Why Do We Commemorate A Death? That Others Deny?


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Atheists are quick to point out that we honor death.  Muslims are quick to point out that Jesus didn’t die on the cross.  So why do we honor a death so severe that it’s unconscionable for many today to understand?

We are entering into a time that man has set for honoring the very crux of our Christian Faith.  The Crucifixion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Many denominations have begun with Ash Wednesday.  I was raised Baptist so I don’t really understand the liturgical significance of Lent.  I have a lay person’s understanding.  I wish to concentrate on the significance of this time. I’m sure our other authors will write about this.   I and others here have written extensively on the symbols of paganism intertwined in Easter.  That is not what this post is about.

This post is about the significance especially in today’s world where it is popular to say that those such as Islam, believe in the same God because they believe in Jesus.  What they fail to mention is that they believe in a different Jesus.  One that was born of a virgin, but was not the son of God, nor did he die on the cross.  And many, many Christians believe this links us to the same God.  Despite scripture saying it does not.  In fact scripture tells us that if you deny the Christ, which means if you deny that Jesus is the Messiah or one with the Father you are anti-christ.  And do not worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob but worship the father of lies.

This time of year always draws me to the beginning, when Christ knew what his fulfillment would be.  As a Baptist our season of remembrance was kicked off with Palm Sunday.  Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey.  Which this year is on April 9th.  It’s impossible to tell from all the changes man has made from calendars and dates the exact date which Christ’s sacrifice manifested.  But it begins with His triumphant entry as King.  And I might add, prophecy also culminates with His triumphant re-entry to earth.

Matthew 21:

And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,

Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.

And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.

All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,

Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

What joy this brought to the people of Jerusalem, the people of the world, but many rejected Him, they rejected the cornerstone of our faith, and they still reject Him today.  As we begin this Holy celebration let us remember what it is we celebrate.  We celebrate the gift and ultimate sacrifice made by God in His Son, Jesus Christ.  You see Israel sacrificed to forgive sins.  God gave His Son as the ultimate and last sacrifice made to mankind and left it up to us whether or not we accept and recognize this.  If we accept, we are in the Kingdom of God, if we deny than we are in the kingdom of darkness.  The choice is ours.

 

Jesus in reality gave us this time also to remember Him, not in words that we celebrate a certain time or date, but He gave us a sacrament to honor him, with a warning about those who betray Him as Judas did.

Luke 22

 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:

16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:

18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.

19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

21 But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.

22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!

So we begin to see the only time honored, sanctioned covenant given us by our Savior.  We don’t really need to wait for man’s time to celebrate this.  He said “Do this in remembrance of me.”  He said this was a new covenant He gave to us.  The covenant covered by His shed blood on the cross.  His blood covered our sins, as the sacrificial animals of ancient Israel covered Israel’s sins.  Yet we, to this day deny this covenant in our deeds and politically correct language of today.  Even some of  the Ash Wednesday celebrations in some denominations,  began this year with mixing of glitter into the ashes meant to recognize homosexuality.  Hard to believe isn’t it.  Even this remembrance is desecrated with paganism.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year’s Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”.(Wikipedia )

So to see the mixing of pagan rituals taking colors of the rainbow (God’s promise to man) and desecrating even an event meant to honor the Savior is a shock.   Glitter in the ashes??

If you fast, remember to not only fast from food, but from the world views.  Turn away from the denial and betrayal’s of Christ prevalent in our world today.

Regardless the twisting of doctrine and the pagan rituals, we are entering into a Holy Time of Remembrance for our entire Gospel, eternity and Faith center around this time.  The Death, and Resurrection of our Savior, Yeshua.  Let us not forget this, our eternity depends on this.  Thank you Father for the gift of your Son, may we always remember, and Praise you, may we always uphold the promises of this sacrifice and keep it Holy, untinged by the color and belief of the  world, and the pagan beliefs of man.  Let us always unite at this time as Jesus did with the disciples and look up to the Throne where our King resides.  He lives!!!  And He is returning!!

 



Categories: Advocacy, anti-christ, attacks on Christianity, Christian misconceptions, Commentary by CJ, gospel of Christ, propaganda, Prophecy

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2 replies

  1. A comment from Sr. Judith Hannah:

    Dear C.J.,

    You have CERTAINLY shared a lot of truth in this article, truth that ALL professing Christians need to lay to heart.

    Pagans have always imitated, mocked, and tried to usurp the SERIOUS seasons set apart for The LORD.

    As a matter of fact, even the word “easter” is a PAGAN WORD.

    The KJV translators inserted it into Acts 12:4 — the only place it is found in the New Testament — in spite of the fact that the GREEK word is “PASCHA” ( Passover ) in Acts 12:4.

    The CONTEXT of the passage is that “these were the days of unleavened bread” (Acts 12:3 ).

    Herod had slain James, the brother of John, and seeing that the killing pleased the people, he took Peter also, intending to “bring him out — to be slain — after PASCHA”.

    However, The LORD had OTHER PLANS FOR THE APOSTLE PETER ! Herod’s sword did not win.

    The PASSOVER , the Pascha, was initiated in the month of ABIB at the Passover in Egypt. That was supposed to be the BEGINNING of the Year for all the people of GOD.

    ABIB was in the spring of the year, thus LENT is traced back to the German word which simply means “SPRING” , too. Over the years, the CHURCH absorbed the term, and used the term “LENT” to signify the remembrance of the Passion of CHRIST which occurred in the springtime of the year.

    As far as I could find, the observance was written about in the 6th century in some ancient liturgical writing , I think, from the Roman Catholic liturgy.

    Now, before we all react in horror . . .

    we must keep in mind that the EARLY CHURCH, PRE-NICENE CHURCHES , all used liturgies in their worship services. They were NOT informal, unstructured “prayer meetings” that we love so well in some Christian circles.

    The EARLY CHURCH, remember, was first conducted by the JEWISH CHRISTIANS who followed JESUS. Some of the Apostles would yet go to the Temple in Jerusalem during the hours of prayer. So… the Early Church adapted the JEWISH LITURGICAL WORSHIP pattern to worship the JEWISH MESSIAH+, CHRIST JESUS.

    Our KINGDOM+ has to have a “calendar” to mark our special days of Remembrance. The world certainly has its own calendar, to which we have all been by necessity affixed if we worked in the public. If we Christians reject —- and WE DO REJECT IT — the world’s time frame, then we are left with nothing but the “natural seasons” of the year as our calendar.

    In the ancient doctrine of the TWO KINGDOMS, it is only natural that we Followers of Messiah+ should have our own calendar because we serve a DIFFERENT KING in a DIFFERENT KINGDOM with a DIFFERENT TIME FRAME … just like the JEWS had the Old Testament Parochial Calendar of Feasts and Holy Days. They were a separated people no matter WHERE they lived and their calendar helped them to maintain that separation and witness to the world.

    We, too , are a separated people … indeed , a PECULIAR PEOPLE separated unto GOD.

    We keep the GREAT — and final — PASSOVER as a Remembrance of Our LORD’S great sacrifice and death.

    True, the actual DATE is not discernable, but everyone on earth knows WHEN SPRING-TIME ARRIVES !

    The LENTEN season of 40 days is truly a Church TRADITION … and as SOME have pointed out in truth, it is NOT a tradition found in the New Testament . The 40 days are arbitrarily picked to reflect The LORD’S great Temptations that HE+ endured in the Wilderness , or the Flood during Noah’s time, or the 40 years of wilderness wandering of the Jews.

    Yet, if the Lenten season CAN BE USED to call Christians to a season of deep Repentance … if it can be used to remind us of the mortality of man … if it can be used to help our busy ones to RE-FOCUS for a few weeks , putting their minds on CHRIST JESUS and His+ sacrifice for our sins… it is FRUITFUL.

    The glittering pagans who call themselves by any other name are STILL PAGANS. They have not part nor parcel with the Followers of CHRIST JESUS any more than those ministers who denounced Brother Franklin Graham for islam’s sake.

    But CHRISTIANS who are following CHRIST JESUS out of a sincere desire to draw closer to HIM+ need ALL THE HELP THEY CAN FIND. All the support we are able to give each other in a CALL TO DRAW CLOSER TO CHRIST, we need to do.

    And we need to do it SOON, before the night cometh, when no man can work.

    A daily remembrance of WHAT our sins have cost HIM+ helps to sober the Body of CHRIST. A daily submitting of our bodies to SOME kind of fasting helps us to realize how great the struggle to obey is … and how JESUS CHRIST faced much greater struggles for us in HIS+ Perfect Obedience.

    Thus, we can KNOW it by its fruit.

    May The LORD bless those of a sincere heart who wish to set aside this season of Remembrance in some way… whether 40 days, 14 days, or 7.

    Sowing to the SPIRIT ALWAYS PRODUCES FRUIT.

    In Christian love to you, dear Sister. A good post.

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