Why Easter?

An explanation and history on why Christians celebrate Easter and why Christ didn’t actually die on Good Friday. No it’s not from pagan roots. (Where the actual word Easter comes from is a little more tricky) But the Christians celebrated the Passover on the resurrection day.

Easter is what the early Christians called Pesach (Hebrew) Pascha (Greek) or Passover. Focus on the resurrection, they celebrated first Sunday after the Passover. Not wanting to take on the Jewish custom of the Passover on the 14th of Nison, they chose the Friday to celebrate the crucifixion.

This has seemingly led to a lack of biblical understanding of what Christ did on the cross at the Passover. Originally celebrated on the 14th day of the first month, Nisan. Somehow it appears to have been changed to the 15th of Nisan which is actually the first day of the 7 day festival of Unleavened Bread, this first was held in Egypt recorded in Exodus 12. An overview of Israel’s feasts is recorded in Leviticus 23.

The Lord God YHWH appeared to Moses and had him go to Pharaoh and say “Let my people go so we may worship the Lord God in the wilderness” after 9 plagues, Pharaoh still was hardened.

So the Lord said, recorded in Exodus 12. Take a lamb or goat from the first year without blemish. Kill it and eat it (Remember Christ saying this is my body given for you) paint the blood of the lamb on the door posts of your houses and when the angel comes he will destroy every first born male in Egypt. But when he see’s the blood (This is my blood of the new covenant) he will “Pass over” That house and spare those sons. So Israel did this and Pharaoh let them go and they went and Moses parted the sea 🌊

This is important to remember when we celebrate Good Friday as the Lord didn’t die on a Friday (The Christians chose that day remember)

Matthew 12:39‭-‬40 He answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation demands a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.

So Jesus Christ is our Passover lamb. Sacrificed so we would be covered by his blood, the blood of the lamb for the forgiveness of sins. Raised on the third day, Sunday. So we could have new life by his spirit.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
John 1:29 CSB
https://bible.com/bible/1713/jhn.1.29.CSB

Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new unleavened batch, as indeed you are. For Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us observe the feast, not with old leaven or with the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
1 Corinthians 5:7‭-‬8 CSB
https://bible.com/bible/1713/1co.5.7-8.CSB

Spiritual Blindness …

I enjoy helping people with the spiritual gift of teaching blessingly given to me by God. I enjoy helping the young people at bible school and the men in Teen Challenge. I enjoy helping people online and on Facebook. I used to argue but the Lord told me to stop!

Especially on Facebook there are a lot of ill-informed people that is hard to convince by simply unpacking the scriptures with them. Weird beliefs like keeping the Sabbath specifically on the Saturday. That Jesus name cannot be Jesus it has to be Yeshua.

But it is by faith. There has to be a changed life, a change in the heart. The Holy Spirit has to come in and he guides us to all truth.

but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.
James 2:9‭-‬10

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.
Galatians 5:1‭-‬6

We cannot be saved by works. We cannot be saved by keeping the law. If I wake up and go to the toilet, make a coffee (Don’t talk to me before I’ve had coffee) if I kiss my wife. Have I not broken the first commandment before the day even starts?

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

Works are a result of faith in Christ, being led by the Holy Spirit. We naturally do good as we walk in the will of God. Following what He has for us not asking God to bless what we do!

The love of Christ compels us. 2 Corinthians 5:14

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:8‭-10

So there remains closed eyes. You cannot see because your eyes are not spirituality dicerning the word of God

But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:14

We are not God and we cannot know his word except by the Holy Spirit

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8‭-‬9

Come to God as a poor, lowly, broken person. Only when we are poor in spirit can we see God. Job after his sufferings said this

“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.”
Job 42:5‭-‬6

Always come to God poor in spirit, like a beggar, completely in need of Him.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:3

What did Jesus ask the blind man in Mark 10:51? “What would you like me to do for you?” He doesn’t heal him until the man says “that I may receive my sight”

Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free! Amen? God bless.

Why is God invisible to us?

I look at creation, the ocean, galaxies far away, tiny molecules. There is PROOF of design everywhere in everything if we look deep enough. But why does God hide himself? This is the fun part and what I

And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”
Revelation 5:10 NKJV

It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them.
Proverbs 25:2 NLT

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
Romans 1:20 NKJV

But why conceal the truths of His creation? Why is it not plain to see for everyone?

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Deuteronomy 29:29 ESV

Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;  And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
Ephesians 3:8‭-‬9 KJV

God knew we would not believe, He has hidden Himself in creation so we will search, as we do all over the world. For the truth.

I have much more to say to you, but right now it would be more than you could understand. The Spirit shows what is true and will come and guide you into the full truth. The Spirit doesn’t speak on his own. He will tell you only what he has heard from me, and he will let you know what is going to happen.
John 16:12‭-‬13 CEV

“For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?”
Romans 11:34 ESV

Behold, God is exalted in his power; who is a teacher like him? Who has prescribed for him his way, or who can say, ‘You have done wrong’?
Job 36:22‭-‬23 ESV

Consider this next time you see the stars, glorious sunset or the hills and valleys. Look at creation and consider a God who created it all!

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord . For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8‭-‬9 ESV

Bible interpretation. Can we trust the Bible?

I am not that interested in theology or Christian doctrine. I am interested in the truth and authority of the Bible! This is life to me and only with God’s living word will I use. Don’t trust what I say. Check for yourselves

but test everything; hold fast what is good.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 ESV

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
1 John 4:1 ESV

All Scripture is breathed out by God
2 Timothy 3:16 ESV

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 ESV

This next scripture, in John 6. One of the most remarkable chapters in the Bible. Jesus had just shown fed the people with multiplying bread as God did for Israel in the wilderness.

Then He says this, the most remarkable statement “I am the bread of life”

Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
John 6:32‭-‬33‭, ‬35 ESV

Then his sermon continues and Jesus goes on to say, what’s I believe is how scripture is to be interpreted. And that is by his Holy spirit (Remember, test all things)

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
John 6:63 NKJV

Yes the Bible can be taken literally because it is truth and God cannot lie (Titus 1:2) but all of the parables, the imagery in the OT, the living word we just read in John 6. The Bible, by the Holy spirit

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
John 14:16‭-‬17‭, ‬26 NKJV

The Bible should be interpreted by us today? The Bible interprets the Bible. Scripture interpreters scripture (This probably needs it’s own post) But I want you to see that YOUR LIFE is hidden in the Bible. Joy for you to search it!

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, And rely on horses, Who trust in chariots because they are many, And in horsemen because they are very strong, But who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, Nor seek the Lord ! Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; And their horses are flesh, and not spirit. When the Lord stretches out His hand, Both he who helps will fall, And he who is helped will fall down; They all will perish together.
Isaiah 31:1‭, ‬3 NKJV

This is why Christ entered Jerusalem on a donkey and not a horse. In scripture: Egypt is the world, horses are flesh (Our own desires mental and physical) and not spirit (Spirituality is to obey God)

The spirit of God or the Holy spirit (not a person, we are people) in scripture is imagery as: a dove, water, donkey, wind, breath. Israel is spirit, Egypt is world

This is why God brought the Jews (and us) out of Egypt and into His own eternal kingdom (Through the blood of the land, the Messiah, Jesus Christ)

Want to know what something on the Bible means or what that dream you had means? Search the scripture. Let scripture interpret scripture! The Psalms are a great source of imagery

The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork. Psalm 19

Firstly this site will I hope only prove the existence of a creator God and show as I believe, that the Bible is scientifically accurate. Of course it is right?

Science says that what they call dark matter and dark energy, which cannot be seen or proven. Make up 85% of everything in the universe. That dark energy holds everything together. Look what it says of Jesus in the Bible

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Colossians 1:17 ESV

This next scripture from the book of Job, written 4000 years ago. Well before any telescope.

“Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, Or loose the belt of Orion?
Job 38:31 NKJV

We now know thanks to science that the Pleiades are gravitationaly bound!

We also know that the stars in Orien are from different galaxies, meaning they are moving away from each other. Eventually Oriens belt will not only be loosed, but unrecognisable!

If scientific statements like this are proven 4000 years later to be accurate, we can surely begin to trust everything the Bible says?