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The Death of the Lamb

            John the Baptist had said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”   It had been God’s divine plan from before the creation of the heavens and the earth for Jesus to become the sacrificial lamb for the sins of man. And now the Lamb of God was dead.  He had been sacrificed on the cross. Jesus had died from crucifixion on a Roman cross. Everything seemed lost to the followers of Jesus.  The despair was overwhelming.  The disciples were scattered and afraid the Romans would be coming for …

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The Passover Lamb

      The Lord’s Passover   Through Moses, God gave instructions to His people to remember the Passover event.  Every year, God’s people would celebrate the Passover in the same manner:  selecting the lamb on the 10thday of Nisan; keeping it in their home for 4 days until the 14thday of Nisan; making sure there was no spot or blemish on the lamb; killing the lamb outside the door of their home and spreading the blood on the doorpost. This practice of lamb sacrifice later moved from the individual’s home to the temple in Jerusalem. Exodus 12: 1-3 “Now the …

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Lift Up Your Cross

        Matthew 16: 24-25  Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” I’m certain the disciples felt that all was lost when Jesus was crucified.  Fearing for their own lives, they hid from the authorities.  Jerusalem was too dangerous for them; they needed to escape to friendlier locales.  At this point in the story of the Church, the …

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Grief Transformed to Joy

              “…Mary stood outside the tomb crying…”  John 20: 11 The Greek word translated crying is KLAIO.  It carries the meaning of not just crying softly with tears, but with every external expression of grief. (My daughter Lydia has a self-made rule for life – -“cry like a winner – on the inside.” Her mother is much more demonstrative with her tears and, in fact, has been known to cry during previews as well as the movie!) When it comes to tears, Mary would not be following my daughter’s mantra!  Mary is wailing.  Her …

At the Cross-God’s Perfect Provisions

If you are my sibling-in-Christ, then I know you had a meeting with God at the cross. With mercy, he stripped off the dirty, ugly, often tattered and worn-out life clothes, and as Psalm 103 says, he removed those rags as far as the east is from the west. At that moment, you became clean. And vulnerable. I can’t speak for you, but I know I don’t do clean well. By the end of the day, I will have evidence of everything I’ve eaten and a lot of what I’ve said, all over me. And vulnerable? When I find myself …