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Christ our Model: 5×7″ and “Imitate Jesus!” Convention

July 4, 2015

 

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 leaving a model for you to follow his steps closely.

1 Peter 2:21

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Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?

To Save the World?

To Rule the World?

To Conquer the World?

Hear the answer at a free public talk at the “Imitate Jesus” Bible Convention.

You are warmly invited to attend.

In Ireland this event is taking place next weekend, Friday, July 10 to Sunday July 12, 2015

at the Citywest Hotel International Event and Conference Centre

Saggart, Co. Dublin

Each morning’s program begins at 9.20am

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Not One Sparrow: A2 and A6 and The Blood Issue: Part 2

June 13, 2015

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Two sparrows sell for a coin of small value, do they not?

Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. 

But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.

So have no fear; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Matthew 10:29-31

Does the command to abstain from blood extend to blood transfusions? Yes. The classic illustration for this is: Suppose a doctor were to tell you to abstain from alcoholic beverages. Would that simply mean that you should not drink alcohol but that you could have it injected into your veins?

What if it’s a “life or death situation”? Does that mean it’s alright to take blood to stay alive a little longer in this system? What did Jesus say about this?

“If anyone wants to come after me, let him disown himself and pick up his torture stake  and keep following me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Really, what good will it do a man if he gains the whole world but loses his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life? (Matthew 16:24-26)

We value our lives and the lives of our loved ones. When we wisely accept Jehovah’s direction even in serious medical situations, then we truly treasure life as Jehovah does. That life can stretch out before us into a perfect future, free from pain and suffering, sickness and death. Even if you should face death, you can be happy in the knowledge that those who die doing God’s will have a sure place in the resurrection.

The next question is, “Are there any high-quality alternatives to blood transfusions? And what is the only blood that is truly lifesaving? Please see my next post for Part 3.

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Be Transformed: A2 and A6 and The Blood Issue: Part 1

June 8, 2015

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 Stop being molded by this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over,

so that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2

The metamorphosis of a land-bound caterpillar into a fluttering butterfly that dances through the air is one of life’s everyday miracles. One thing I didn’t know about this process until recently is that it is hard work! It involves lots of effort over a period of time until the butterfly emerges and is ready to fly off.

The phrase “be transformed” in the scripture above uses a form of the word “metamorphosis” in the original Greek text. For us to become beautiful in God’s eyes, we may need to make serious changes to our way of thinking and acting, and these changes take time and effort. But the good news is that “the good and acceptable and perfect will of God” is provable. When it comes to considering the use of blood, let’s prove what God’s will is by using God’s word.

As we’ve been examining since March,  the Source of Life is Jehovah God. He shares the gift of life with us and we are precious in his eyes. We show our gratitude and respect for him by valuing our lives and the lives of others as he does. In the first book of the Bible, Cain takes the life of his brother Abel, and Jehovah tells Cain: “Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from  the ground.” (Genesis 4:10) This shows the important link between life and blood in the mind of God.

He reinforces this by telling us the same thing multiple times throughout human history. So after the Flood, Jehovah tells Noah and his family, “Every moving animal that is alive may serve as food for you.” However, God set this restriction: “Only flesh with its life—its blood—you must not eat.” (Genesis 1:29; 9:3, 4) Again, this clearly shows the link between life and blood.

800 years later under the Law of Moses, the prohibition on blood was again plainly stated, ‘You must not eat the blood of any sort of flesh.’” (Leviticus 17:13, 14) and this was once more distinctly repeated in the first century for Christians,  “…keep abstaining from things sacrificed to idols, from blood… and from sexual immorality.” (Acts 15:28, 29)

Does this apply to blood transfusions? What happens if it’s a life or death situation? How do Jesus’ words help us? Are there any alternatives to blood transfusions?  Please see my next post for Part 2.

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Nisan 15/16 and He Was Raised Up

April 5, 2015

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The next day, which was after the Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together before Pilate, saying: “Sir, we recall what that impostor said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I am to be raised up.’ Therefore, command that the grave be made secure until the third day, so that his disciples may not come and steal him and say to the people, ‘He was raised up from the dead!’ Then this last deception will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them: “You may have a guard. Go make it as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the grave secure by sealing the stone and posting a guard.

Matthew 27:62-66

And look! a great earthquake had taken place, for Jehovah’s angel had descended from heaven and had come and rolled away the stone, and he was sitting on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. Yes, out of their fear of him, the watchmen trembled and became as dead men.

Matthew 28:2-4

The chief priests and the Pharisees make Jesus’ grave secure by rolling a big stone in front of the tomb and posting Roman soldiers as guards. But early on the morning following the Sabbath, the guards are gone and the tomb is empty. Jesus is alive!

For 40 days after his resurrection, Jesus shows himself alive to his disciples and he continues to instruct them about the work he wants them to continue, preaching and teaching the good news of God’s Kingdom. (Matt 24:14; 28:19,20) In obedience and appreciation for what Jehovah and Jesus have done to make a personal relationship with God possible, and to have the hope of living forever in Paradise under God’s kingdom, we want to strive to keep doing what Jesus asked. We invite all to learn more about the wonderful things in God’s Word, the Bible.

If you’d like to watch a short video, “Why Study the Bible?”, please go HERE, or to see, “What Happens at a Bible Study?”, please go HERE.

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Nisan 14 and It Has Been Accomplished

April 4, 2015

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Jesus said: “It has been accomplished!  and bowing his head, he gave up his spirit.

John 19:30

Jesus has been nailed to the torture stake, large nails pounded into the hands and feet of this perfect and perfectly innocent man. A sign on the stake reads: “Jesus the Nazarene the King of the Jews”, placed there on the orders of Pilate.  When the chief priests protest and say it should read, “He said, “I am the King of the Jews””, Pilate, chafing at having been manipulated by them, refuses. The sign is written in three languages; in Hebrew, in the official Latin and in the common Greek.

Jesus sees his mother, Mary and entrusts her to the care of John.  Mary’s other sons haven’t yet put their faith in Jesus, so Jesus makes provision not only for Mary’s physical needs but for her spiritual ones as well.

 The Roman soldiers fulfill the prophecy that Jesus’ clothes would be divided among them, and that lots would be cast for them. They cast lots because Jesus has a fine inner garment, woven without a seam, and they don’t want to tear it. (Psalm 22:18)

Darkness covers the land for three hours, from noon until about 3pm on Nisan 14. Jesus has finished everything that Jehovah sent him to earth to do and cries out, “It has been accomplished! Into your hands I entrust my spirit.” He bows his head and dies. A The 60 ft curtain that divides the Holy from the Most Holy in God’s temple is “torn in two, from top to bottom, and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”. (Matt 27:51)

If you’d like to read more about what was “accomplished”, please go HERE to find out more about the ransom sacrifice of Jesus Christ. (Note: This is a different link to the one in yesterday’s post. Both links are very informative and use many scriptures and other references to explain this crucial topic)

If you’d like to listen to the chronological accounts from the book, “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived”, please go HERE, and scroll down. Chapter 117, Agony in the Garden, to Chapter 126, “Certainly, This Was God’s Son”.Doodles076 copy

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Nisan 14 and This Was God’s Son

April 3, 2015

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But when the army officer and those with him keeping watch over Jesus

saw the earthquake and the things happening,

they grew very much afraid and said:

“Certainly this was God’s Son.”

Matthew 27: 54

The memorial meal is over but Jesus continues to comfort and to teach the apostles many things, some of which they don’t understand until later. The whole of John Chapter 17 is a beautiful prayer to Jehovah full of meaning and love, both for his Heavenly Father and for his faithful apostles. Jesus and the 11 leave the house and go to the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus prays. His sweat becomes as drops of blood. The apostles sleep. An angel comes and strengthens Jesus. Judas arrives with soldiers and the chief priests, and betrays the Son of God with a kiss. Jesus courageously presents himself to the soldiers and tells them to let the others go.

Jesus is brought before Annas, the former high priest, the Caiaphas, the current high priest, then to Pilate, then Herod, then back to Pilate. Peter denies knowing Jesus three times. He is given a travesty of a trial that breaks the Law in several respects. He is beaten with fists and spat on. He is stripped and scourged with a Roman whip called a flagrum or flagellum. (This instrument was a short whip with several single or braided leather thongs of variable lengths in which small iron balls or sharp pieces of sheep bones were tied at intervals) The soldiers braid a crown of thorns and push it down on his head. Pilate attempts to free Jesus but the crowd shout, “Impale him” Impale him!”  The chief priests say that Jesus is guilty of sedition, and when Pilate tries again to release him, they craftily threaten, “If you release this man, you are not a friend of Caesar.” Pilate gives in to this political pressure and hands Jesus over to be executed.

Jesus is made to carry his own torture stake, the heavy beam of wood on which he is then impaled.  He prays for the Roman soldiers, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” The chief priests, the soldiers and the two men impaled along with Jesus mock and ridicule him. The greatest man who ever lived, the one who shared with Jehovah God in creating all things, resolutely endures all this abuse.

Darkness falls over all the land for three hours.

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Nisan 13 and Keep Doing This in Remembrance of Me

April 3, 2015

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The first day of the Unleavened Bread now arrived, on which the Passover sacrifice must be offered; so Jesus sent Peter and John, saying: “Go and get the Passover ready for us to eat.” They said to him: “Where do you want us to get it ready?”  He said to them: “Look! When you enter into the city, a man carrying an earthenware water jar will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters. And say to the landlord of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you: “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’ And that man will show you a large, furnished upper room. Get it ready there.” So they left and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared for the Passover.

Luke 22: 7-12

And accepting a cup, he gave thanks and said: “Take this and pass it from one to the other among yourselves,  for I tell you, from now on, I will not drink again from the product of the vine until the Kingdom of God comes.” Also, he took a loaf,  gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to them, saying: “This means my body, which is to be given in your behalf. Keep doing this in remembrance of me.” Also, he did the same with the cup after they had the evening meal, saying: “This cup means the new covenant by virtue of my blood, which is to be poured out in your behalf.

Luke 22:17-20

“The Son of man came, not to be ministered to, but to minister and to give his soul a ransom in exchange for many.” 

Matthew 20:28

Remember, the Jewish day begins at sundown, so during the day today it’s Nisan 13. Jesus has made preparations for the celebration of the Passover but hasn’t shared the details with the apostles until now. In “The Greatest Man” book it suggests that perhaps this was to prevent Judas from alerting the chief priests as to their location. Now Jesus sends Peter and John from Bethany to make the final preparations for all 13 of them to celebrate the Passover in Jerusalem.

The sun sets. Nisan 14 begins. Jesus washes the feet of his apostles, including Judas. After observing the Passover, Jesus dismisses Judas, who goes straight to the high priest, Caiaphas. Jesus then introduces an entirely new commemoration with his faithful apostles. The animal sacrifices under the Law Covenant are replaced by himself as the Lamb of God.  The New Covenant replaces the Law Covenant. Jesus instructs that all those who follow him to “keep doing this remembrance of” him. And so tonight all around the world as the sun goes down, we gather to do exactly that.

By the end of Nisan 14, Jesus will be dead.

You may like to read more on these topics: The Law Covenant and the New Covenant; The Passover and The Lamb of God; The Ransom Sacrifice of Jesus.Doodles076 copyirish invite 1 001 web

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I thought you might like to see the Memorial Invitation “as Gaeilge” .

For the first time ever, the Memorial is being held here in Ireland – in the Irish language!

(JW.ORG is also available in Irish and Irish Sign Language)

The translation department is in Galway, in my son’s congregation.

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