Resurrection of Jesus Christ & Birth of Christianity

Jesus life, death and resurrection birthed the Christian faith. Here’s how and why!

Jesus of Nazareth preached in Israel about God, eternal life and establishing the Kingdom of God on earth during the time of Augustus.  Jesus walked with his disciples for three years as a teacher, a mentor and a friend instructing them on spiritual life.

He claimed and believed to be the ‘Son of God’ regarded as such by his disciples who witnessed many of his miracles, some of which were; restoring sight to a blind man, healing the lame and raising Lazarus from the dead.

His key teachings were about;  God, salvation, redemption, love, compassion, faith, eternal life, baptism, temptation, forgiveness, holiness, repentance, sincerity and the kingdom of God.

Christianity was birthed in a very hostile environment where Jesus was seen as an antagonistic leader of a cult threatening the very existence of the Jewish priesthood.  His disciples viewed Jesus as being divine as well as human which made the Jews even more hostile against him.

Jesus said things like, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Jesus was tried and crucified by the Romans for blasphemy.  His body was prepared for burial and placed in a rich man’s tomb.   A Roman seal was placed on the tomb giving nobody a chance of stealing the body against the might of the roman army.

Jesus’ Death Was Foretold

Psalm 22:16-18: “Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.”

Jesus Rose from the Dead

Three days later the stone covering the grave with the Roman seal was found rolled away.

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The women go back to the find the stone rolled away & Angels announce the Resurrection – Luke 24

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.

In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:  “The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.

The resurrected Jesus appears to his Mary Magdalene – John 20:11-18

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Jesus appeared to Mary, however she didn’t recognise him.  She was crying over Jesus death.

Jesus spoke to her saying, “Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” Mary thought He must be the gardener and said, “Sir, if you have taken Him away, tell me where, and I will take Him!” Jesus said, “Mary!” Then she recognised Him and exclaimed, “Master!”

Jesus Appears to the Apostles – John 20:19-23That same Sunday evening most of the apostles were together and Jesus appeared among them.

He Appeared to Thomas who is known to this day as ‘Doubting Thomas’-  John 20: 24-31,

Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

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Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The Ascension of Jesus – Acts 1:6-11  

Others witnessed Jesus being taken up to heaven in physical form.

As Promised, the Holy Spirit Comes – Acts 2

day of pentacost

The day of Pentecost when the Holy spirit falls on all men who start speaking in tongues.

The Great Commission – Matthew 28:16-20

Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.  When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Christians believe that we too will rise with him.   We are made in Gods likeness  – A three fold being of mind, body and spirit! To get to heaven, we have to be born again of the Spirit and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God'” – John 3:3.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” – Romans 10:9.

Get connected with a Christian Church, join a bible study group and grow in the faith.   He died for all mankind – so come as you are!

By Sandra Ciminelli

Veins of Light – Poem

Warm air brings thunder rolling,
a symphony starts in the trees,
as grey clouds shield the sun,
air cools with a blowing breeze.

 

Motor sounds of cars and bikes
are deafened by the rain,
Colliding forces fight for control,
and tyres splash through the wet.

 

Veins of light shooting down to earth
as water pours out from the sky,
saturating the thirsty ground,
leaving nothing out there dry.

 

By Sandra Ciminelli.

Break Free from Wrong Money Attitudes

People with bad attitudes towards spending go broke or end up in debt.

Many people are working hard jobs to put food on the table and never seem to have any left over. While others who throw money away can end up unhappy or depressed.  We need goals and plans so that we aren’t blown around like a tumbleweed landing wherever life takes us.

Bad Attitudes Towards Money

Being overcautious and never spending money can lead to a boring life. However, overspending can become a bad habit leading to debt. Here are some of those attitudes that if corrected can turn around a person’s financial situation.

Partying Too Hard/Much

There’s that person who parties hard, is a binge drinker or recreational drug user who borrows in circles to pay back those within their own circles. This is probably a charming good talker who could be the best used car salesman ever that keeps friends who supply the cash around.  Sad really because these types don’t value anyone or anything as their own ego comes first.   I call this the ‘Peter Pan’ type. He likes to fly (be high) and take others along the journey with him and never thinks twice about tomorrow.

Negligent Spending

This type makes you cringe when hearing the excuses they come up with to borrow money, which initially I don’t mind until I hear the excuse,” I don’t have any money because I bought the latest gadget and it left me without any rent money for the next two weeks.” This selfish attitude takes other people’s finances for granted.

Then there are those who know that they are negligent spenders because they want the best quality of everything right now.  This calls for patience and understanding that sacrificing the unnecessary things today eventually makes the bare necessities and essential needs affordable tomorrow for most.  It will take a dilligent person who has determination and stickability who remains focussed on the big picture to succeed.

Gambling & other Addictions

Spending all their money on the sure bet, horses, poker machine, footy tab or greyhounds. The addiction is sure to make people broke.  The addict might be compelled to put a big win’s money back where it came from.  I’m not sure where I heard this phrase about gambling, “Its a tax on those who are bad at maths.”  But it’s pretty much on the money!

Addictions of any kind are really costly.  Seek professional help to kick a habit or talk to your GP who can recommend someone.  NO addiction will mean more money to yourself without the burden of an addiction to maintain.

A Thankful Heart Is A Contented Heart

  • We need to focus on our priorities, take charge of our own lives and be thankful for what we have.  We all live on borrowed time and can take nothing with us when we leave this world.
  • A heart of gratitude is the right attitude. Deuteronomy 10:14b “Heaven is the LORD’s… the earth also, with all that is in it.”
  • We aren’t to love money more than God. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”Matthew 6:24  (mammon in Aramaic  is translated to ‘riches’.

MONEY MANAGEMENT

Being an independent and mature  adult means that a person can stand on their own two feet without having to rely on handouts.  When we begin to take charge of our lives it will become easier to take charge of our finances.

Saving money is putting money away for a rainy day or accumulating money for a purpose or goal.  Wikipedia describes, ‘Saving Money’ as,”income not spent, or deferred consumption. Methods of saving include putting money aside in, for example, a deposit account, a pension account, an investment fund, or as cash. Saving also involves reducing expenditures, such as recurring costs. … Saving differs from savings.”

Budget – Take the stress off your financial situation by knowing exactly how much you have and how much you can afford to spend.  Then manage the finances to pay off bills on time, separate your savings if possible and adjust your lifestyle accordingly etc.

Paying Off Debts

  • Take charge & make an effort pay off debts to individuals and companies that are owed money.  Arrangements can often be made to pay these off in installments.
  • Take one day at a time until all debts are paid.
  • Refrain from borrowing more money.
  • Seek a loan consolidation expert to combine loans together into one loan in order minimise repayment time and save money on interest.

Set Goals & Plan Ahead

  • Having goals is a discipline in having something to aim for.
  • We can begin by saving for something small and then progress to saving for bigger and more expensive projects.

Further Help

  • If you find it difficult to break free from wrong money attitudes contact a counsellor and seek advice from trained professionals.
  • Talk to your bank and loan consolidators.

Gamblers Anonymous Australia

Men’s Line Australia

Australian Government’s Money Smart – Consolidating & Refinancing Debts

Search for a counsellor near you at – Australian Counselling Association website.

or talk to your GP who can point you in the right direction.