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Sunday, April 16, 2017
Is He Alive Today?
Topic: Holiday

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. (I Corinthians 15:3-8 KJV)


Even though Jesus died on Wednesday evening, not on Good Friday, and resurrected on Saturday evening, we celebrate Resurrection Sunday as He is still alive and active God. He still wants to have personal relationship with each of us. I understand that there are many celebrations going on Easter as well as Christmas on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Why these two holidays are the popular in the world? These holidays were originally arrived from the pagan holidays and they Christianized through Roman Catholicism between around 300 and 400 AD.


If Jesus died on Good Friday, as the world taught, and resurrected on  Easter Sunday, then God lied throughout the Scriptures and His Words would not be benefit to us. Hebrews 6:18 said that He cannot lie. If He does, then our faiths in Him would become worthless and we would not be existed today. The only sign that Jesus gave to His disciples about His death and resurrection was the sign of Jonah in Matthew 12:40, "For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." I don't know how we can get three days and three nights from the world standard of Easter. The word Easter, in world standard, refers to pagan goddess, Ishtar; however, in King James Version in Acts 12:4, it refers to Passover. It never had mentioned the word Easter as the day of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Also, Easter bunny is represented as goddess of Sex, which we see the bunny symbol at the adult night club. If you understand the concept of Roman Catholicism and Paganism, you would find that many our traditions and holidays arrived from these two religions.


Jesus was the Passover the Lamb, which it means that He cannot be in the tomb close to the beginning of Sabbath (Friday at 6:01pm) and He needed to be in His tomb after Sabbath Day (Saturday at 6:00pm) to complete it. Most of us may believe that Jesus rose from the dead on early Sunday morning, which we came up with Sun Rising Service on Sunday. Actually, the pagan worshipped the goddess of Sun. If we read the text in the Bible, it says in Matthew 28:1, "…it began toward the first day of the week…" When the new day began? On evening as we read in Genesis 1:5. Of course, in early era, people didn't have calendar to tell which month they were in. Instead, they used the moon system to tell the month. Of course, after He rose from the dead, Jesus stayed fifty more days to be with His people before He ascent to Heaven.


Are you saved? Are your love ones and friends saved in the grace of God through Jesus Christ? The purpose of this article is to help you to become closer relationship with Jesus Christ. As Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:1-3.)


If you are lukewarm in your relationship with Jesus Christ and want to know Him as your personal Savior and Lord of your life, please consider asking Him to forgive your sins and invite Him into your life. Paul says, "That if you confess with your mouth, `Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believed and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." (Romans 10:9-10.) If you have done in your private room or workplace, then you need to tell to your friends or love ones about what you have done, so they may rejoice with you and want to have that relationship with Christ in their own life. There are many occults in the world, which do not know the love of God and His great plan for those who believe in Him. As it is written in John 3:16, "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."


James Rapp


Posted by MGJC Web Ministry at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:31 AM EDT
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