NBC Aires A.D. The Bible Continues, Follow Up to The Bible Series

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NBC is airing a mini series called A.D. The Bible Continues. Picking up where The Bible left off, this new 12 episode series focuses on the events that took place following Jesus’ death and resurrection.

The first episode, which premiered on April 5 (Easter day!), covers Jesus’ crucifixion, and the confusion felt by many over the events surrounding His death. Episode 1 also covers the time between when He died and when He rose again, winding things up with an angel rolling away the stone from the tomb. It hits the main highlights, as well as a number of the details, of what Scripture says took place.  In addition, it gives us a glimpse as to what might have been going through the heads of some of those who played a part in the story.

There is some use of poetic license to add drama and build suspense (for example, some of the scenes and dialogue didn’t come directly from the Bible, though they were centered around the story line set forth in God’s Word). However, the first episode of A.D. The Bible Continues presents the story of the cross quite accurately, in a way that engages without detracting from the main message – what our Savior did for us.

It’s exciting to see Bible stories coming to life on public tv! This world DESPERATELY NEEDS the message of the gospel, and television can and should be able to provide another avenue for them to receive it. In the midst of all of the tv shows and movies to be found that are filled with bad language and negative content that send the wrong message, it’s really cool to see a series that draws attention to God’s Word!

Have you seen the first episode of A.D. The Bible Continues? Do you plan to tune in and watch the rest of the series?

Prophecies of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

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In the Old Testament, there are many prophecies that have to do with Jesus, and what He would accomplish while here on this earth. Prophets foretold specifics about His death and resurrection hundreds of years before He was even born, offering proof that He is indeed God’s Son, who came to save us. Check out these prophecies about the events of the Easter story, and see where they were fulfilled in the New Testament!

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Celebrate Jesus All Year Long

Celebrate Jesus All Year LongEaster is the time of year when we celebrate Jesus, and all that He’s accomplished for us, in coming to earth, dying at for our sins, and rising again. We rejoice in the fact that because of all that He’s done, we can become God’s children (John 1:12), and receive eternal life (John 3:16).

We celebrate Jesus at Easter, but sometimes, throughout the year, it’s easy to lose sight of His finished work, and all that it means for us. Perhaps we get so caught up in the busyness and cares of this life that we begin to lose sight of all that He’s done for us. Maybe our friends or families, or the people at our workplace, aren’t believers, and we’re constantly surrounded by those who don’t know or haven’t accepted the good news of the gospel. Whatever the reason, once Easter is finished, we often shift our focus away from the One whom it is all about, and whose sacrifice for us gives us something to rejoice over no matter what the season.

The good news of what Christ has done for us, however, is so much bigger than just one day of the year. The gospel is power of God for the saving of all who believe (Romans 1:16), which alone contains the ability to affect true life change. It is all because of Jesus that we, who have sinned, can approach an holy God, and be accepted by Him, regardless of our actions, and qualified to receive all of His blessings. It is through the love and grace that God, because of Jesus, can now show us, that our deepest longings can be truly satisfied. It is by believing in Him, and accepting what He has done for us, that we can someday spend eternity with our Heavenly Father.

Though Easter is over, our celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and all that He’s accomplished for us, doesn’t have to be. Hebrews 12:2 bids us to fix our eyes upon Him, without specifying a particular day or time of year. Let’s continue to rejoice in our Savior’s finished work all year long!

Happy Resurrection (Mon)day!

Linking this post up to Monday’s Musings at What Joy Is Mine

He Is Risen

He Is RisenJohn 20 speaks of Jesus’ resurrection, and Him appearing to Mary Magdalene at the tomb, as well as to His disciples. It proclaims the glad tidings that He is risen!

Early in the morning on first day of the week, Mary Magdalene went to visit the tomb, and saw that the stone had been removed. She ran to tell Peter and John about this, then stood outside the tomb, weeping. She saw two angels who asked her why she was crying, to which she responded that Jesus had been taken away, and she didn’t know where they had put Him. At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. She went and told the disciples the good news that she had seen Him.

Perhaps you’re asking yourself the question “What does Jesus’ resurrection mean for me, over 2,000 years after it occurred?” Here are a few of the ways that the resurrection affects our lives today:

  • Jesus died for our sins, and was raised for our justification (Romans 4:25). At the cross, He took our sins upon Himself, paying the price for them, which was death (Romans 6:23). His resurrection  proclaims the fact that our sins have been completely and effectively dealt with, and that there remains nothing left for us to do but to receive the forgiveness that God offers to us.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:14 proclaims that one died for all, and therefore all died. Because Jesus took our place at the cross, His death was our death. We have been raised with Him (Colossians 3:1). We were once dead in our transgressions, but we have been made alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:4-5)!
  • After Jesus rose again and ascended to heaven, He sat down at the right hand of God as our high priest (Hebrews 8:1). In the Old Testament, the high priest represented the people before God. In the same way, Christ represents us before God today. Our identity is found in Him. Because we are in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17), God views us as He views Jesus – completely loved, accepted, and cherished, with unshakable right standing before Him.

This Easter, may you rejoice in the knowledge that our Savior is risen. May God give you an even greater revelation of all that His death and resurrection mean for you today. Have a wonderful and Happy Resurrection Day!

Happy Resurrection Day!

He Laid Down His Life For You

He Laid Down His Life For YouJohn 18 is all about Jesus being arrested and tried before the high priest and Pontius Pilate, as well as Peter’s denial of Him.

In John 18:4, Jesus asked the chief priests and Pharisees, who had come with Judas to arrest Him, who is was that they wanted. When they responded that they had come for Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus told them “I am he (John 18:5).” Upon hearing Him say these words, they drew back and fell to the ground. Again He asked them who they wanted, and they replied the same. Jesus told them that it was him that they were looking for, and to let the others go. When Peter chopped off one of the men’s ear, Jesus stopped any more such doings. He was then arrested, and taken before the high priest.

Jesus allowed Himself to be arrested and nailed to the cross out of His great love for us. He is the good shepherd, who laid down His life for us, His sheep (John 10:15). John 10:18 says that He laid it down of His own accord. He willingly gave His life for us, that we might be saved. Because of His amazing affection for us, He paid the price to redeem us. For our transgressions, He was pierced. He was chastened for our peace. We are healed by His stripes (Isaiah 53:5). He became poor that we might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). Through Him, we have been reconciled to our Heavenly Father
(2 Corinthians 5:18-19). Let’s praise our Savior for willingly laying down His life for us!

“I lay down my life for you. This is the moment when all will be made new . . . Arms stretched out upon this tree to show true love, to set you free.”

All That He Has Done

All That He Has DoneEaster is the time when we celebrate Jesus, and all that He has done for us. We know that He came to earth, died, and rose again, but how could something that happened over 2,000 years ago affect our lives today? What does the Easter story really mean?

When we begin to understand all that Jesus accomplished for us through His death and resurrection, and all that they mean for us today, the Easter season takes on a whole new meaning. It becomes more than just a holiday, but rather a time to remember the greatest act of love and sacrifice ever to take place. It becomes a time of rejoicing in God’s plan of salvation. It becomes a time to remember our Savior, and give thanks to Him.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will take a closer look at what Christ has accomplished for us, and how His death and resurrection still affect our lives today. Come join us as we discover all that He has done!

“You lived. You died. You rose again on high. You opened a way for the world to live again. Hallelujah for all you’ve done!”

Call Out To Jesus

Call Out To JesusWeek 11 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearing its end. This week’s reading was Luke 20-24. These chapters speak mainly of some of Jesus’ encounters with the religious leaders, His words to His disciples regarding the end times, the last supper, all that He suffered on our behalf, His death, and His resurrection.

Luke 23:23 & 39-43 informs us that two criminals were crucified with Jesus, one of whom mocked and insulted Him. The other criminal rebuked the one who was making fun of Jesus, saying that while they deserved their punishment, Jesus had done nothing wrong. Then he asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His kingdom. Jesus’ response was to tell the criminal that he would be with Him in paradise.

How could Jesus respond to him in such a way? The criminal couldn’t make any amends for the crime for which he was being crucified. He had no time left to change his way of living, and begin living a better lifestyle. He was hanging on a cross, nearing the end of his life. All he could do was depend on Jesus, trusting that He would remember him, in accordance with his request.

That was all he needed to do. That is all any of us can do – place our trust completely in Christ, relying on Him, and Him alone, for our salvation. We can’t do anything to save ourselves. No amount of good deeds can purchase for us a relationship with God, for it is by grace, and through faith, that we are saved (Ephesians 2:8).

When the criminal asked Jesus to remember him, did Jesus turn him away? By no means! Instead, He assured the criminal that he would be with Him in paradise that very day. Though the criminal could do nothing for himself but call out to Jesus, our Savior met him where he was at. The same is true of us today, for Romans 5:6 says it was while we were still helpless that Christ died for us.

Jesus promised in John 6:37 that He will never drive away those who come to Him. No matter what point you may be at in life, call out to Jesus. Come to Him today, assured of His love and acceptance.

Be sure to join us next week as we wrap up the Names of Jesus series!