Friday, April 3, 2015

Jesus And Easter





Jesus In Prayer
As a little girl growing up, I looked forward to Easter every year. After all, I would get a new outfit. Mother would make yummy Easter baskets filled with all our favorite candies and chocolates. Then we’d gather together in the kitchen to decorate eggs. Sunday morning, we’d all crowd into our old beat up station wagon and head off to church. It was the only day out of the year when we did attend services. I’m ashamed to say, I didn’t pay attention to the long winded Preacher. You would find me dozing off. I just wasn’t interested.

It would be years later, when I began to attend church on a regular basis that I would realize what the Preacher was trying to tell me. It wasn’t about outfits, baskets, or decorated eggs but about the resurrection of Jesus from the dead three days after his crucifixion on Mount Cavalry. Today I look forward to those sermons about Jesus. I can’t wait for Easter services.

Come Easter Sunday the church pews will be full__if people don’t attend any other Sundays they realize Jesus sacrifice and will come to worship. After the service there is the church activities, which usually consists of a good meal, the famous Easter egg hunts, and of course the bunny.

As I laugh and giggle along with everyone else, I can’t help but think about how, Easter has become commercial. Every year millions of dollars are spent on Easter eggs, baskets, and candy__ all which have nothing to do with Jesus Resurrection.

Chocolate Bunny and Eggs
The reason behind Easter is Jesus. He is the reason for the holiday. If you have read the bible__I’m sure you have, then you will know of all of the wonderful miracles he performed and the reason he was with us. I’m not going to preach. I’ll leave that to the one’s in the pulpit.

But just for a moment, I want to take a look some of the miracles Jesus performed. Below are my top five. What are your favorite miracles?


Jesus Top (5) Five Miracles:

 
Luke 5:3-10: (Catching a large number of fish)

While sitting in a boat, talking to people on the shore of the sea of Galilee. After he finished, he instructed Peter (aka Simon) to take a boat into deep water and throw out the net for a catch.

Simon answered: Master, we're worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will."

When they had done so, they caught a large number of fish that their nets began to break.


Matthew 8:23-27: (Calming the stormy sea)

Jesus and his disciples were in a boat. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake. The waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was fast asleep. The disciples went and woke him, saying,
"Lord, save us. We're going to drown."

Jesus replied. "You of little faith, why are you afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and waves, and it was completely calm.

The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!"


Matthew 14-16-21: (Feeding 5000 Men And Their Families)

Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat."

"We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered.

"Bring them here to me," he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.



Matthew 14:22-33 (Jesus Walks On Water)

Jesus instructed his disciples to take the boat and go to the other side of the sea of Galilee. He dismissed the crowd (after miraculously feeding them loaves of bread and fish). He went up into the mountain to pray. Later that night, he was to join his disciples, but the boat was a great distance from shore. Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified.

"It’s a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear.


John 11-1-44 (Jesus Raises Lazarus From The Dead)


When Jesus arrived in the town of Bethany. Lazarus had been dead for four days. He went to the tomb that held Lazarus body and instructed that the stone be removed. Once removed, Jesus looked up toward heaven and said.

"Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I know that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me."

When he said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus come out!" The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

These are just a few of the miracles Jesus performed. Feel free to read the bible about other great miracles and deeds that he performed.


To find out more information about Jesus and the miracles he performed visit Bible Gateway at:

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