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He was raised just as He said He would be.

Matthew 28:5-6  (The Voice)  The messenger spoke to the women, to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary.
Messenger of the Lord: Don’t be afraid. I know you are here keeping watch for Jesus who was crucified. But Jesus is not here. He was raised, just as He said He would be. Come over to the grave, and see for yourself. 
I was touched by Dr. Steve Wende's Easter sermon. He said, "This world needs Easter like it hasn't in a long time. There are guns pointing everywhere. Bombs in Brussels. Bombs in politics. There may be a big gun pointing at your health, family, finances, job and you're worried about how you'll deal with it."
Easter isn't the end of the story
Whatever guns are pointing at you:   Learn to abide in the Lord and get your power from Him. Don't look to the wrong sources for your power. Psyching yourself up and your best efforts aren't good enough. Ask Him for constant power and true purpose. Grow a soul good for eternity. Those that Jesus touc…

It is not over after Easter

After Resurrection:  The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven.
Luke 24:50-53  Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 
While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 
And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God. 
Acts 1:6-11  So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 
And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 
And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand…

Jesus Is Buried - late evening

Mark 15:42-47

It was now the evening before the Sabbath, and the Jewish people were getting ready for that sacred day. A man named Joseph from Arimathea was brave enough to ask Pilate for the body of Jesus. Joseph was a highly respected member of the Jewish council, and he was also waiting for God’s kingdom to come.

Pilate was surprised to hear that Jesus was already dead, and he called in the army officer to find out if Jesus had been dead very long. After the officer told him, Pilate let Joseph have Jesus' body.

Joseph bought a linen cloth and took the body down from the cross. He had it wrapped in the cloth, and he put it in a tomb that had been cut into solid rock. Then he rolled a big stone against the entrance to the tomb.

Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph were watching and saw where the body was placed.

Good Friday

Mark 15:25-26, 33-34, 37-39

His crucifixion began about nine o’clock in the morning. 
Over His head hung a sign that indicated the charge for which He was being crucified. It read, “THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
At noon, the day suddenly darkened for three hours across the entire land. 
Sometime around three o’clock Jesus called out in a loud voice.Jesus: Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?Jesus was speaking, as in the psalms, “My God, My God, why have You turned Your back on Me?” 
Then Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and He took His last breath. 
At that moment, the curtain in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 
When the officer who stood facing Jesus saw how he gave up his spirit, he said, “Certainly, this man was the Son of God!” 
Good Friday

My Divine Notes: Great reasons NOT to swear

Matthew  5:33  You know that God expects us to abide by the oaths we swear and the promises we make.  Don't swear by heaven ...