Petrisor Bodea cinta “Chemati bucuria sa vina”
'That I may know Christ and the power of His resurrection. Philippians3:10
07 Apr 2012 3 Comments
Petrisor Bodea cinta “Chemati bucuria sa vina”
07 Apr 2012 3 Comments
Viata oamenilor este plina de evenimente, de lucruri importante si neimportante. De-a lungul timpului, oamenii au descoperit criterii de evaluare si selectie a lucrurilor din viata lor, astfel încât sa poata face diferenta între ceea ce este important si ceea ce este neimportant. Unul dintre criteriile folosite pentru evaluarea acestor lucruri este rentabilitatea, adica un lucru este important si prezinta interes atunci când el este rentabil, avantajos, când aduce beneficii.
Fiind în contextul Sarbatorii Pastelor, vorbim despre suferintele Mântuitorului, dar si despre glorioasa Sa Înviere. Învierea Domnului Isus Cristos dintre cei morti este miezul crestinismului si speranta crestinului.
Dincolo de aspectul traditional, religios, care da un sentiment de bucurie, care sunt beneficiile concrete, practice, ale Învierii Mântuitorului? Pentru omul modern din secolul XXI, atât de ocupat cu problemele vietii cotidiene, traind într-o societate bogata, tehnologizata, unde religia nu mai este prioritara, este Învierea Mântuitorului rentabila, aduce vreun beneficiu real?
Daca Învierea este doar o problema de traditie si religie, atunci nu toti oamenii vor avea interes pentru acest subiect. Daca este, însa, rentabila în mod practic, daca aduce beneficii concrete, atunci dintr-o data oamenii vor avea interes si pasiune pentru aceasta.
Care sunt beneficiile Învierii Mântuitorului?
Printre altele, Învierea Domnului Isus descopera oamenilor caracterul, intentiile, resursele si posibilitatile nevazutului Dumnezeu.
I. ÎN PRIMUL RÂND, ÎNVIEREA MÂNTUITORULUI DESCOPERA PUTEREA LUI DUMNEZEU:
a. Învierea descopera puterea lui Dumnezeu prin faptul ca profetiile facute cu sute de ani în urma despre Învierea Mântuitorului s-au împlinit cu precizie (Psalmul 16:10; Romani 1:4). Aceasta împlinire arata ca Dumnezeu este suveran în istorie si are putere sa conduca si sa controleze evenimentele.
b. Învierea descopera puterea lui Dumnezeu prin faptul ca ostasii romani care pazeau mormântul sigilat al Mântuitorului au lesinat de frica în momentul glorios, ceresc al manifestarii puterii divine în Înviere (Matei 28:3-4).
c. Învierea descopera puterea lui Dumnezeu prin faptul ca natura a resimtit implicarea divina în acest eveniment (Matei 28:2). A avut loc un mare cutremur de pamânt în momentul actiunii îngerului pentru Învierea Mântuitorului.
d. Învierea descopera puterea lui Dumnezeu prin faptul ca Diavolul a fost înfrânt si Cristos a învins prin Înviere, calcând în picioare pentru totdeauna puterea satanica asupra oamenilor care intra cu Dumnezeu într-o relatie spirituala, prin credinta si pocainta (Geneza 3:14-15).
e. Învierea descopera puterea lui Dumnezeu prin faptul ca moartea nu are autoritate asupra sufletului si duhului oamenilor nascuti din nou. Daca în momentul mortii trupul merge înapoi în materie, sufletul credinciosilor merge la Dumnezeu, pentru odihna vesnica (1 Corinteni 15:51-55). Puterea Diavolului este moartea (Evrei 2:14) si puterea mortii este pacatul (1 Corinteni 15:56). Însa Diavolul, moartea si pacatul au fost înfrânte prin moartea si învierea dintre cei morti a Împaratului Isus Cristos.
Beneficiul omului contemporan din Învierea Mântuitorului este sa fie ocrotit si vindecat de aceasta putere a lui Dumnezeu care controleaza istoria si universul.
II. ÎN AL DOILEA RÂND, ÎNVIEREA MÂNTUITORULUI DESCOPERA PACATUL OAMENILOR:
a. Învierea Mântuitorului a descoperit minciuna ostasilor (Matei 28:15).
b. Învierea Mântuitorului a descoperit viclenia preotilor (Matei 28:12-14).
c. Învierea Mântuitorului a descoperit necredinta ucenicilor (Luca 24:11).
Beneficiul omului contemporan din Învierea Mântuitorului este ca acesta poate fi iertat si mântuit de vinovatia pacatului, primind prin credinta si dreptul sa mosteneasca cerul.
III. ÎN AL TREILEA RÂND, ÎNVIEREA MÂNTUITORULUI DESCOPERA O NOUA PERSPECTIVA A VIETII:
a. Perspectiva divina pe pamânt (Galateni 2:20) – Nu exista onoare mai mare decât sa traiesti cu Dumnezeu în aceasta viata plina de lacrimi si nesiguranta, sa-L lasi sa-ti modeleze caracterul, valorile, prioritatile, relatiile, viata de familie… întreaga existenta.
b. Perspectiva slujirii pe pamânt (Matei 28:19-20) – Nu exista beneficiu mai mare decât sa muncesti pentru Dumnezeu si sa primesti plata în odihna eterna din rai. Talentele si resursele noastre trebuie puse în slujba Lui, având o motivatie corecta si o viata sfânta.
c. Perspectiva învierii pentru viata eterna (1 Corinteni 15:22-23; 2 Corinteni 4:14). Viata pe pamânt este scurta si plina de necazuri. Traind fara Dumnezeu, fara o relatie spirituala cu El prin credinta, omul pierde si viata aceasta, si pe cea viitoare. Traind cu Dumnezeu, urmându-L în fiecare zi, omul câstiga si viata aceasta, fiind sub protectia si grija Domnului, dar si viata eterna, când omul, schimbat într-un trup de slava, va trai etern cu Dumnezeu în rai.
Si când te gândesti ca, în acelasi timp, oamenii nemântuiti se vor chinui vesnic în iad! OARE SE MERITA!?
Învierea Mântuitorului este necesara si valabila si pentru tine; ea este SUFICIENTA pentru toti oamenii, dar este EFICIENTA doar pentru cei care se nasc din nou din Cuvântul lui Dumnezeu si din Duhul Sau cel Sfânt. Foloseste fiecare zi pentru viitorul tau etern – este singurul lucru cu care ramâi!
Alte articole/predici – Pastorul Nelu Brie-
07 Apr 2012 1 Comment
07 Apr 2012 2 Comments
Here is the skeleton outline of this study:
The death of death, a study by John W. Lawrence:
I. The Immediate Consequence of Death to Adam and Eve were – Psychological Anxieties and Fears, Substitutional Sacrifices, Hostility in the Animal Kingdom, Deterioration and Infirmity in Body, The Loss of Loved Ones
II. The Meaning of Death
III. The Three Important Types of Death in Scripture: A. Spiritual Death, B. Physical Death, C. The Second Death or Eternal Death
— Death and the Work of Christ: “The Cross and the Christ”
I. The Distinction Between Restoration and Resurrection
II. The Deaths Christ Died:
1. The physical body of Christ
2. The soul and human spirit of Christ
Death and the Present Session of Christ: “The Bier and the Believer”
I. Jesus Christ Conquered Death
II. Jesus Christ Causes Death
III. Jesus Christ Consecrated Death
Death and the Ministry of the Holy Spirit: “Dying Grace and the Believer”
I. Dying Grace: The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
II. Dying Grace: The Actual Experience for (A)Unbelievers and (B)Believers
Click here to read the entire article at Bible.org
07 Apr 2012 2 Comments
John Piper answers that question on the Christian Post:
The answer is that the degree of suffering, indignity, reproach, degradation, and fall that Jesus endured is not simply determined temporally.
It’s determined by the difference between the glory that he had with the Father in heaven and the ignominy that he suffered, naked and hanging like a piece of meat as the Son of God on the cross. It’s that distance that is the magnitude that provides the scope needed in his suffering to cover an eternity in hell and to cover the sins of millions of people.
The way to think about it is that we commit a greater indignity against God, not just in accord with how many sins we commit or how bad they are, but in accord with how great he is. Therefore our sins are infinitely great because they’re against an infinite person and deserve an infinite punishment.
Christ, being an infinite person, became so low that that drop in suffering, that drop in indignity was such a huge drop-it was an infinite drop-that it suffices to cover the sins of millions and to cover the entire length of eternity that we deserve to be in hell.
He is a great Savior.
You can read the entire article here at the Christian Post.
07 Apr 2012 5 Comments
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Thou hast made known to me the ways of life;
thou wilt make me full of gladness with thy presence.
I begin this morning with three questions for you to answer silently in your own mind.
The reason I count these questions worthy of Easter Sunday morning is not just because I think every person in this room cares about them, but also because these questions are the rock bottom concerns of the Bible.
Wherever the Bible has had its profoundest effect in people’s lives, it hasn’t been because of the demands of a new duty but because of the power of a new pleasure. Let me illustrate what I mean.
John G. Paton was born on May 24, 1824, in Dumfries County, Scotland. His father was a weaver and had his stocking frames in a room of the house. And his father was godly. Paton’s biographer says that the churchgoing and Bible stories and Shorter Catechism were “not tasks but pleasures” in the Paton home.
The boy had to quit school when he was 12 to help his father support the family of eleven children, and when he was 17, he had a deep experience of conversion that brought all his parents love for Christ home to his own heart.
The call to Christian service became irresistible and Paton worked for ten years as a city missionary in Glasgow among the poor children of the slums.
At 32 he accepted the call to missionary service in the New Hebrides in the South Pacific. In March 1858 he married Mary Ann Robson, and on April 16 they sailed together for the cannibal island of Tanna.
In less than a year they had built a little home and Mary had given birth to a son. But on March 3, 1859, one year after their marriage, Mary died of the fever, and in three weeks the infant son died. John Paton buried them alone, and wrote, “But for Jesus . . . I must have gone mad and died beside that lonely grave.”
One of the gifts that Jesus had given him to sustain him in those days were the words his wife spoke shortly before here death. And right here is where we see the profoundest effect of biblical Christianity. She did not murmur against God, or resent her husband bringing her there. Rather she spoke these incredible words—and you find them again and again where the Bible has sunk into the heart—”I do not regret leaving home and friends. If I had it to do over, I would do it with more pleasure, yes, with all my heart” (Fifty Missionary Heroes, by Julia Johnston, 1913, p. 153).
Among those who know the Bible best and who have experienced it most deeply, it has never diverted people from the quest for happiness and pleasure. Instead, it has caused people to get really serious about the quest. It has caused them to ask, “Do I really want to be happy? Do I want the fullest happiness possible? Do I want my happiness to last forever?” In other words, the Bible makes us stop playing games with our happiness. It makes us serious, even desperate, in our pursuit.
It makes a harried and overworked businessman go away for a few days and sit by the lake, and look at the sunset and the stars, and ask: “Have I found it? Is this what I am really after? Does it satisfy? Will it last?”
Jesus Christ never once condemned the quest for happiness. But often he has rebuked us for taking it so lightly.
Now what does all this have to do with Easter Sunday? Back in January when I first conceived of this message, I saw the connection in a new way, and I want to try to show it to you.
In Acts 1:3 Luke tells us that “Jesus presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to his apostles during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God.” For forty days he sought to prove to his followers that he really was alive,
Then Jesus ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father. And there he will reign until his ransomed people are gathered in from every people and tongue and tribe and nation. Then the Lord will come a second time in power and great glory and the dead in Christ will be raised to reign with him forever and ever.
Then the book of Acts goes on to show us that for ten days after Jesus had ascended to heaven the apostles and Jesus’ mother and his brothers devoted themselves to prayer in Jerusalem. During these ten days Peter and the others must have combed the Old Testament for predictions and explanations of what was happening in these incredible days, because when the Holy Spirit finally comes upon them with power at the end of those ten days, the apostles are full of Scripture. They explain everything in terms of the fulfillment of Scripture.
One of the psalms that Peter evidently pondered deeply goes like this:
Preserve me, O God, for in thee I take refuge.
I say to the LORD, “Thou art my Lord;
I have no good apart from thee.”
As for the saints in the land,
they are the noble, in whom is all my delight.
Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;
their libations of blood I will not pour out,
or take their names upon my lips.
The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;
thou holdest my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
yea, I have a goodly heritage.
I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I keep the LORD always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
my body also dwells secure.
For thou dost not give me up to Sheol,
or let thy godly one see the Pit.
Thou dost show me the path of life;
in thy presence there is fullness of joy,
in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.
The reason we know that Peter had given thought to this psalm is that he quotes from it in Acts 2:25–28. It was a psalm of David and Peter’s mind seemed to go something like this when he pondered this psalm.
We know that God gave David a promise (in 2 Samuel 7:12–16) that one of his own posterity would be the everlasting king of Israel—the Son of David, the Messiah (Isaiah 9:6–7). David must have often thought of this wonderful thing—that in his own body, as it were, there was a king whose reign would never end.
And Peter noticed in reading the psalms of David that sometimes, as David expressed his own hope in God, he would be caught up by the Holy Spirit to say things about himself that went far beyond what his own experience would be. It was as though David were sometimes transported into the future of his son the Messiah and would say things that only the Son of David would experience sometime in the future.
How Will David Not Be Shaken?
This is what Peter saw as he meditated on Psalm 16. He read, “The LORD is at my right hand that I might not be shaken.” (You can see this in Acts 2:25.) And he asked perhaps, “In what sense will David not be shaken?”
So he reads on for the answer. Acts 2:26—”Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will dwell in hope.” And Peter ponders and answers his question: “The sense in which David will not be shaken is that his heart and his flesh are secure in God. He will be protected—soul and body.”
Will David’s Flesh Really Never See Corruption?
Then Peter asks, “How will they be protected? How safe is David really? Will he not die? Did he not die?” Peter reads on (Acts 2:27), “For thou wilt not abandon my soul to Hades, nor let thy Holy One see corruption.” Peter looks at this for a long time. He ponders, “Will David’s flesh really never see corruption? Will David really never see the decaying effects of the Pit? Does he really expect this much protection for himself?”
And suddenly (or gradually?) it dawns on Peter that these words go beyond anything that David experienced. David did die! David was buried! David’s flesh did see corruption. So Peter recognizes that David is no longer speaking merely for himself. The Spirit has lifted him up to see the destiny of the second David. And the voice of the Messiah is heard prophetically in the voice of his father David.
This Is What Happened to Jesus!
And then the connection with Jesus hits home. This is what happened to Jesus! Peter makes the connection for us in Acts 2:31—”David foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.”
Now right here we begin to make the connection with that longing for happiness that I referred to back at the beginning. In Acts 2:28 Peter goes on to quote from the last verse of Psalm 16. But now we know that it is really Jesus, the Son of David, speaking through the voice of the prophet David:
Thou hast made known to me the ways of life;
thou wilt make me full of gladness with thy presence.
And the psalm ends (though Peter doesn’t finish it), “In thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.”
In other words, what we see from this text is that God’s goal for Jesus Christ beyond the grave was that he might fill him with gladness. So he didn’t abandon his soul to Hades or let his flesh see corruption. He raised him from the dead to make him full of happiness forever and ever.
And what is the essence of this happiness?
Verse 28 says, “Thou wilt make me full of gladness with thy presence.” Which means that we end this 13-week series on the pleasures of God where we began—with God the Son and God the Father delighting in each other’s presence. “Thou wilt make me full of gladness with thy presence.”
But what does Jesus experience in the presence of God? What are the pleasures in God’s right hand?
The first thing that comes to mind is glory. Jesus had prayed in John 17:5, “Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory which I had with you before the world was made.” Jesus had laid down his glory in order to suffer for us. Now he is eager to take it up again.
And the Father was eager to give it. That’s what Paul means when he says (in Philippians 2:8–11), “God has highly exalted him and given him a name which is above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Now what does the gladness of the risen God have to do with us?
Sanctioning the Pursuit of Gladness
Jesus didn’t just happen upon this gladness beyond the grave; he pursued it with all his might. Hebrews 12:2 says, “For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of God.”
In other words, Jesus was able to endure the cross because he knew it was leading to the Father’s presence where there is “fullness of joy” and to the Father’s right hand where there are “pleasures for evermore.”
This means that, if you are here this morning with a deep longing for happiness, you will not be told by Jesus Christ that this longing is bad, or that it must be denied or that you should have nobler goals on Easter than happiness. Jesus lived for the joy that was set before him. He is the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. And therefore he sanctioned the thirst of our souls by the thirst of his own.
Is Jesus for Us or for Himself?
But there’s more that has to do with us. If all Jesus wanted was the glory and gladness that he had with his Father before the world was, why did he come into the world in the first place? The Bible says, Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners like you and me (1 Timothy 1:15).
But someone might say, I thought you said he was pursuing his own joy. You said he wanted to be glorified by the Father. Which is it? Does he want his own glory and his own gladness or does he want ours? This has been the key question of this whole series on the pleasures of God. Is he for us or for himself?
Listen to his own answer one last time from John 17:24, “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to behold my glory which you have given me . . . before the foundation of the world.”
Yes he is for himself because he longs for the glory and the gladness of his Father’s presence. And yes he is for us, because he wants us with him there.
The message of Easter is doubly wonderful.
It is wonderful to see the suffering Son coming home to the Father. What a reunion that must have been when Creator embraced Creator and said, “Well done Son. Welcome home.” What a wonderful thing to see the bloody Passover Lamb of Good Friday crowned with glory and honor, and handed the scepter of the universe!
But it is also wonderful to hear Jesus say, “I want others to be with me, Father. I want others to share my glory. I want my gladness in your glory to overflow like a mountain spring and become the gladness of others. I want my joy in you to be in them and their joy to be full forever and ever.”
On Easter Sunday morning Jesus blew the lock off the prison of death and gloom and returned to the gladness of God. With that he put his sanction on the pursuit of happiness. And he opened the way for sinners to find never-ending satisfaction at the fountain of the glory of his grace.
From the right hand of God he speaks to everyone of us today and invites us to the never-ending banquet: “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst (John 6:35) . . . I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25–26).
By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: desiringGod.org
07 Apr 2012 8 Comments
Matthew 28:1-10 - Jesus Has Risen
1After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
1. According to the four gospels, Jesus rose from the dead following His crucifixion... a. Matthew records how the women found the tomb empty and were instructed by an angel to tell the disciples - Mt 28:1-8 b. Also how Jesus appeared to them while on their way - Mt 28:9-10 -- In all, the New Testament records ten distinct resurrection appearances of Christ prior to His ascension to heaven 2. The significance of the resurrection of Jesus to the Christian faith cannot be overestimated... a. It has great significance for one who has yet to believe in Jesus b. It also has great significance for those who are Christians [In this study we shall consider "The Significance Of The Resurrection" for both unbelievers and believers...] I. FOR THE UNBELIEVER A. IT VERIFIES THE DEITY OF JESUS... 1. The resurrection proves that Jesus truly is the Son of God - Ro 1:4 2. It also demonstrates that He truly has all authority in heaven and on earth - Mt 28:18; Ac 2:36 B. IT VERIFIES THE TRUTHFULNESS OF JESUS... 1. Jesus foretold His resurrection on three occasions - Mt 16:21; 17:22-23; 20:17-19 a. If Jesus was telling the truth in describing His suffering and resurrection... b. ...then He was telling the truth in everything else He said -- Would God raise a liar? 2. Therefore the following teachings of Jesus are true: a. He was from the Father above, and spoke the words of the Father - Jn 8:28-29 b. No one can come to the Father but through Him - Jn 14:6 c. His blood was shed for the remission of sins - Mt 26:28 d. He came to offer abundant life - Jn 10:10 e. He went to prepare a place for us - Jn 14:2 f. He shall come again - Jn 14:3 g. There will be a resurrection of the dead and ensuing judgment - Jn 5:28-29; 12:48; Ac 17:30-31 [If Jesus was in fact raised from the dead, "The Significance Of The Resurrection" for the unbeliever is enormous! It compels unbelievers to come face to face with reality, and the need to accept the Lordship of Jesus. The resurrection of Jesus has even more significance...] II. FOR THE BELIEVER A. IF JESUS HAS NOT BEEN RAISED... 1. Gospel preaching is vain - 1Co 15:14 a. The preaching of the apostles is empty, meaningless b. There would be no purpose in preaching about a liar, or lunatic 2. Our faith is vain - 1Co 15:14 a. Our belief in Christ would also be empty, meaningless b. For our faith would be in a liar, or lunatic 3. The apostles were false witnesses - 1Co 15:15 a. They swore that God raised Jesus from the dead - Ac 2:32 b. They claimed to spend 40 days with Him after the resurrection, eating and drinking with Him - Ac 10:39-41 c. There is no way they could have been deceived or mistaken; either they told the truth or they were deliberate liars, deceivers, and frauds! 4. We are still in our sins - 1Co 15:17 a. It would have been a liar or lunatic that died on the cross b. No such person could have provided a sacrifice that was holy and without blemish 5. Believers have perished at death - 1Co 15:18 a. Their faith would have been in a false Messiah b. They would have had no atonement for their sins c. Dying in their sins, there would be no hope 6. Christians are to be pitied - 1Co 15:19 a. Because we believe in a false Messiah b. Because our faith in Him leads us to refrain from much worldly pleasure c. Because we are often ridiculed or persecuted for our faith
B. IF JESUS HAS BEEN RAISED... 1. It verifies our justification - Ro 4:24-25 a. Jesus claimed His blood would be adequate - Mt 26:28 b. By raising Jesus from the dead, God demonstrated His acceptance of Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins! - Ro 8: 33-34 2. It demonstrates the power available to the Christian - Ep 1: 18-20 a. Power available at our conversion - Col 2:11-12; 1Pe 3:21 b. Power available to live the Christian life - Ro 8:11-13; Php 2:12-13; 4:13; Ep 3:20; 6:10 3. It gives us hope concerning our own resurrection - 1Pe 1:3 a. His resurrection gives us a living hope! - 1Pe 1:21 b. Especially concerning the resurrection of believers! - 1 Th 4:13-14 4. It demands our complete loyalty to Him - Ro 14:9 a. He was raised and then exalted to become our Lord - Ac 2: 32-36; Ep 1:20-23 b. Thus our lives and service belong to Him - Ro 14:7-8; 2 Co 5:15 CONCLUSION 1. The impact of the resurrection of Jesus should not go unfelt in our lives... a. As a historical event it has everlasting implications b. For both the unbeliever and believer 2. The unbeliever needs to examine the evidence for the resurrection carefully... a. The nature of the testimony provided by the witnesses b. The unfeasibility of alternative explanations for the empty tomb -- For if Jesus rose from the dead, one must believe in Him! - Jn 8: 24 3. The believer must never lose sight of the significance of the resurrection... a. Do our lives demonstrate that we serve a risen Lord and Savior? b. Do we possess the hope, peace, and strength that the reality and power of His resurrection gives to the Christian?May we never forget "The Significance Of The Resurrection" of Jesus Christ in our lives! (VIA)
07 Apr 2012 2 Comments
There is a somewhat lengthy introduction (a little over 8 minutes) which I am not too fond of long introductions, so you can plan accordingly as you watch this interesting debate between Spong and William Lane Craig. A view of someone (Craig) who believes the Word of God and someone (Spong) who only ‘somwhat believes’ some things. It helps us decide whether we choose to believe the Gospel or not.
http://www.reasonablefaith.org – Nothing is more central to the Christian doctrine than the reality of Christ’s resurrection. In this debate, William Lane Craig and Jesus Seminar fellow John Shelby Spong discuss and debate whether the resurrection was a real, physical event. Presented by Church Communication Network (CCN).”
A Q&A on Jesus’ Resurrection: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=CB369C15037FEDC8
Dr. William Lane Craig debates another Jesus Seminar fellow Marcus Borg here: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=5B0135DC769FBBEF
07 Apr 2012 3 Comments
07 Apr 2012 2 Comments
Procesul Domnului Isus a fost unic si prin faptul ca Cel condamnat a fost gasit vinovat nu pentru ceea ce a facut, ci pentru ceea ce a fost El. Aparenta înfrângere a mortii Domnului Isus a culminat cu reala victorie a Învierii. Daca totul s-ar fi terminat fara înviere, viata ar avea astazi un alt sens, iar vesnicia ar fi un infern. Cine ar sterge astazi lacrimile vaduvei, ale orfanului si ale celui lovit de valurile vietii, daca nu ar fi înviat Isus? Cine ar iubi pe cei neiubiti, cine ar ierta pe cei neiertati, cine ar hrani pe cei nehraniti, cine ar mângâia pe cei nemângâiati… daca nu ar fi înviat Isus? Cine ar raspunde rugaciunilor disperate, cine ar sterge lacrimile fierbinti, cine ar ierta pacatele daca nu ar fi înviat Isus? Pe cine ar cauta natiunile, cui s-ar închina milioanele de oameni, cui i S-ar dedica imnurile si adorarea daca n-ar fi înviat Isus? Dar Isus a înviat si învierea Lui este speranta muritorilor.
Exista un mesaj în Învierea lui Isus care traverseaza veacurile si cheama pe oameni la dragostea si iertarea divina. Învierea celui Înviat pune în evidenta câteva adevaruri universale:
I. Dumnezeu este mai tare decât Diavolul.
Diavolul a fost învins de Dumnezeu si în cer, si pe pamânt. În cer a fost învins înainte de creatie, când sclipitorul înger Lucifer, împreuna cu a treia parte dintre îngeri, s-a razvratit împotriva lui Dumnezeu. Drept pedeapsa, el a fost aruncat în vazduh si din înger al luminii a devenit înger al întunericului, din Lucifer (purtator de lumina) a devenit Diavolul (Instigatorul, Dusmanul).
Pe pamânt a fost învins la Golgota, când Isus, parasit de oameni si de Dumnezeu, l-a învins prin cruce. Mormântul sigilat, garzile imperiale, complotul preotilor corupti, tradarea lui Iuda… nu L-au putut tine în mormânt – A ÎNVIAT. În timpul procesului lui Adam si Eva din Eden, Dumnezeu face o promisiune, care s-a împlinit la cruce: ,,Vrajmasie voi pune între tine si femeie, între samânta ta si samanta ei. Aceasta îti va zdrobi capul, si tu Îi vei zdrobi calcâiul” (Genesa 3:15). Mântuitorul a zdrobit capul Diavolului la cruce, si în felul acesta a înfrânt pacatul si moartea. Dumnezeu este iubire, Diavolul este ura. Dumnezeu este mai tare decât Diavolul.
II. Dragostea este mai tare decât ura.
Dumnezeu este personificarea iubirii, Diavolul este personificarea urii. Din ura s-a razvratit împotriva lui Dumnezeu, din ura a instigat pe primii oameni în Eden, din ura a vrut sa-L distruga pe Isus. Ura oamenilor, acumulata de-a lungul mileniilor, sfida justitia divina chemând judecata si mânia lui Dumnezeu. Ura lor L-a aruncat pe Isus pe cruce si L-a coborât în mormânt. Ce pret aveau oamenii pacatosi în fata sfinteniei lui Dumnezeu? De ce meritau oamenii sa vina Fiul lui Dumnezeu pe pamânt si sa moara pentru ei? Cu ce L-am obligat noi pe Dumnezeu sa ne iubeasca si sa-Si jertfeasca singurul Fiu pentru rascumpararea noastra? Motivatia Mântuitorului de a veni pe pamânt a fost iubirea, iubirea pentru oameni, pentru suferinta si durerile lor. Dragostea a luat asupra ei si vinovatia umana, platind dreptatii lui Dumnezeu prin moarte. A urmat apoi Învierea glorioasa si Dragostea a iesit afara, aducându-ne vestea iertarii. Dragostea este vesnica, ura este vremelnica. Dragostea este mai tare decât ura.
III. Binele este mai tare decât raul.
Dumnezeu este personificarea binelui, Diavolul este personificarea raului. Primul rau l-a facut în lumea îngerilor înainte de Creatie, când a instigat o treime dintre îngerii lui Dumnezeu, apoi pe Adam si Eva, apoi cele 6.5 miliarde de oameni… În ciuda metodelor meschine, violente, lipsite de scrupule si demnitate, Diavolul a fost învins pentru totdeauna. În ciuda metodelor transparente, pline de iubire si bunatate, Isus a învins pentru totdeauna. Toata viata, Domnul Isus a facut numai bine, fiind ca un Miel în mijlocul lupilor. Stia ca are la dispozitie 12 legiuni de îngeri, însa nu a vrut sa faca rau nici chiar dusmanilor Sai. Raul a fost biruit prin bine, nu prin rau, caci Mântuitorul nu a folosit metodele Diavolului. ,,Nu te lasa biruit de rau, ci biruieste raul prin bine”. Finalul a dovedit si în acest caz ca binele triumfa, pentru ca Dumnezeu este de partea binelui. Binele este atmosfera cerului si a sufletelor mântuite de cel Înviat. Binele este vesnic, timp în care raul este trecator. Binele este mai tare decât raul.
Dumnezeu este personificarea vietii, Diavolul este personificarea mortii. Viata aduce bucurie, moartea aduce lacrimi; viata aduce primavara, moartea aduce iarna; viata aduce speranta, moartea aduce resemnare. Firicelul de iarba va sparge întotdeauna asfaltul, ghiocelul se va ridica întotdeauna deasupra zapezii. Este de neînteles faptul ca Mântuitorul ne-a adus viata prin moartea Sa si a învins prin slabiciune. Când Domnul a fost pus în mormânt, nici macar ucenicii nu au mai crezut ca se poate face ceva si au ramas dezamagiti si fara speranta. Prin moarte, Domnul a distrus boldul mortii (1 Cor. 15:55-57), adica pacatul care ne despartea de Dumnezeu. Viata este eterna, moartea este temporara. Viata este mai tare decât moartea.
V. Adevarul este mai tare decât minciuna.
Dumnezeu este personificarea adevarului, Diavolul este personificarea minciunii. Domnul Isus în viata de pe pamânt a fost Adevarul, El ne-a adus adevarul din partea lui Dumnezeu (Ioan 1:14; 8:32,45-46;14:6). Bucuria oamenilor de la Florii s-a transformat în ura la Paste, iar minoritatea a devenit majoritate. Oamenii au omorât Adevarul, dar El n-a ramas în mormânt, ci a înviat, dovedind ca este invincibil si vesnic. În El poti avea încredere, este Dumnezeu în cer si pe pamânt. Oamenii L-au omorât pentru ca faptele lor erau rele, si, iubind pacatul, n-au vrut adevarul (Ioan 3:19-21). Cei de atunci au preferat sa spuna ca Hristos nu a înviat. S-au cheltuit bani pentru a raspândi aceasta minciuna. Minciuna ostasilor romani pusi la cale de preotii vremii nu a rezistat. Astazi toti oamenii stiu ca Isus a înviat ca este Dumnezeu viu si vesnic. Lupta dintre adevar si minciuna continua si astazi (Matei 28:11-15), însa Adevarul va învinge mereu, pentru ca adevarul este vesnic. Adevarul este mai tare decât minciuna.
VI. Speranta este mai tare decât disperarea
Dumnezeu este personificarea sperantei, Diavolul este personificarea disperarii. Scopul pacatului, al bolilor, al mortii este sa aduca disperarea în inimile oamenilor. Destinul oamenilor nascuti din nou este în mâna strapunsa de cuie a Mielului lui Dumnezeu. În lucrarea mântuitoare exista speranta, disperarea nu mai are efect, Isus ne-a platit datoria. Speranta este mai tare decât disperarea.
Indiferent care îti este starea sufletului la sarbatoarea de Paste, adu-ti aminte de aceste adevaruri universale probate de istorie. Ele au scopul sa-ti aduca dragostea lui Dumnezeu, sa te încurajeze, sa te ridice, pentru ca Dumnezeu este mai tare decât Diavolul, dragostea mai tare dacât ura, binele mai tare decât raul, viata mai tare decât moartea, adevarul mai tare decât minciuna, speranta mai tare decât disperarea. Aceste adevaruri nu au scopul doar sa te informeze, ci si sa-ti spuna ca Dumnezeu te iubeste, Îi pasa de tine, destinul tau este în mâna Sa!
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