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Two Questions That Have Always Bothered Me

I came to believe in Christianity the hard way. I rejected all teaching from my youth and searched the Bible and History for answers to all my questions. But two things have never quite been settled for me and I will question again and again until it is completely answered.

The first is: Why do we insist on calling it Easter? It is the Day of the Resurrection and the Sunday after the Passover in all aspects of Christendom, yet the English speaking people want to call it Easter. And as a result we take Christ out of it and put in all kinds of myths, secular traditions and party time attitude rather than Worship the Risen God in Awe and Wonder. It is a time to dress up, feast a lot and play silly games of hide and seek for colored eggs.

The second is: When did Christians stop believing in the Fullness of Christ in Holy Communion? I know that the vast majority of protestants do not believe in the Transformation of the elements into the Body and Blood of Christ yet until the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, all Christians the world over believed that the words of Jesus, “This is My Body,” and “This is My Blood,” where actual fact and not metaphoric.

I suggest that everybody read these three texts from the New Testament and study them:
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35 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. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

41 So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— 46 not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread [1] the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 Jesus [2] said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 6:58 Greek lacks the bread
[2] 6:59 Greek He


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22 And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood of the [1] covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 14:24 Some manuscripts insert new


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26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the [1] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 26:28 Some manuscripts insert new


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15 I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. 18 Consider the people of Israel: [1] are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 10:18 Greek Consider Israel according to the flesh

God is Not Unfair Nor Forgets.

“For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.”

I know that there are many who do simple works in the name of Jesus that get no recognition on earth. Many who do things from their homes, offices and on the streets that nobody knows about except God. To these many brave and loving souls I say, God will remember you for your goodness, love and your obedience to His will.

Because you have welcomed Christ in the service of others, God welcomes you into His love. Jesus said as much in . Because there is a heart to serve God, there is no reward on earth that can justify your actions. Your Justification comes from Heaven. But as unfair is the world so just is God. Our rewards are in eternity, not on earth. We only need to trust that what good we can do on earth is done in the trust of Jesus. reads, “If you trust me, you are really trusting in the one who sent me. For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me.” When you do the will of Jesus, you are doing the will of God. When you are compelled by the Love of Christ to do works, you are compelled by the Father.

God recalls all the good we do and he remembers the righteousness of our actions. The Key is always that we do these thing because we are compelled by the Love that is given to us and the love we share with others. At the last meal shared with the disciples, Jesus said to them, “I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.” () “When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in the Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”() If we are in Christ and He is in us, how then could the Father forget us? Why would God not justify our works if they are done in the example of His Son, Jesus?

Continue in the good service to God. Let no mortal confuse you and tell you that they have no value before God. Failing to do the works of Jesus is to fail the Father. Claiming that the works of Jesus are not to be our example of Right Living is to call God a liar.

God is Just and He will judge us through Jesus by our use of the gifts He has blessed us with. We are not to hide them in the ground as the lazy and fearful servant but are to use all the gifts to the profit of the Word. “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.” () They will see God in their works, in those who they render kindness to and by the grace that is given with the Love they have of God.

They shall receive reward because they are just before God and they have lived as the Lord Jesus, Our Christ, has deemed as fair and holy.


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10 For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. (ESV)


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40 “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. (ESV)


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44 And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. (ESV)


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15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. (ESV)


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20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. (ESV)


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“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (ESV)

Missions in India Are Under Attack NOW!

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On Wednesday night (Nov 12) I received an Urgent Prayer Request from friends with YWAM. I have copied it here for all to read and to add their prayers. THIS IS NOT A HOAX, THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING.

Greetings from the Philippines. we have just received this prayer request dated November 4…JC. Mila &JCir, ISOM, WOW &Youth Center…READ and Pray! …a letter from Chip & Sandy Wanner, Team Facilitators to YWAM frontline.

Dear beloved sponsors and friends of Good News India.

We have never seen anything like this. We knew that Orissa was the most resistant and hostile State in India as far as the Gospel is concerned. And we brushed off the continuous threats and harassment we faced as we went about His work. But none of our staff imagined that they would see this kind of carnage…And it seems to be under the radar of the Western Media…

Let me explain… A Militant Hindu priest and 4 of his attendants who were zealously going around the villages of Orissa and ‘reconverting’ people back to Hinduism, were gunned down by unknown assailants in Central Orissa last weekend.

Immediately the Christians were blamed. The cry rose up…”kill the Christians!” And the horror began… In the past 4 days, we have first hand witness to hundreds of churches being blown up or burned and many, many dozens of christian tribals have been slaughtered. For no other reason than they bear the name of Christ.