Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed -- in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed . 1 Cor 15:51-52 NKJV
* * *Easter is coming late this year, but in just a few weeks it will be here. I prefer late April - in March it always takes me by surprise. Easter came as a surprise to believers in Bible times as well. No matter how many times the Lord told them that He would die and rise again the third day - they couldn't seem to comprehend. They were ready to see Him as King, Messiah, Promised One - but suffering, death and resurrection - that was unthinkable!
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This week we will take a break from our journey through the Old Testament - which prophesied that Messiah would suffer and die for our sins - and spend some time reading the New Testament passages leading up to Good Friday. Our hope comes not just on Friday (the cross) but on the Sunday that follows. Jesus died for our sins on Friday - but He conquered death on Sunday- so that those of us who receive Him need not fear death any more.
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For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Have you believed in the only begotten Son of God?