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silence! ( 06:55:28 SatApr 10 2004 )

God is in His holy temple,
Let all the earth keep silence
Before Him;
For He is our God,
For He is our God.


At sundown Wednesday, Passover began, and thousands of Jews are partaking in the Passover Meal. The origin of the Passover (Pesakh) began long ago when the Hebrew Slaves were freed from Egyptian Bondage. This later was celebrated by Christ as the Last Supper or Maundy Thursday.

The Passover was the angel of death "passing over" any door that was stained with the blood of the lamb. This lamb was no ordinary lamb. It must be blemish free and clean. It was required in Jewish custom to watch over the lamb until the Passover was celebrated (a full week). before the lamb was offered up as a sacrifice for man's sins.

Long ago, there is one prophet named Daniel who saw a very IMPORTANT DATE (not time, but DATE) when the fulfilment of the Passover would come to pass. Daniel predicted that 483 years after the rebuilding of Jerusalem, April 3, AD 30 (on the Julian Calendar) that Meshiyach (Messiah) would be cut off. Figuring out mathematically, this is accurately known as Palm Sunday, the day Christ entered into Jerusalem on a colt as the promised Messiah.

Maundy Thursday was not only the night of the Last Supper, but the night which He was broken, beaten, betrayed by his own people. The religious people condemned and betrayed Him. Journalists of the time recorded that "all hell broke lose in Jerusalem that night," as Christ was condemned to die a criminal's death. He was to be crucified for a single crime he never had committed. This was God's Lamb, the One who would take away the sin of the world...and He was without blemish--no fault or sin was in Him.

BANG!!! BANG!!!

Not recorded in the Bible per se, but some of what happened that night was recorded by other "newspeople" of the time. About 6am Friday morning, Christ was brought before Pilate. There, Christ was lashed by whips that tore flesh. These whips had nine strings, and attached to the end of these strings were broken glass. Because of the glass, being whipped by this whip actually tore the flesh from the bone! Pilate's own entourage punched, smote, mocked, spat upon, urinated on, kicked at, and stripped Him; it was agonizing that he actually sweat blood (medically possible). After about 9am, Christ was brought before Herrod, the Roman Govenor of Judaea. Again, he was lashed at beaten, mocked to perform miracles, and it was there, that a crown of thorns was beaten down upon his head, mocking him as a King. Five times, it was recorded that Pilate (The Roman General) found no fault in Christ. So was responsible and who insisted Christ should be crucified? It was the religious people.

BANG!!! BANG!!!

He was then brought back to Pilate, where finally, the angry crowds demanded that the criminal Barrabas be released. Caiphas the High Priest encouraged that One man should die for this instead of a whole bunch of people--Christ's Insurrection. "Let his blood be upon us and our children. Crucify Him. Crucify Him," was heard all through the Via Delarosa as Christ was forced to carry His own Cross to Golgotha. His bones were shattered, blood dripped everywhere, and no one even recognized Christ because of the brutality He faced. He was a disgusting sight to all as He carried His Cross. Everyone turned their nose away. Kids pulled at His beard. People hissed and cursed Him.

BANG!!! BANG!!!

When Christ finally arrived at Golgotha late afternoon on Friday, Roman officials drove metal spikes into his wrists and feet. Mind you, these were not nails. They were SPIKES! Blood leached out at each bang of the hammer. Then, they literally dropped his Cross into place. There was no support holding Him up. Only the spikes held his wrists into place. Finally, a Roman guard pierced Him in his side, where blood and water flowed.

BANG!!! BANG!!!

On the spiritual end, God actually turned his face away from His Son and forsook Him. Why? Christ BORE all our sin that Friday and a price was paid! Christ's final words that Friday were "tel, telestia," which means IT is finished, NOT I am finished." Because God is Holy and pure, he cannot look at sin, which is why God turned away from his Son.

Saturday came (Sabbath), and the world stopped! In-Between Day! Christ was in hell. His Disciples forsook him. They failed to remember what Christ told them on Thursday, while celebrating the Passover.

Early, Sunday morning, an attendant went to the grave site of Christ, and behold it was empty. Resurrection Sunday! There was no one in there. Christ had returned and rose from the dead in the flesh!

Who killed Christ? The Romans? The Jews? Pilate? Caiphas? No! We all did--past, prestent, future. One common thread remains in ALL of us. We sin!

So, choose your future wisely (Beama Seat or White Throne). One day EVERYONE will kneel before Christ and declare Him Lord and King--whether you believe or not!

Stop. Look. Watch!!! Listen for the trumpet!

God is in His holy temple,
Let all the earth keep silence
Before Him;
For He is our God,
For He is our God.


*I'm taking a chance posting this, but I feel this is important to many of us. Please do not flame the topic, and if this is to be closed, then at least I tried...

Stop. Look. Watch!!! The earth resounds!!!

Pick a future:
Beama Seat or the White Throne.
Pick a route::
Narrow or Broad
How're you feeling?
Tears of joy or Tears of agony
Pick a friend?
The Lamb or the Wolf.
What state do you exist in?
eternal or damned.



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Re: silence! ( 13:55:16 SatApr 10 2004 )

Wow.

If it weren't too late, I'd submit this to my church to be printed in the Easter bulletin.

As it is, I'll just copy it into a text file.



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Re: silence! ( 07:25:51 SunApr 11 2004 )

No problem, Ais. :happy:

As it were, I purposely mispelled things, left out punctuation and used poor syntax. You may want to fix it up a bit. However, I originally posted this message here. It is a friend's site.

I'm glad you enjoyed it.



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Re: silence! ( 14:44:23 MonApr 12 2004 )

Quote: Trekayan at 07:25:51 Sun Apr 11 2004

As it were, I purposely mispelled things, left out punctuation and used poor syntax.


At least GK doesn't use this excuse. :tongue:



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Re: silence! ( 23:47:37 WedApr 14 2004 )

Moved tangental discussion to Nifty Deliberations.

  
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