Sunday, March 1, 2015

THE MOST IMPORTANT FACT!

Today’s┬áReading: 1 Corinthians 15

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

Tarsus was the hometown of the Apostle Paul (Acts 9:11), a city of great importance (21:39) as a university learning centre of the ancient world, alongside Alexandria and Athens.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures…

“FIRST OF ALL!” Many Bible scholars believe that this is the first and most concisely written and preserved statement of the very heart and soul of our Christian faith. First Corinthians is considered to be the earliest writing in our New Testament. Our eternal salvation depends totally on the inalterable Truth of our key verses. Let us read, memorize, and make these verses a most integral element in our lives.

In a court of law, a witness who is in opposition to the defence, yet admits to the truth of the case for the defence, is the most credible witness. Paul is such a witness for the defence of the Truth of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. In his past, Paul was in total opposition to the message of Christ, so much so that he persecuted the Church (15:9). He used to be Rabbi Saul of Tarsus. He was raised in the intellectual university centre of Asia Minor, the city of Tarsus. He was sent by his Jewish father (a Roman citizen) to study in Jerusalem under the most famous Rabbi of the time, Gamaliel. Gamaliel was the grandson of Hillel, perhaps the most famous Jewish Rabbi of all time. He knew the Jewish High Priest and was appointed the official inquisitor whose job it was to destroy the followers of Jesus. Now known as the Apostle Paul, his testimony is true!! Note that twice Paul repeats the words “according to the Scriptures.” This Hebrew Bible Scholar was absolutely certain of his facts.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, You died and rose from the dead for all the human family, including me. Please grant me the grace to never fear death but to rejoice always in the sure knowledge of the resurrection. Amen & Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

The genius composer, Handel, was, in my opinion, at his very best in The Messiah, where he put the words of 1st Corinthians 15 to music. Every year I attend a performance of The Messiah, conducted by the the famous Jewish Maestro, Boris Brott. Crossroads sponsored a performance of The Messiah in Jerusalem several years back. It was thrilling to hear the magnificent Jerusalem orchestra with its Jewish musicians playing to the glory of God. Here is a clip from the Christmas season when Boris was interviewed on 100 Huntley Street, including some footage from the performance of The Messiah in Jerusalem (click here). Also, check out the YES TV listings for a release of The Messiah from Jerusalem this Easter.

I have stood beside many graves and read words from 1st Corinthians 15. What hope! What an assurance that this is not the end but only the beginning of eternity with Christ, clothed in a resurrected body just like the body of Jesus when He left the tomb empty (see photos below). Some of the key leaders of The Human Genome Project for the United States Government are believers in Jesus. There are approximately three billion “letters” that encode the genetic material within each human cell. For God to rearrange those parts into our glorified bodies would not be a problem. Even the most tiny speck of dust from a body has its DNA sequence from which the believer can be reconstructed. I’ve spent time with one of those believers who worked closely with Francis Collins, the author of The Language of God, who headed The Human Genome Project. Check Google to find out what Dr. Collins’ former associate, Dr. Jeffrey Trent, also a world class scientist, is doing now (click here). In my time with Dr. Trent, he was constantly referring to “the Lord.” He is a strong believer in Jesus!

Yours in full confidence that “we shall all be changed!” (15:51b),

David

Visitors entering the Garden Tomb. Many believe that it was inside this tomb in Jerusalem that Jesus’ body was laid. The photo below gives you an inside view.

This tomb was originally made for a shorter man, perhaps Joseph of Arimathea, but as you can see on the right, the end was dug out to fit a taller man’s body.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

10 thoughts on “Sunday, March 1, 2015

  1. Wonderful Singing. Up lifting to say the least . Our choir sang this exact
    chorus at Easter one year afew years ago.P.T.L. for Heavenly songs like that..R..

  2. What a comforting and encouraging scripture this is today!!!

    JESUS IS ALIVE, HE LIVES, HE LIVES, SALVATION TO IMPART, YOU ASK ME HOW I KNOW, HE LIVES WITHIN MY HEART.

    How exciting to know that we will be “LIKE HIM”, changed with a resurrected body!!!! Glorified in Him.!!

  3. Thank you for the picture of the Garden Tomb.

    I too went inside the empty tomb when in Israel…in 1975 as well as 2001.

    What a special time of worship there was as we listen to scripture. sang praises to the Lord, and celebrated the Lord’s Supper together.

    • WOW! if that had been me I would have fainted! I nearly faint when I hear beautiful songs and hymns praising the Lord or when the Holy Spirit has spoken to me, I am just so overwhelmed…what a wonderful experience for you Irene!

  4. Thank the Lord for this Bible study! I have a chemical imbalance and last fall have been blessed with a sleep disorder . I am THANKFUL Mental Health pays for swimming. I AM BLESSED TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE IN THE EVENING! I thank God over and over, I meet wonderful people at the pool, last night met Kevin, a Christian driving from British Columbia to Ottawa to work, bless his travels and Jennie, (young gal) who just finished 5 years in the Army and was offered a 21 year contract in the Middle East but she chose to stay in Canada and she is working immediately. I do find it all so awsesome! I am greatly blessed by the Holy Spirit helping me to tidy things up and giving me ideas! please continue to pray for me, I need a financial breakthrough from the Lord. Thank you and God bless everyone on this blog!

  5. Praying for you Sah, that your financial need be met…Lord Jesus you know all about Sah and all that she needs, I thank you Lord that your are her provider and that you delight to give her the desires of her heart. Lord thank for hearing and answering Sah’ request in your Mighty Name Jesus I pray…AMEN!!

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