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D is for death and disciples

My posts for the A to Z Challenge this year are all about the Easter Story, recorded in 4 books of the New Testament: the Gospels. Image in sidebar links to Theme Reveal post.

Image in sidebar or below post links to Theme reveal

For this year’s A to Z challenge I am highlighting some important words from the Easter story. Jesus’ death on the cross (Letter C) occurred on a Friday during the festival of Passover. The account of his death is given in all four gospels. Matthew 27 :45-50 , Mark 15:25-37Luke 23:44-46 and John 19:28-30
Passover was a time associated with the death of sacrificial lambs. The Jewish festival remembers the exodus, the time that the people of Israel escaped from slavery in Egypt. I mentioned it in my post for the Letter B.

Jesus Christ is known as the Lamb of God. He gave his life as a sacrifice for the sin of the world. The writer to the Hebrews explains the difference between Christ’s sacrifice of himself and the sacrifice of lambs for atonement. Hebrews 7 
1 John 4:10 speaks of Jesus’ sacrifice.

Jesus was known as a teacher. The people, who listened to him, were his disciples. His closest followers are sometimes referred to as the twelve disciples. Other followers were also disciples. The word comes from the same route as discipline. It is about instruction and learning. Today Christians are Jesus’ disciples.

My Theme Reveal contains links to the Easter story in the New Testament.

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C is for Christ, cross, crucifixion and curtain

My posts for the A to Z Challenge this year are all about the Easter Story, recorded in 4 books of the New Testament: the Gospels. Image in sidebar links to Theme Reveal post.

Image in sidebar or below post links to Theme reveal

For this year’s A to Z challenge I am highlighting some important words from the Easter story.

Today’s words are all relevant to Good Friday, which this year falls on 10 April in the west and 17 April in the Eastern Church.

Christ is the Greek form of the Hebrew word Messiah, the promised one. The early followers of the teacher known as Jesus of Nazareth realised that he was the one spoken of by the prophets. Jesus did not deny this. Thus He is known as Jesus Christ.

During the Jewish festival of Passover, when the time in the history of the people of Israel, when they escaped from slavery in Egypt is remembered, Jesus Christ was put to death on a wooden cross. This barbaric method of execution was favoured by the Romans, who were occupying Israel. It was known as crucifixion.
The account of Jesus death is recorded in all four Gospels in the New Testament.

The Temple in Jerusalem had a curtain separating the inner part known as the Holy of Holies, where only the High Priest could enter, from the rest of the temple. At the time of Jesus death there were a number of strange events. Death is the word I have chosen for the letter D, so most of the events will be mentioned in that post. As curtain begins with C, I am including it here.

The curtain tore from top to bottom. Matthew 27:51

Christians believe that nothing prevents them from entering into the presence of God. No curtain is needed to protect people from God, everyone has access to Him in prayer.

My Theme Reveal contains links to the Easter story in the New Testament.

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B is for Body and Blood

My posts for the A to Z Challenge this year are all about the Easter Story, recorded in 4 books of the New Testament: the Gospels. Image in sidebar links to Theme Reveal post.

Image in sidebar or below post links to Theme reveal

In this series of posts I intend to highlight certain aspects of the Easter story. My post for A was about Angels, which come later in the Easter story than body and blood.

Easter is the Christian festival, which has connections with the Jewish Passover meal.
Jesus and his disciples had gone to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. (Exodus 12)

The way in which Jesus celebrated the Passover on the Thursday before he died was unusual. In the same way that the festival of Passover was instituted, Jesus instituted the Eucharist (also know as Mass or Holy Communion).

In Jesus teaching he had claimed to be the Bread of Life. John 6:35 

Taking the bread at the Passover meal He blessed it and shared it with his disciples, saying, ‘This is my Body, which is broken for you’. Similarly He invited them all to drink the wine from the cup he blessed saying, ‘This is my Blood, which is shed for you.’ (In Luke’s account, Luke 22:7-23 . There is less detail in the other Gospels.)

Matthew 26:26-27Mark 14:22-23 and Luke 22:19-20

My Theme Reveal contains links to the Easter story in the New Testament.