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He is Not Here

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It was early Sunday morning and the Sabbath had passed. Some of His devoted disciples, including Mary Magdalene from whom He had cast out seven devils, came to His tomb to anoint His body. To their bewilderment, He was nowhere to be found. They discussed among themselves who would have moved the massive stone that blocked the entrance to where He was buried. As they pondered their dilemma, an angel appeared and offered the most pleasant and comforting words their ears could have heard: "He is risen; He is not here" (Mark 16:6). How excited they were, not only to hear those words of relief; but to go and tell the others, as was directed by the angel.

Those words, He is Risen, are enduring beyond His disciples broadest imaginations. They echo down through the ages along the corridors of salvation history. Calvary, the story of Jesus the Only Messiah, has forever changed the course of human history. Unlike any other in the annals of the human family, Jesus' Passion, as it is called, has transformed more hearts, changed unnumbered societies and has impacted the full spectrum of the human family like none other has. The reverberations of those words uttered by the angel continue to be felt today, almost 2000 years later. But, how many understand their  true meaning? Read more.
 

...And Coming Again, Soon

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Calvary is not the end of the story. In fact, the story never ends. For the Messiah Himself has offered even more comforting words and has assuredly promised, "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also (John 14:1-3). The Apostle Paul describes that event thus, "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13). John the Revelator expounds on the Savior's promise, "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away (Revelation 21:4).

It has been referred to as the faithful's greatest hope. From the prophets and patriarchs of old, to the early church, to the protestant reformers, to believers today; the visible, literal and glorious appearing of Jesus Christ back to planet earth continues to be their most cherished expectation. 
Here's why.

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Tammy Barney

2 Chronicles 7:14                

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
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