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a_cross_of_candle_lightThe word ‘Easter’ is used by the Acts. 12:4 “When he was arrested, he put him in prison four teams, each consisting of four soldiers. The point is, that after Easter he exposed them to the public. “For the annual commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus; Modern English version chose the word Passover. Easter soon became a major celebration of the early church, and in the 3rd century, the celebration was preceded by a night guard. At dawn, they were already prepared to be baptized; all receive Holy Communion.

Until the 4th century AD there was no celebration of Good Friday as a warning of its own. Sometimes Easter, like the Christian Easter, celebrated on the 14th of Nisan, the Jewish celebration date, ie on weekdays or Sundays.
For some time it continued in Asia Minor. Those who carry out this practice is called “Quarto decimans”. In Rome, and 160 M, no celebration is held on the Sunday after the Jewish Passover. Allegedly, most of the 1 Peter was initially prepared as part of the Easter sermon in Rome, when there are people who will receive the baptism (1 Pet 3:21). “And you are now saved by metaphor, namely baptism – the purpose is not to clean the impurities of the body, but the pledge of a good conscience to God – through the resurrection of Jesus Christ”.

Jewish annual feast held on the 14th of Nisan, commemorating the events of the rescue at the output of Egypt. The celebration was probably before the time of Israel in Canaan as an agricultural fair in the first month of each year, the party was absorbed into the life and worship of the Hebrews who entered the country. There seems to be evidence of record regarding the celebration of the merger, when it is said that the Israelites entered the land of Canaan after Easter party maintains it (Joshua 5:10) “While camping at Gilgal, the Israelites celebrated the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month, at the time evening, in the plains of Jericho “, and the next day eat fruit of the land (Joshua 5:11)” Then on the day after Passover they eat fruit of the land, the unleavened bread and wheat bertih, on the same day “.

Easter is central to the Christian faith very fundamental / basic. Until the 4th century church did not celebrate Christmas. Although the church often does not celebrate Easter on a large scale events such as Christmas, but Easter is actually the most frequent warning church each week (in the Sunday service, where the church commemorating the Resurrection of Christ – on the first day every Sunday).

The real experience of the Christian church during the 19th century echoed the belief that Jesus was resurrected. The proof is obvious. The tomb is empty, and no one was able to find his dead body. More than one month later (for about 6 weeks), the students continue to meet the living Jesus. Hallucinations are not going to happen this way! None of all the evidence that mean something, unless Christ is risen. So for the disciples, the risen Christ is not imaginary. They tirelessly proclaim his resurrection in the face of humiliation, torture and even death.

All four Gospels also, gives a very clear emphasis on the death and resurrection of Jesus. Matthew records four times Lord notification of his death, while Mark and Luke each recorded three times. Although John only recorded one-time notification of the death of his Lord, but the preparation of the gospel of discourse itself gives special emphasis on the death of the Lord Jesus. Of the 21 chapters, ten final chapter is a record of events that occurred in the last week before Christ was crucified. Compare with the first eleven chapters covering 33 years of his life. Not surprisingly, there is a conclusion that the four Gospels is actually a history of misery, death and resurrection of Jesus are written with preliminary data are a bit long.

Once the importance of the resurrection of Jesus, so that the early Church as central to make Easter Christian celebrations. Even before the year 313, the Church knows only one Christian celebration, which is Easter. After 313 years, the Church knows the celebration of Christmas. In the development of time, more and more Christmas festive. That trend lasting until now.
Every year we celebrate Christmas and Easter, but if any such celebration has brought us to the life of Jesus as a real experience? Faith in the risen Jesus.

For I was dead by the law for the law, so that I may live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live, yet no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:19-20)

This era is not only sinful era, but that era was partying with sin. It should cry to see sin, but in fact there is no more shame.
Jesus willingly suffered and death so terrible for us. It appropriate that we respond by living for yourself? Life of self indulgence? Would you die for yourself?

The doctrine of union with Christ
Apostle Paul and John often use this concept in their writings. The phrase “in the Lord” (en Kyrio) or “in Him” ​​(en auto) appears 164 times in Paul’s letters. (G. Adolf Deissmann).

– For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. (Romans 6:5)
– Because his death is death to sin, once and for ever, and his life is a life for God. (Romans 6:10)
– Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
(Romans 6:11)
– He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. (1 John 2:6)

Paul certainly say that a Christian is someone who is struggling, in every day life, to make more real and actual and what it looks and assured him ideally and potentially through communion with Jesus Christ … His relationship with Christ, binding him. It is a fact, but also a duty. It is a present reality, but also an ideal draw him … “Are you in Christ?” Said Paul to the believers. “If so be the person truly in Christ.”
(A Man in Christ, James Stewart)

Union with Christ is planned from eternity and is set to continue eternally. Therefore, unity is what makes the Christian life we ​​mean, happy and victorious. While in this world, we are travelers and strangers in this world, but Christ lives in us forever. Christ not only died on the cross, He lives in our hearts, now and forever.

Life has changed / updated (Romans 6:10; Galatians 2:19-20)
The old has gone, the new has come. Away from sin and live for God. The resurrection of Christ is the victory, which proves that sin has lost its power. Have you been experiencing this victory. We will be able to experience victory by coming to Him, submit fully to Him. Living in faith is a continuous struggle. Updates will be experienced through obedience to Jesus (through the power of the Word and the Holy Spirit).

In the prayers of the prison (Ephesians 1:15-23; 3:4-21; Philippians 1:9-11; Col. 1:9-12), we often find the blessings that Paul desired that enjoyed by the people believe. In his prayers, Paul does not ask things that are material. The emphasis is on the spiritual vision and the nature of true believers. Paul did not ask God to give them what they do not have, but pray that God will reveal to believers, what they already have.

Ephesians 1:18-20 says;
And the eyes of your heart so that he may make the light, so that you may know the hope embodied in his calling: how rich an inheritance of glory for His saints, and how great his power for us who believe, according to the mighty power her, which he wrought in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in heaven,

That power can be seen in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, people measure the power of God through His creation (Isa 40:12-28) or through the miracles at the time of the Israelites out of Egypt (Jer 16:14). But now we measure the power of God through the miracle of the resurrection of Christ. In this passage, Paul says that the power of God who raised Christ is the same Authorization granted and work in the believer. The greatness of the supernatural power of God, which is owned and available in the believer. The power of this is that Paul missed, realized and experienced by every believer.

We realize that the power of God the Most Great, it is for us who believe? That power is not a fantasy, not a dream, but the reality is expressed in the lives of believers. That power we receive when we believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior personally. Where it should be, the power of an impact in the lives of believers, Power of Attorney which brings to life that is increasingly run in victory over sin which is (power to gain more and more victory over sin remaining in or lives). And Authorization to preach the gospel, and serve the kingdom of God (the power for ministry in the work for the kingdom).

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