Happy Easter - A Special Message to Lift Your Faith!

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    The Passion and Faith of the Disciples and the Death of Jesus ......



    1. Matthew: Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, Killed by a sword wound.
    2. Mark: Died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being dragged by horses through the streets until he was dead.
    3. Luke: Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost.
    4 John: Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in a huge basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution In Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered from death. John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of Patmos. He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos. The apostle John was later freed and returned to serving a Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey. He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully <3 never forget that John was "Beloved Disciple!" <3
    5. Peter: He was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. According to church tradition, it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die In the same way that Jesus Christ had died.
    6. James; The leader of the church in Jerusalem, was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller's club. ><> This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.
    7. James the Great Son of Zebedee, was a fisherman by trade when Jesus called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was ultimately beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.
    8. Bartholomew: Furthermore, known as Nathaniel was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in the present Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.
    9. Andrew: He was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patros, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers, they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led to the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: 'I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.' He continued to preach to his tormentors. For two more days; and then he died!
    10. Thomas: Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Sub-continent.
    11. Jude: Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.
    12. Matthias: The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.
    13. Paul: Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the
    Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundational Doctrines of Christianity, from a large portion of the New Testament. Perhaps this is a reminder to us that our sufferings, here are indeed
    minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the apostles and disciples during their times for the sake of the Faith. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: But he that endure to the end shall be saved.

    ><> Never forget: Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that God WILL! <><

    ><> The Death of Jesus <><

    For the next 60 seconds, set aside whatever you're doing and take this opportunity to inwardly reflect on what you are about to read. And let's see if Satan can stop this.

    THE (SCIENTIFIC) DEATH OF JESUS - At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to death. At the time, Crucifixion was the "worst" death a man could possibly face. Only the worst. criminals were condemned to be crucified. Even so, it was even more dreadful for Jesus. Unlike other criminals condemned to death by Crucifixion, Jesus was to be nailed to the Cross by
    His hands and feet. Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long. The nails were driven into His wrist. Not i His palms as is commonly portrayed. There's a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder. The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the wrist that tendon
    would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself so that He could breathe.

    Both of His feet were nailed together. Thus He was forced to support Himself on the single nail that impaled His feet to the cross. Jesus could not support himself with His legs because of the pain, so He was forced to alternate between arching His back then using his legs just to continue to
    Breath. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage. Jesus endured this reality for over three hours.

    Yes! It was no less than three hours; 180 minutes! Can you imagine this kind of suffering? A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water from his wounds. From common images, we
    see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound to His side... But do we realize His wounds were actually made in his body. A hammer driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapped and an even large nail hammered through the arches, then a Roman guard piercing His side with a spear. Nevertheless, before the nails and the spear, Jesus was whipped and beaten.

    Prior to going to the hill and being nailed to the cross, He took a terrible, near death type of beating for you and I ...The whipping was so severe that it tore the flesh from His body. The beating so horrific that His face was torn, and his beard ripped from His face. The Crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp. Most men would not have survived this torture. " He had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His wounds. The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters (just less than a gallon) of blood. Jesus poured all 3.5 liters of his blood; He had three nails hammered into His members; a crown of thorns on His head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His chest...All these without mentioning the humiliation. He suffered after carrying His own cross for almost 2 kilometers, while a hostile crowd lined both sides of the narrow streets, H carried the cross down, spat in His face and threw stones (the cross was almost 30 kg of weight, only for its higher part, where His hands were nailed). Jesus had to endure this experience, to open the Gates of Heaven,

    And why did He go through all of this?The whipping. The humiliation of carrying a cross while hostile, hateful people exacted the anger unto Him?

    ><> He did so that you, and I could have free access to God.
    ><>So that your sins could be "washed" away. All of them, with no exception!

    Don't ignore this situation. ><>JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR
    YOU!<>< He died for you! It Is easy to pass jokes or foolish photos by e-mail, but when it comes to God, sometimes you feel ashamed to forward to others 'cause you are worried of what they may think. About you. God has plans for you, show all your friends what He experienced to save you. And as you share this message with your friends, family, loved ones and even strangers, think about this! May God bless your life, as you carry out the Great Commission. The Commission for which He died and called you and I to be a part of by telling others of why he died and how He died.

    Now for the next 60-seconds with God ... set aside what you're doing and take this opportunity! Let's see if Satan can stop this...All you have to do Is:
    1. Simply pray for the person or ministry from whom this message came!
    2. Then, send this message to others, the more the better.
    3. And as you do, those people will in turn pray for you, and others will in turn pray for them. You and I will be responsible for starting a world-wide Prayer Meeting on this Holiest of Weeks.
    4. Take a moment to appreciate the power of God in your life, for doing what pleases Him. And if you are not ashamed to do this, please, follow Jesus' instructions. In Matthew 10:32 & 33 He stated, "Everyone therefore
    who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before My Father in heaven; but whosoever denies Me before others, I also will deny before My Father in heaven."

    Now pray this brief prayer: Father, I love you and acknowledge that you are my God, the God of the universe. The creator of all we see, know and touch, and even more! You are my source of life and because of your love and the painful and sacrificial death of your Son, my Savior, who conquered death through His resurrection, "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13.

    The above (with some editting by myself) was found on FB and I believe the author is Trinity Blu****

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