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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.

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Nisan 12 and Son of Man

April 2, 2015

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Now when Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples: “You know that two days from now the Passover takes place, and the Son of man will be handed over to be executed on the stake.”

Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the courtyard of the high priest, who was named Caiaphas, and they conspired together to seize Jesus by cunning and to kill him. However, they were saying: “Not at the festival, so that there may not be an uproar among the people.”

Matthew 26:1-4

Jesus spends today quietly with his apostles, lovingly preparing them for the coming events. Yesterday he publicly rebuked the Pharisees and he knows they are looking for a way to kill him. So today, Nisan 12, Jesus doesn’t show himself openly so that nothing will interfere with his celebrating the Passover the following evening.

Today is the day that Judas becomes a traitor.

Then one of the Twelve, the one called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said: “What will you give me to betray him to you?” They stipulated to him 30 silver pieces. So from then on, he kept looking for a good opportunity to betray him.

Matthew 26:14,15

Judas went off and talked with the chief priests and temple captains about how to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted at this and agreed to give him silver money. So he consented and began looking for a good opportunity to betray him to them without a crowd around.

Luke 22:4-6

Something I love about dwelling on these last days of Jesus’ life on earth, is that even with all of these momentous events happening, building up to him giving his perfect life as a Ransom for us by being tortured and unjustly murdered, condemning Satan as a liar, sanctifying Jehovah’s name and opening the way for the fulfillment of Jehovah’s purpose, Jesus still takes the time this week to cure the blind and the lame. (Matt 21:14) And he not only notices the needy widow dropping her “two small coins of very little value” into the treasury chest at the temple, but calls the apostles’ attention to it and commends her. I’m so thankful that Jehovah caused this particular account to be recorded in the Bible! It is a great solace for anyone who longs to do more for Jehovah but is prevented by illness or circumstance. It’s a beautiful thing that God wants us to be aware of how he feels about those who give their best, no matter how insignificant it may be in comparison to others, or in the sight of others. I also love that it’s featured on JW TV in February 2015’s broadcast, starting at the 1.02.30 time mark, where an older sister is imagining the look on Jesus’ face as he saw the widow. There’s a brief but wonderful drama of this that is really heart-warming.

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Nisan 11 and Sign of Your Presence

April 1, 2015

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Now as Jesus was departing from the temple, his disciples approached to show him the buildings of the temple. In response he said to them: “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, by no means will a stone be left here upon a stone and not be thrown down.” While he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached him privately, saying: “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things?”

Matthew 24:1-3

This the last day Jesus appears in the temple, and it’s the last day of his public ministry before his trial and execution. He spends a busy day teaching by means of many illustrations. One is the vineyard illustration recorded at Matthew 21:33-41, see Chapter 106 of “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived”,  another is the illustration of the marriage feast, Matthew 22:1-14, see Chapter 107. Jesus exposes the wicked hearts of the Pharisees and evades the traps they set for him in an effort to arrest him. Jesus’ answer to one of these traps includes the famous words, “Pay back Caesar’s things to Caesar, but God’s things to God”. You may like to read the context of this in Chapter 108.

In the afternoon, Jesus and his apostles are sitting on the Mount of Olives looking down on the temple. The apostles ask the questions in the scripture above. Jesus gives his outstanding Sign of the Last Days. The last days of what? Of Satan’s system and the beginning of the rule of God’s Kingdom. This account is in Chapter 111, along with the illustration of the talents and many more details regarding the beginning of his invisible presence and his coming in kingly power.Doodles076 copyjuno Attar of Roses Envelope web

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Nisan 10 and Save The World

March 31, 2015

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 “Whoever puts faith in me puts faith not only in me but also in him who sent me; and whoever sees me sees also the One who sent me. I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone putting faith in me may not remain in the darkness. But if anyone hears my sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I came, not to judge the world, but to save the world. Whoever disregards me and does not receive my sayings has one to judge him. The word that I have spoken is what will judge him on the last day. For I have not spoken of my own initiative, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment means everlasting life. So whatever I speak, I speak just as the Father has told me.”

John 12:44-50

Jesus, having spent the night in Bethany again, is now teaching in the Temple and among many other things, speaks the words above. The Memorial Bible Reading for today from John is half a chapter (John 12:20-50) so only part of it is here. If you’d like to read the rest, you can do so HERE.

Jehovah’s love for the world of mankind moved him to send Jesus so that those who put faith in him might be saved. Saved from what? From the sin and death we inherited from our first parents, Adam and Eve. Because of their decision not to obey God, we are born falling short of the perfection that Jehovah purposed for us. Whether we are saved for everlasting life when that purpose is restored through the rule of the Kingdom will be determined by whether we obey the things God instructed Jesus to speak. This judgement will take place “in the last day”, during Christ’s Thousand Year Reign as King of God’s Kingdom. His sacrificial death on Nisan 14 as a Ransomer is what makes that possible.

Jesus entered the temple and threw out all those selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.  And he said to them: “It is written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a cave of robbers.”  

Matthew 21:12,13

Before Jesus begins to teach, he cleanses the temple for a second time. He condemns as robbers those selling doves and other animals needed for the sacrifices required under God’s Law. Merchants in Jerusalem sold animals and birds for this purpose, but many charged exorbitant prices. Those visiting Jerusalem from afar needed to purchase their animals when they got to Jerusalem and these were being exploited. Also many coming from other lands to celebrate the Passover at the temple needed to change their money in order to purchase their animals, and this was another area where people were being taken advantage of. Some of these merchants were actually selling right inside the temple, cheating the people.

Jesus is filled with indignation and throws them out. He also stops people carrying utensils through the temple, using it as a shortcut. Jesus thus underlines the respect that should be shown towards the pure worship of his Father, Jehovah. If you’d like to listen to this account being read from “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived” book, please go HERE, and scroll down to Chapter 103, “Visiting the Temple Again”.Doodles076 copyjuno Envelope April 2 web

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