Saturday, April 18, 2020

Christian Trivia Question #17 - First Words

Happy Easter Everyone!  He is risen!

This question is about arguably one of the happiest moments of the Apostles' lives.  After Jesus rose from the dead on Easter morning, Mary Magdeline was the first to see the empty tomb.

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.

Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.            John 20:1-2

But Peter and John did not see Jesus at that time.  Later that first Easter Sunday, Jesus appeared to the Apostles when they were gathered together praying.

What were Jesus' first words to the Apostles after He rose from the dead?

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Christian Trivia Question #16 - The Empty Tomb

According to the Gospels, who was the 2nd named person to see the empty tomb on the first Easter?

Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Christian Trivia Question #15 - Almost Easter

Today begins a special period on the Christian calendar.  It marks 3 days that lead up to Easter Sunday - the pinnacle of our faith.  

Thursday:  The day Jesus gathered His disciples for the final time after 3 years of teaching and revealing God's will for all people.  This night Jesus would transform the Passover into the New Covenant in His Body and Blood.  He instructed them to "Do this in remembrance of Me." After the Last Supper, they went to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus asked them to pray.  Judas betrayed Him and His "trial" before the Jewish High Priest and authorities was underway. 

Good Friday:  Eventually, as the morning dawned, the Roman authority in Jerusalem (Pontius Pilot) acquiesced to the Jewish leaders' demand to crucify Him. He would offer Himself to the Father on the cross - the perfect sacrifice - as the final atonement for the sin of all mankind.  Our collective sin against God's perfection could only be atoned by a sacrifice of infinite value - His perfect life - which he willingly gave on our behalf. He was taken down before sundown and placed in a tomb provided by Joseph of Arimathea.  

Saturday:  A day that must have been a very sad and confusing day for His disciples. Peter says Jesus "went and preached to the spirits in prison" (those souls who had died in God's friendship awaiting their redemption in "the abode of the dead" or "Abraham's bosom" like Lazarus in the parable of the rich man). Creation was silent until the early morning light would change everything.

These 3 days solemn days leading up to the glorious day of Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday have been known by a Latin word for many centuries. 

So the question is.........What are these 3 days called?