Sunday, June 26, 2016

HE IS RISEN!

Today’s Reading: Matthew 27-28

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

The Garden Tomb, Jerusalem. “He is not here!”

Key Verse: Matthew 28:6

He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

The resurrection of Jesus is the most thoroughly reported fact of ancient history. The tough battle-hardened Roman guards “shook for fear.” According to Roman military manuals, a “guard” consisted of at least eight soldiers, and if one fell asleep on duty, the others were supposed to kill him on the spot. Those who deny the facts of the resurrection must answer some questions: Where’s the body? What would turn a man like Peter, who could not stand up to a waitress, into a bold, fearless man just 50 days later? What about the over 500 people who claimed to have seen Jesus alive after His resurrection? Many of these were still alive when the Gospels were written. What about the over 5,000 Jerusalem Jews who became believers (including many of the Jewish priests) after Peter preached in the Temple? (Acts 4:4 and Acts 6:7). No official source has ever been able to deny this history in an effort to prove that the resurrection is only a myth, nor has anyone in authority denied the amazing growth of the Jewish Church of Jerusalem. We have the Mishna, the minutes of the Sanhedrin (the ruling religious body) for that period of time. These contemporaries of Jesus and the Apostles knew the facts. HE IS RISEN!!!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, You raised Your Son and our Saviour from the dead. He’s ALIVE! I worship Him! Amen and Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

In the early 1960’s, Norma-Jean and I worked at establishing a congregation in Deep River, Ontario, the residential community for Atomic Energy of Canada at Chalk River. I found that some senior nuclear physicists were humble believers in Jesus. One told me that a change in the molecular structure of Christ’s body could enable Him to appear and do all that He did in His post resurrection appearances. One Easter Sunday morning, the parents of a baby named Tim Laronde presented him before the Lord at the altar of our church. Tim was born with a club foot. As I held him up before the congregation I was filled with God’s Spirit and said, “Either Jesus is alive and still does the same miracles today, or the soldiers were right when they said, ‘While we slept His disciples stole His body.’ Jesus is alive and when Tim is old enough to walk, He will walk normally.” The next morning, Tim’s mother, Marilyn, burst into our home carrying Tim and showed us both feet completely normal. Just over two years ago, I met Marilyn in Pembroke, Ontario, and we rejoiced in the fact that Jesus is alive and that He is the Healer.

Serving a risen Saviour,

David

P.S. In yesterday’s blog I mentioned actor Bruce Marchiano, who played the part of Jesus in the four-hour film production of The Gospel of Matthew. My son, Ron, has since found online that entire movie. What a blessing it has been for me to watch and listen to this film, which includes all of Matthew, word-for-word (the New International Version). If you only have time to watch the last few chapters of Matthew, you can fast-forward by dragging the little dot on the bottom left of the screen approximately 90% of the way across (the chapter and verse appear on the screen). Please let me know if you were able to access this amazing Holy Spirit-inspired production (click here).

24 thoughts on “Sunday, June 26, 2016

  1. Oh, our Lord is risen, indeed! Just as the scriptures have said. Yes, You are with us always, even to the very end, amen! The Garden Tomb of Jesus is so inspiring and the greatness of it all just takes my breath away. Oh Lord God, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus Christ, to earth, to suffer and die for us, so that we may be set free and claim victory in Him. Amen! Blessings David and Norma-Jean, and fellow saints. May the Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

    ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV

    Deweys – Heavens Sounding Sweeter (for sister Ger)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-aIdTlRwfA

    • I get your post everyday via a friend and I enjoy it. I do have a suggestion though. When you pray – pray for the Bod of Christ not just Crossroads. When you just pray for Crossroads it sounds like an ad.
      Thank you for all that you post daily. It is a great website.

  2. Thank you David .Yes I am with you for another two years Lord willing. also will be praying for you and your family .
    GOD BLESS
    Hedley

  3. Everything what Beverlee had written I agree with and your prayer David.
    The picture is amazing I felt like as if I was there . God bless everyone
    on our blog. I might have time to see the movie later we have a family gather
    -ing to go to .

  4. Christ is Risen! That resounding proclamation of truth that faithful Christians have been making for centuries. It is a statement that we can live by, and die by; for He is with us, pleading for us, encouraging us and strengthening us. It’s our proclamation of hope, not only hope for ourselves but hope for this whole world that God so dearly loves. Preacher and teacher A. W. Tozer aptly stated in response to the resounding fact of Christ’s resurrection … “If this is not the meaning of Easter, the Christian Church is involved only in a shallow one-day festival each year. Thankfully, the resurrection morning was only the beginning of a great, vast outreach that has never ended—and will not end until our Lord Jesus Christ comes back again! ” Amen Mr. Tozer.

  5. Thank you for giving me fresh bread each morning.O Jesus thank you for taking my place at the cross and defeating death! Amen!

  6. Yes I can access the movie.

    Even the opening geneology is made to sound interesting by the gifted actor!

    Shalom,
    Graham.

  7. Accessed! Thank you! Thank you also for continuing to post! I am not much of a commenter but don’t miss a day reading or watching your vlog:)

  8. Just to say thank you to you all, brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ. May God bless and keep and strengthen each of you, and may our roots go down deep into the sustaining and loving power of Christ, so we can go and make disciples of our LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST. Everyday.

  9. Had no problem accessing the movie. Watch the last part. Thanks for the link I can now watch the story of Luke and John.
    May the Lord continue to give you the strength to continue the Blog and the Vlog.

  10. needing much prayer, have an 1991 Dodge Spirit, very old, have an opportunity to purchase a 1991 Mercury Topaz that has had work done oot it for $650…please pray that God will show me what to do, I would borrow the money from my line of credit, my old vehicle is breaking down and will be very expensive to fix.HELP ME PRAYER PARTNERS, PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WOULD SPEAK CLEARLY TO ME WHAT I SHOULD DO…..PLEASE, LORD SPEAK TO ME, WHAT DO I DO?Blessings

  11. Lord God, your Word say that you will supply all our NEED according to your riches in Glory. Your Word also tells us to ask for Wisdom and you will give it to us. Sah is asking for Wisdom in her financial situation. I pray in Your Name that as Sah “waits upon the Lord” …you will give her understanding and wisdom that comes from You for her request. Jesus I pray!! Amen!!

  12. TY Irene! I was excited about this car because the owner told me it was a 1999 Mercury Topaz! I felt that maybe I would purchase it because it has a lot of work done to it! HOWEVER it is only a 1991; I believe the Lord said I should not purchase that vehicle, if it had been a newer car that it would be all right! so, I believe the Lord is saying not this time!

    I do have another prayer request. I wonder if I heard the Lord tell me to sell my house and that I could buy the van later! I had decided to buy a van, it is higher than a car, much better to get in and out; I was thinking about the weight I lost and the fact that I don’t have any clothes that fit and I can’t afford to buy new clothes and it was then that I thought I heard the Lord say “sell your house and you can buy the van later”
    Please pray if that is what the Lord wants me to do! Was it His voice I heard? I’ve had problems with the devil trying to get me to change my tithe offering! He tells me it is a big amount and if I only gave half…..however I decided not to change the amount…I give a tenth; and that’s that!
    Please pray for me…..Thank you……..God bless

  13. Lord I pray for Sah…and in Your Name Jesus I pray she not do anything in haste…but wait until she is at peace about what it is YOU ARE SAYING TO HER …HOLY SPIRIT Guide her …I pray for Your Wisdom and truth to infill Sah! Jesus I pray this in Your Mighty Holy Name. AMEN!!

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