Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life - A Lenten Reflection



Jesus clearly points out in John 11:25 that "I am the Resurrection and the Life, whoever believes in me will live, even after death". Taking the words of Jesus himself, we must make this our life motto. You see, we live in a world that is filled with so much desires of the flesh that we, as humans, have lost our passion and zeal for what matters the most and that is Jesus Christ.
As I have mentioned in my past Lenten reflections, the season of Lent is about renewal. In this season, we are given a second chance to recommit our covenant with Jesus Christ. Now that we have are almost towards the end of our Lenten Journey and the start of our Easter celebrations, we must do one thing - we must die to our former selves in order to rise to new life with Christ Jesus, as St. Paul states in the letter to the Romans.
The Easter Triduum must be a journey for each one us. On Holy Thursday, we are called to 'eat' with Jesus, Good Friday we are called to 'die' with him and on Gloria Saturday night, we are called to 'rise' out of the tomb with him and start our new life with him.
What does 'dying of ourselves' mean? It simply means to leave behind our old habits and start anew and the Easter season is a perfect opportunity for us to do just that. These bad habits may include addictions, ignorance and lack of forgiveness to name a few. As Jesus gave Lazarus a second chance to life by resurrecting him, he is also giving us that same opportunity. We just have to cease the moment!
Neglecting ourselves from this new life means to not progress with Jesus. Sure we live in a carnal world, but that does not mean we must give in to the sins of our society. When we rise to new life with Jesus, he equips us with his Holy Spirit to be a light in the midst of all darkness that is around us.
While it will be a difficult to fight the temptations of falling back into our former bad habits, we are urged to call on the Holy Spirit of Jesus because he promises us that 'He is with us'. Once we have acknowledged Jesus as the Resurrection and the Life, we will all be saved even after death.
So as we journey towards our the Easter Celebrations, may we be open to entering into the tomb with him and rising out with him. Glory to God!

--B. Durham, 2014

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  1. WATER BAPTISM-IMMERSION, SPRINKLING OR POURING?

    What is the meaning of water baptism? Is it immersion in water? Is it being sprinkled with water? Is it having water poured on a person? Is it all three?

    The Greek word baptizo was not translated into English, in most translations. Baptizo was transliterated into English as baptize. The definition of transliterate is; to change letters, words, etc. into corresponding characters of another alphabet or language.

    I am going to quote from a translation that translates the Greek word baptizo into English. THE BETTER VERSION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT BY CHESTER ESTES (TBVOTNT)

    Matthew 3:16 And when Jesus was immersed, he went up from the water, and, behold, immediately the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and resting upon him.

    There is no translation that reads-Jesus was sprinkled or poured.

    Acts 8:38 Then he commanded the chariot to stand still; and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he immersed him.

    There is no translation that reads-he sprinkled or poured him.

    Acts 2:38 The Peter said unto them, Let each of you repent and be immersed, in the name of Jesus Christ, in order to the remission of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    There is nor translation that reads-repent and be sprinkled or poured.

    Acts 10:47 Can any one forbid water, that these should not be immersed, who received the Holy Spirit , even as we did.

    There is no translation that reads-that these should not be sprinkled or poured.

    Galatians 3:27 For as many of you have been immersed into Christ, have put on Christ.

    There is no translation that reads-have been sprinkled or poured into Christ.

    Romans 6:4 We were, therefore, buried with him by immersioninto that death; that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, thus we also should walk in newness of life.

    There is no translation that reads- buried with him by sprinkling or pouring.

    Colossians 2:12 Having been buried with him by immersion, by which also you were raised up with him, through the belief of the strong working of God, who raised him from the dead.

    There is no translation that reads-buried with him by sprinkling or pouring.

    1 Peter 3:20-21.....to safety by water. 21 The like figure, in which immersion does, also, now save us (not a putting away of the filth of the flesh, but seeking of a good conscience toward God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ;

    There is no translation that reads- to safety by water. The like figure which is sprinkling or pouring.

    Acts 14:4 Paul then said to them, John immersed with the immersion of repentance, saying to the people that they should should believe on him who would come after him, that is, Jesus.

    There is no translation that reads-John sprinkled or poured with the sprinkling or pouring of repentance.

    Matthew 28:19 Go you, therefore, making disciples of all nations, immersing them into the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit;

    There is no translation that reads-sprinkling or pouring them into the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    Mark 16:16 He who has believed, and has been immersed, will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

    There is no translation that reads-and has been sprinkled or poured, will be saved.

    BAPTIZE MEANS IMMERSION AS TRANSLITERATED FROM THE GREEK WORD BAPTIZO.

    BAPTIZO TRANSLATED FROM THE GREEK MEANS IMMERSION.

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