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Easter, He Is Resin
March 29, 2018
Hi,

He Is Risen!

Every year I try to write an Easter Letter, sharing my faith, and why we have a glorious promise from God the Creator of all.

I'm not that good of a writer, and my story telling skill are lacking.

However, this isn't my story.

It is for every person walking this planet we all Earth.

This year it is a small perspective on the 'Passover Festival' and what we call 'Holy Week'.

I am a gardener, I plant seeds.

I pray that just one seed planted may grow and prosper.

What Is Passover?

The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, (many Jewish celebrations last for days).

Passover commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.

the Israelites were instructed to sprinkle the blood of a year old sheep or goat and take some blood of the animal and put it around the door frames of the houses where they would eat the roasted meat.

The chapter of Exodus 12: explains the pass-over.

Here is Verses 12-14.

“On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every first born of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt".

14 “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord—a lasting ordinance".

Holy Week:

For Christians, the Festival of Passover is known as Holy Week.

From the beginning with the Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem, to His Resurrection.

Passover is celebrated.

Note:

The Old Testament has more than 100 passages of prophecies depicting the betrayal and crucifixion of Jesus, centuries before.

Judas' betrayal:

Zechariah 11:12-13

I told them, "If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it." So they paid me thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter"-the handsome price at which they priced me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD to the potter".

there are several passage from the prophet Isaiah

I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.

Isaiah 50:6

Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53: 4-6

A good 500 years before Jesus walked Earth, details were foretold.

As early as the beginning of man, in the Garden of Eden it is written,

"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."

Genesis 3:15

It is now Thursday, the middle of Passover Festival and Jesus assembles his disciples for one last meal together.

(With all of His attempts to prepare them, they were still clueless.)

What is known as "The Last Supper".

As foretold, Judas betrays Jesus.

Jesus, in all of His humanity prays to have this cup removed from Him.

Yet in all of His Lordship says this ....

As foretold, Judas betrays Jesus.

After the meal, what is ahead becomes to much for Jesus the human to bare.

"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."

Luke 22:42

Total submission to God the Father.

Are you familiar with the story?

Just as prophesied centuries ago, He was beaten, spat upon, whiskers plucked, Mocked in every way.

Denied by His closest Friends.

Crucified, and died.

Pierced, so not a single bone would be broken (also prophesied).

Buried and on the third day, as promised He arose from the grave.

But not empty handed.

“Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades".

Revelation 1:17-18

"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"

1 Corinthians 15:55

Everything that took place was foretold hundreds of years before.

The Israelites held captive placed the blood of lambs around their doors so the angel of death would pass them by.

They all lived.

Jesus died for our sins, those that believe in Him are washed in the blood of God's sacrificial lamb (Jesus).

So we might live.

Can you see how God pieces the whole bible together?

Praise God.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 10:10

Life is hard.

It's even harder if you don't know Jesus.

With Him, I have hope and promises.

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls".

Matthew 11:29

So can you.

Salvation is a promise of eternal life.

Yes, our human bodies will die, that is God's law.

But our spirit lives forever.

Death isn't just our human bodies, true death is the total separation from God for eternity.

That is a scary thought.

I want to live with my Lord for eternity, how about you?

Jesus says:

"No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends".

John 15:13

Jesus said unto her, "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes on me, though he die, yet shall he live".

John 11:24

It's easy.

"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household."

Acts 16:31

Today, wont you join me in eternity in "The Greatest Story Ever Told"?

He Is Risen!

God Bless.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,

We borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.



A Blessed week to you .

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson





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