was dark, and she saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance to the tomb.  So she ran to Peter and John saying to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where He is.” Though Jesus had tried to reveal the truth that His time on earth would be temporary, evidently individuals could not fully understand and accept that truth. Mary was one of Jesus’ closest friends, and when she saw the empty tomb, she hurried …

Peter and John

Scripture: John 20: 3-9  “So Peter and John were going to the tomb; both of them were running together, but John outran Peter and arrived at the tomb first, and stooping to look in the tomb, he saw the linen cloth lying there, but he did not go inside. Then Simon Peter came. and entered the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, but in a place by itself. Then John, who had reached the tomb first entered the tomb, and he saw and believed: for as yet they did not understand the Scripture that Jesus would rise from death.” Before being too …

Eleven Disciples

“On the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” And He showed them his hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw Jesus.  Again He said to them, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And He breathed on them and told them to receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20: 19-22 Though the disciples probably marveled that Jesus came through closed doors to enter the room, Scripture tells us they were glad …

Thomas

John 20: 24-28  “Now Thomas, one of the Twelve was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, they had seen the Lord.  But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger in His side, I will not believe.”  Eight days later, His disciples were in a room and Thomas was with them. And though the doors were locked, Jesus came, stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you!’ Then Jesus said to Thomas, ” Put your finger here, and see my hands, and place it in my side. Do not doubt, but believe.” Thomas responded, …

Two on the Way to Emmaus

Luke 24: 13-19 “That day two men were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles fromJerusalem. And they were discussing all that had happened, and while they talked,Jesus drew near and walked with them, but their eyes kept them from recognizing Him. When Jesus asked about their conversation, the man named Cleopas answered Him, ” Are you the only visitor in Jerusalem who does not know about the things which have occurred during the past few days? Jesus said, “What things?” Then they tried to explain all the latest events, and the day was almost over; so they invited Jesus to remain with them. After their …

My Response to the Resurrection

“For God so loved the world, He gave his only Son that whosoever believes in him, should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but so individuals might be saved through Him.”  John 3: 16-17. The first twenty-one years of my life were lived without Jesus as my personal Savior. I had been raised in a home by loving parents, but did not have the privilege of attending Sunday school and church services. Then I married and my husband was not a believer. But he had his parent’s Bible, sometimes I read portions of …

Heather Patterson

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The Sacrificial System

  Hebrews 9: 26-29  “…He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.”   God had created man in His image.  His very presence was shared with His creation as He communed with Adam and Eve in the beautiful Garden of Eden. But when Adam and Eve made the choice to disobey God …

The Resurrected King

The Lamb of God was dead.  He had been sacrificed as prophesied by Old Testament prophets. Everything seemed lost to the followers of Jesus.  The disciples were scattered for fear the Romans would be coming after them.  They were hidden from sight.  The Messiah, the one they had followed and loved for three years was dead. Their understanding of what had just happened was null.  Depression, fear, overwhelming despair, angry at themselves for not standing by Jesus were thoughts and feelings they now experienced.  What would they do now? Where would they go? Would they be executed as Jesus had …