An Easter Message

By Brian Massie, Citizen Journalist, Christian

Thank you to a Lorain County Christian for sending the video and timeline to us.

May all people start to read, or continue to read the Bible, so that the revealed Word of God can shine the light of truth into this world of darkness that is enveloping us.

A Short Timeline:
The Word Became Flesh
John Chapter 1: 1 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2  He was with God in the beginning. 3  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome [a] it. 6  There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7  He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8  He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9  The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10  He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12  Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13  children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.


John 3:16
16  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not
perish but have eternal life. 17  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to
save the world through him. 18  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe
stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19  This
is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their
deeds were evil. 20  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that
their deeds will be exposed. 21  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen
plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

The Death of Jesus – Matthew 27: 45-65
45  From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46  About three in the afternoon
Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, [ c ] lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why
have you forsaken me?”).
47  When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.” 48  Immediately one of
them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink.
49  The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”
50  And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. 51  At that moment the curtain of
the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52  and the tombs broke
open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53  They came out of the tombs
after Jesus’ resurrection and [e] went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

54  When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had
happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”
55  Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for
his needs. 56  Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph,


The Burial of Jesus

57  As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself
become a disciple of Jesus. 58  Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given
to him. 59  Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60  and placed it in his own new tomb that
he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.
61  Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

The Guard at the Tomb
62  The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63  “Sir,”
they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64  So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”
65  “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66  So they went and
made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

Matthew 28: 1-8
Jesus Has Risen

28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to
look at the tomb.
2  There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb,
rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3  His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as
snow. 4  The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5  The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7  Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
8  So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9  Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10  Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go
to Galilee; there they will see me.

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Thanks to Steve for this picture…



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