The hidden half of domestic violence
How to have eternal life
An Arab chief tells a story of a spy who was captured and then sentenced
to death by a general in the Persian army. This general had the strange custom
of giving condemned criminals a choice between the firing squad and the big,
black door. As the moment for execution drew near, the spy was brought to the
Persian general, who asked the question, "What will it be: the firing squad
or the big, black door?"
The spy hesitated for a long time. It was a difficult decision. He chose
the firing squad.
Moments later shots rang out confirming his execution. The general turned
to his aide and said, "They always prefer the known way to the unknown. It
is characteristic of people to be afraid of the undefined. Yet, we gave him a
The aide said, "What lies beyond the big door?"
"Freedom," replied the general. "I've known only a few
brave enough to take it."
McCullough, "Reasons to Fear Easter
Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James,
and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him.  Very early in
the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun
had risen.  And they said among themselves, "Who will roll away the
stone from the door of the tomb for us?"  But when they looked up, they
saw that the stone had been rolled away--for it was very large.  And entering
the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right
side; and they were alarmed.  But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed.
You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See
the place where they laid Him.  But go, tell His disciples--and Peter--that
He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to
you."  So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they
trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
women purchased the spices on Saturday evening after the Sabbath had ended so
they could go to the tomb early the next morning and anoint Jesus’ body as a
sign of love, devotion, and respect. Bringing spices to the tomb was like
bringing flowers to a grave today.
angels did not roll away the stone so Jesus could get out, but so others could
get in and see for themselves that Jesus had indeed risen from the dead, just as
says that one angel met the women at the tomb, while Luke mentions two angels.
These accounts are not contradictory. Each Gospel writer chose to highlight
different details as he explained the same story, just as eyewitnesses to a news
story each may highlight a different aspect of that event. Mark probably
emphasized only the angel who spoke. The unique emphasis of each Gospel shows
that the four accounts were written independently. This should give us
confidence that all four are true and reliable.
resurrection is vitally important for many reasons: (1) Jesus kept his promise
to rise from the dead, so we can believe he will keep all his other promises.
(2) The resurrection ensures that the ruler of God’s eternal kingdom will be
the living Christ, not just an idea, hope, or dream. (3) Christ’s resurrection
gives us the assurance that we also will be resurrected. (4) The power of God
that brought Christ’s body back from the dead is available to us to bring our
morally and spiritually dead selves back to life so that we can change and grow
(1 Cor. 15:12-19). (5) The resurrection provides the substance of the church’s
witness to the world. We do not merely tell lessons from the life of a good
teacher; we proclaim the reality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
angel made special mention of Peter to show that, in spite of Peter’s denials,
Jesus had not disowned and deserted him. Jesus had great responsibilities for
Peter to fulfill in the church that was not yet born.
angel told the disciples to meet Jesus in Galilee “as he told you” (see Mark
14:28). This is where Jesus had called most of them and had said they would
become “fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19), and it would be where this mission
would be restated (John 21). But the disciples, filled with fear, remained
behind locked doors in Jerusalem (John 20:19). Jesus met them first in Jerusalem
(Luke 24:36) and later in Galilee (John 21). Then he returned to Jerusalem where
he ascended into heaven from the Mount of Olives (Acts 1:12).
Psalm of David.
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
is a dark shadow that envelops us and ultimately imprisons us within ourselves.
Each of us has been a prisoner of fear at one time or another—fear of
rejection, misunderstanding, uncertainty, sickness, or even death. But we can
conquer fear by using the bright liberating light of the Lord who brings
salvation. If we want to dispel the darkness of fear, let us remember with the
psalmist that “the LORD is my light and my salvation.”
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is
condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten
Son of God.
often try to protect themselves from their fears by putting their faith in
something they do or have: good deeds, skill or intelligence, money or
possessions. But only God can save us from the one thing that we really need to
fear—eternal condemnation. We believe in God by recognizing the insufficiency
of our own efforts to find salvation and by asking him to do his work in us.
When Jesus talks about unbelievers, he means those who reject or ignore him
completely, not those who have momentary doubts.
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