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Week 9: Pastor Jeff's Thought of the Week, "On the Third Day Everything Changed Forever"

Week 9: Pastor Jeff's Thought of the Week, "On The Third Day Everything Changed Forever!"
Week of April 10, 2017

 

Today is Wednesday, April 12, 2017 and this very date is proof that on the third day when Jesus rose from the dead everything changed, including our calendar!  

“The terms anno Domini (AD) and before Christ (BC) are used to label or number years in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. The term anno Domini is Medieval Latin and means "in the year of the Lord", but is often translated as "in the year of our Lord". This calendar era is based on the traditionally reckoned year of the conception or birth of Jesus of Nazareth, with AD counting years from the start of this epoch, and BC denoting years before the start of the era. There is no year zero in this scheme, so the year AD 1 immediately follows the year 1 BC. This dating system was devised in 525 by Dionysius Exiguus of Scythia Minor, but was not widely used until after 800.””  ( Wikipedia Article “Anno  Domini)

 

Now let me ask you, if Jesus Christ had not risen from the dead on the third day after His crucifixion   would the calendar have changed?  For that matter, would any of us even know the name Jesus Christ if he had not risen from the dead?  Over the course of Israel’s history, more than three hundred individuals have claimed to be Israel’s Messiah.  Off the top of your head can you name any of them? I didn’t think so.  Do you know why you can’t name any of these people?  These Messiah-want-to-be’s, came teaching, making claims, and died and stayed dead.  So, they were forgotten.   But Jesus Christ came, did many miracles, taught like no other, and was crucified.  Yet in spite of all Jesus did and taught, I contend that if He had not risen from the dead He would may well be equally obscure as the rest of Israel’s other “messiah’s.”  But Jesus’ resurrection from the dead on the third day marked Him as totally different from those who preceded Him and followed after Him.  Jesus’ resurrection so identified Him as the God-Man, so verified Him as the one true Savior, that even the way we calendar time changed forever!  


The calendar change is just one of countless things that changed forever because of the Resurrection.  This Easter Sunday please join us at Mountain View Bible Church as we will be considering three spiritual realities that changed because of the third day and how these three changes can impact you this week and forever.   

 

Rejoicing in Him,

Pastor Jeff

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