A Physicians view of The Crucifixion

I spent my formative Born Again years under my mentor and spiritual father Pastor Robert A. Shelley.  I listened when he spoke and took notes when he taught or preached.  He always gave us a banquet to feed from and I always ate as much as I could.  One of the things he did was to give a vivid, detailed decryption of the Crucifixion that always brought me to tears and still does.  The thought of what was suffered for me on The Cross by Him breaks my heart.

Here is a physicians description of what the Lord suffered that day from a medical perspective.

Read it.

Consider it.

Respond to it….either in tears, as I did, or by claiming the work done on The Cross for your own salvation.  He did it so that you would reconciled to your Heavenly Father.

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Crucifixion

A medical explanation of what Jesus endured on the day He died By Dr. C. Truman Davis*

A Physician Analyzes the Crucifixion. From New Wine Magazine, April 1982. Originally published in Arizona Medicine, March 1965, Arizona Medical Association.

Several years ago I became interested in the physical aspects of the passion, or suffering, of Jesus Christ when I read an account of the crucifixion in Jim Bishop’s book, The Day Christ Died. I suddenly realized that I had taken the crucifixion more or less for granted all these years – that I had grown callous to its horror by a too-easy familiarity with the grim details. It finally occurred to me that, as a physician, I did not even know the actual immediate cause of Christ’s death. The gospel writers do not help much on this point. Since crucifixion and scourging were so common during their lifetimes, they undoubtedly considered a detailed description superfluous. For that reason we have only the concise words of the evangelists: “Pilate, having scourged Jesus, delivered Him to them to be crucified … and they crucified Him.”

Despite the gospel accounts silence on the details of Christ’s crucifixion, many have looked into this subject in the past. In my personal study of the event from a medical viewpoint, I am indebted especially to Dr. Pierre Barbet, a French surgeon who did exhaustive historical and experimental research and wrote extensively on the topic.

An attempt to examine the infinite psychic and spiritual suffering of the Incarnate God in atonement for the sins of fallen man is beyond the scope of this article. However, the physiological and anatomical aspects of our Lord’s passion we can examine in some detail. What did the body of Jesus of Nazareth actually endure during those hours of torture?

Gethsemane

The physical passion of Christ began in Gethsemane. Of the many aspects of His initial suffering, the one which is of particular physiological interest is the bloody sweat. Interestingly enough, the physician, St. Luke, is the only evangelist to mention this occurrence. He says, “And being in an agony, he prayed the longer. And his sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground” (Luke 22:44 KJV).

Every attempt imaginable has been used by modern scholars to explain away the phenomenon of bloody sweat, apparently under the mistaken impression that it simply does not occur. A great deal of effort could be saved by consulting the medical literature. Though very rare, the phenomenon of hematidrosis, or bloody sweat, is well documented. Under great emotional stress, tiny capillaries in the sweat glands can break, thus mixing blood with sweat. This process alone could have produced marked weakness and possible shock.

Although Jesus’ betrayal and arrest are important portions of the passion story, the next event in the account which is significant from a medical perspective is His trial before the Sanhedrin and Caiaphas, the High Priest. Here the first physical trauma was inflicted. A soldier struck Jesus across the face for remaining silent when questioned by Caiaphas. The palace guards then blindfolded Him, mockingly taunted Him to identify them as each passed by, spat on Him, and struck Him in the face.

Before Pilate

In the early morning, battered and bruised, dehydrated, and worn out from a sleepless night, Jesus was taken across Jerusalem to the Praetorium of the Fortress Antonia, the seat of government of the Procurator of Judea, Pontius Pilate. We are familiar with Pilate’s action in attempting to shift responsibility to Herod Antipas, the Tetrarch of Judea. Jesus apparently suffered no physical mistreatment at the hands of Herod and was returned to Pilate. It was then, in response to the outcry of the mob, that Pilate ordered Barabbas released and condemned Jesus to scourging and crucifixion.

Preparations for Jesus’ scourging were carried out at Caesar’s orders. The prisoner was stripped of His clothing and His hands tied to a post above His head. The Roman legionnaire stepped forward with the flagrum, or flagellum, in his hand. This was a short whip consisting of several heavy, leather thongs with two small balls of lead attached near the ends of each. The heavy whip was brought down with full force again and again across Jesus’ shoulders, back, and legs. At first the weighted thongs cut through the skin only. Then, as the blows continued, they cut deeper into the subcutaneous tissues, producing first an oozing of blood from the capillaries and veins of the skin and finally spurting arterial bleeding from vessels in the underlying muscles.

The small balls of lead first produced large deep bruises that were broken open by subsequent blows. Finally, the skin of the back was hanging in long ribbons, and the entire area was an unrecognizable mass of torn, bleeding tissue. When it was determined by the centurion in charge that the prisoner was near death, the beating was finally stopped.

Mockery

The half-fainting Jesus was then untied and allowed to slump to the stone pavement, wet with his own blood. The Roman soldiers saw a great joke in this provincial Jew claiming to be a king. They threw a robe across His shoulders and placed a stick in His hand for a scepter. They still needed a crown to make their travesty complete. Small flexible branches covered with long thorns, commonly used for kindling fires in the charcoal braziers in the courtyard, were plaited into the shape of a crude crown. The crown was pressed into his scalp and again there was copious bleeding as the thorns pierced the very vascular tissue. After mocking Him and striking Him across the face, the soldiers took the stick from His hand and struck Him across the head, driving the thorns deeper into His scalp. Finally, they tired of their sadistic sport and tore the robe from His back. The robe had already become adherent to the clots of blood and serum in the wounds, and its removal, just as in the careless removal of a surgical bandage, caused excruciating pain. The wounds again began to bleed.

Golgotha

In deference to Jewish custom, the Romans apparently returned His garments. The heavy patibulum of the cross was tied across His shoulders. The procession of the condemned Christ, two thieves, and the execution detail of Roman soldiers headed by a centurion began its slow journey along the route which we know today as the Via Dolorosa.

In spite of Jesus’ efforts to walk erect, the weight of the heavy wooden beam, together with the shock produced by copious loss of blood, was too much. He stumbled and fell. The rough wood of the beam gouged into the lacerated skin and muscles of the shoulders. He tried to rise, but human muscles had been pushed beyond their endurance. The centurion, anxious to proceed with the crucifixion, selected a stalwart North African onlooker, Simon of Cyrene, to carry the cross. Jesus followed, still bleeding and sweating the cold, clammy sweat of shock. The 650-yard journey from the Fortress Antonia to Golgotha was finally completed. The prisoner was again stripped of His clothing except for a loin cloth which was allowed the Jews.

The crucifixion began. Jesus was offered wine mixed with myrrh, a mild analgesic, pain-reliving mixture. He refused the drink. Simon was ordered to place the patibulum on the ground, and Jesus was quickly thrown backward, with His shoulders against the wood. The legionnaire felt for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drove a heavy, square wrought-iron nail through the wrist and deep into the wood. Quickly, he moved to the other side and repeated the action, being careful not to pull the arms too tightly, but to allow some flexion and movement. The patibulum was then lifted into place at the top of the stipes, and the titulus reading “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” was nailed into place.

The left foot was pressed backward against the right foot. With both feet extended, toes down, a nail was driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees moderately flexed. The victim was now crucified.

On the Cross

As Jesus slowly sagged down with more weight on the nails in the wrists, excruciating, fiery pain shot along the fingers and up the arms to explode in the brain. The nails in the wrists were putting pressure on the median nerve, large nerve trunks which traverse the mid-wrist and hand. As He pushed himself upward to avoid this stretching torment, He placed His full weight on the nail through His feet. Again there was searing agony as the nail tore through the nerves between the metatarsal bones of this feet.

At this point, another phenomenon occurred. As the arms fatigued, great waves of cramps swept over the muscles, knotting them in deep relentless, throbbing pain. With these cramps came the inability to push Himself upward. Hanging by the arm, the pectoral muscles, the large muscles of the chest, were paralyzed and the intercostal muscles, the small muscles between the ribs, were unable to act. Air could be drawn into the lungs, but could not be exhaled. Jesus fought to raise Himself in order to get even one short breath. Finally, the carbon dioxide level increased in the lungs and in the blood stream, and the cramps partially subsided.

The Last Words

Spasmodically, He was able to push Himself upward to exhale and bring in life-giving oxygen. It was undoubtedly during these periods that He uttered the seven short sentences that are recorded.

The first – looking down at the Roman soldiers throwing dice6 for His seamless garment: “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do.”

The second – to the penitent thief: “Today, thou shalt be with me in Paradise.”

The third – looking down at Mary His mother, He said: “Woman, behold your son.” Then turning to the terrified, grief-stricken adolescent John , the beloved apostle, He said: “Behold your mother.”

The fourth cry is from the beginning of Psalm 22: “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

He suffered hours of limitless pain, cycles of twisting, joint-rending cramps, intermittent partial asphyxiation, and searing pain as tissue was torn from His lacerated back from His movement up and down against the rough timbers of the cross. Then another agony began: a deep crushing pain in the chest as the pericardium, the sac surrounding the heart, slowly filled with serum and began to compress the heart.

The prophecy in Psalm 22:14 was being fulfilled: “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint, my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.”

The end was rapidly approaching. The loss of tissue fluids had reached a critical level; the compressed heart was struggling to pump heavy, thick, sluggish blood to the tissues, and the tortured lungs were making a frantic effort to inhale small gulps of air. The markedly dehydrated tissues sent their flood of stimuli to the brain. Jesus gasped His fifth cry: “I thirst.” Again we read in the prophetic psalm: “My strength is dried up like a potsherd; my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou has brought me into the dust of death” (Psalm 22:15 KJV).

A sponge soaked in posca, the cheap, sour wine that was the staple drink of the Roman legionnaires, was lifted to Jesus’ lips. His body was now in extremis, and He could feel the chill of death creeping through His tissues. This realization brought forth His sixth word, possibly little more than a tortured whisper: “It is finished.” His mission of atonement had been completed. Finally, He could allow His body to die. With one last surge of strength, He once again pressed His torn feet against the nail, straightened His legs, took a deeper breath, and uttered His seventh and last cry: “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.”

Death

The common method of ending a crucifixion was by crurifracture, the breaking of the bones of the leg. This prevented the victim from pushing himself upward; the tension could not be relieved from the muscles of the chest, and rapid suffocation occurred. The legs of the two thieves were broken, but when the soldiers approached Jesus, they saw that this was unnecessary.

Apparently, to make doubly sure of death, the legionnaire drove his lance between the ribs, upward through the pericardium and into the heart. John 19:34 states, “And immediately there came out blood and water.” Thus there was an escape of watery fluid from the sac surrounding the heart and the blood of the interior of the heart. This is rather conclusive post-mortem evidence that Jesus died, not the usual crucifixion death by suffocation, but of heart failure due to shock and constriction of the heart by fluid in the pericardium.

Resurrection

In these events, we have seen a glimpse of the epitome of evil that man can exhibit toward his fellow man and toward God. This is an ugly sight and is likely to leave us despondent and depressed.

But the crucifixion was not the end of the story. How grateful we can be that we have a sequel: a glimpse of the infinite mercy of God toward man–the gift of atonement, the miracle of the resurrection, and the expectation of Easter morning.

*Dr. C. Truman Davis is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He is a practicing ophthalmologist, a pastor, and author of a book about medicine and the Bible.

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Romans 10:9-13 (NKJV)

that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 

13 For“whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Richard J Grund Author, The Supernatural Battle http://supernaturalresponse.net/the-supernatural-battle.html Director & Team Leader http://supernaturalresponse.net Host of The Porch & Reflections in the Dark http://blogtalkradio.com/firefall-talk-radio

New Year New Choices

540_293_resize_20130701_3b9dc09f8218f9325f956558fe990f4c_jpgThis is the time of year people are making New Year’s resolutions hoping that they will keep them but knowing that they probably won’t.

Sadly, this is a ritual many go through year after year and the outcome is always the same – failure.

Let’s make this year different.

Make is a new year of new choices for your life.

The word resolution means: 1. Process of resolving 2. Decision 3. Determination

Where are you in the process of the decision that will take determination to achieve?

Now, to the deeper question.

Where are you spiritually and what new choices do you need to make in this New Year?

Patient: Doctor doctor.  It hurts when I do this!

Doctor: Don’t do it!

In 25 plus years of ministry I have met countless people who want the pain or torment to go away but do not want to change the decisions that led to the pain and torment.

Many Believers in Jesus of Nazareth as Lord and Savior see Him and His grace as a license to sin.  They know He will forgive them so they keep doing what they did before and getting the same outcome.  Yes, He loves you just as you are but He also loves you too much to let you stay that way.

The Holy Spirit is given to inspire, encourage and convict us of sin.  He walks with us to show us the way and to remind of The Word.  When we willfully sin we wander away from Him and His guidance.  Eventually, if it goes on long enough, we are lost in the darkness and shadows of this world where the wolves dwell.  It is then that the Shepherd seeks us out and leads us home.  Correction regarding our choices is a part of His love and done with His grace.

woman-caught-in-adulteryThe woman caught in adultery in John 8 was offered love, grace and no condemnation.  But, she was also offered a directive –  “go and sin no more”.  In other words, stop doing what you are doing or make better choices.  The Lord finalizes this directive with His closing statement in verse 12 – “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

If we are claim to follow Him our lives must show it.  If we are walking in darkness it means we are no longer in the Light.  And, that means we are no longer following Him.

It’s a New Year I pray that you will make New Choices that will keep in out of the darkness and into His Light.

Firefall Talk Radio – New Year New Choices

Richard J Grund
Director, Solomon’s Porch.
Director & Team Leader, SRT the Supernatural Response Team

Traveling Light Show

From The Porch, Perpetual Pentecost Pt 4, last night on Firefall Talk Radio:

John 8:12(NKJV) 12Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

As we are in a very dark and wicked world, what are we to do (Phil. 2:15)?

Philippians 2:14-15(NKJV) 14Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

We are like the moon whose light is not its own, but is reflected from a bright sun.

2 Corinthians 4:2-4(NKJV) 2But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

Walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully.

1 Corinthians 12:7 (NKJV) But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:

Manifestation- Greek: phanerosis (GSN-<G5321>), making visible. Used here and in 1Cor. 12:7 where it speaks of the use of the spiritual gifts.

The gifts of the Sprit are the means God has chosen to make the truth of the Gospel visible to the world.

Paul confirmed and made visible his preaching by a demonstration of it in signs, wonders, different miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit.  In other words, he was a traveling Light show where ever he went.  And, because of that he went to the darkest places on purpose.

Hebrews 2:3-4 (NKJV) 3  how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, 4  God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?

The Lord’s command to the Apostle Paul is to us –
Acts 26:18(NKJV) 18to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’ (emphasis added)

Ephesians 5:8 (NKJV) 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. (emphasis added)

Romans 13:11-14(NKJV) 11And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.
12The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
13Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.   14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. (emphasis added)

How do we do that?

Being Born Again and Filled with the Spirit.

We must visit The Cross, The Empty Tomb, The Upper Room.

And then we become a traveling Light show by walking as children of The Light!

Shine, shine, shine!

Sizzling or smoldering

When it comes to our walk as Believers in Yeshua/Jesus we are either on fire (sizzling) or the fire is going out (smoldering).  There is no in between.

We are either passionately in love with Him or we are passive toward Him and in love with the world.

When we are passionately in love with Him we care about others, love others and want to help others.  Love is His essence and it invades our very being and makes us like Him.

John 15:5-12 (NKJV)
5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.
10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
11 These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

When we are in love with the world we are self-centered and selfish because the sway of the world is to lean to the dark side – the kingdom of darkness.  This leads to the coldness and lawless we see in the world today.

Matthew 24:12 (NKJV) 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.

Lawlessness (sin) has led to an epidemic of coldness and callousness toward all living creatures except ourself.

Television commercials make you want more even if you can’t afford it.  Mainstream media glorifies selfish achievements that highlight an area of sin or rebellion.  Movies and TV shows make it appealing to be in outright rebellion against the rules and righteousness of a Living God.

These are the people sitting in the pews of so called churches today.  If there ever was a fire, it has gone out.  They are a smoldering ashen mess who cannot “go into all the world” as the Great Commission of Mark 16:15 commanded.  They are already in the world and have become of the world.

So, the question now remains – are you sizzling or smoldering?  Are you combustible enough to be set aflame?

Firefall Talk Radio – The Porch – Are You Combustible?

Putting Your Head in the Lion’s Mouth

In the days of the traveling circus there would usually be a lion tamer who had trained lions and other large dangerous animals.  We still see them today in the remaining circus attractions and even in Las Vegas shows.  A standard trick would be for the trainer to have one lion open his mouth and he or she would actually put their head into the lion’s mouth to show how well-trained the animal was.  Since then, “putting your head in the lion’s mouth” means knowingly and willfully doing something dangerous.

Recently I received a text message from someone attending a Youth Service where the worship leader was leading the group in a song stating that “Satan was vanquished and powerless”.

My immediate thought was as to how dangerous a mindset that was.

For years in traditional church I can remember the songs about Satan being “under my feet” and watching people stomp & jump up and down as if they were crushing a bug.  Not only was it a silly sight to behold it was an endangering error being perpetrated on the masses.

Yes, Satan and the other fallen angels were defeated on Calvary.  A bloodied wooden Cross was their undoing.  However, even though they are defeated they have not submitted.  Until the Lord Returns for the final showdown they are roaring lions roaming about looking to devour someone.

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8, New King James Version)

The words “roaring” and “devour” clearly indicate action and threat.

The warning to be sober and vigilant clearly indicates that this threat is prevalent and ongoing.  And, this was written AFTER the Crucifixion and Resurrection from someone with experiential knowledge.

Oh, I can hear it already from the naysayers and critics – “I’ve not been given a spirit of fear….blah blah blah….”  Yeah, I get that and I believe that.  But you haven’t been given a spirit of carelessness and recklessness either!  If you are carelessly reckless it’s by your own doing or by the bad teaching you’ve heard over the years.

It’s my belief that the reason “teachers” take the position that Satan, his angels and their demons are no threat to you is because they do not want to be responsible for the warfare that comes from taking a stand against them.  They are hirelings who run away or ignore the threat at the sign of the wolves and not shepherds who run toward the wolves to protect the flock.  (Just my opinion from 22-years of watching people play church)

Satan, his angels, the other fallen Watchers and their demonic offspring are supernatural beings looking to destroy anything made in the image of the One who created them and defeated them.

They are the ultimate terrorists although formally defeated still inflicting casualties and destruction as long as they exist.

Do not foolishly put your head in the lion’s mouth in a spiritual arrogance that sets you and your loved ones up for disaster.  If you attend a church where they teach and embrace this philosophy you may want to stop eating their regurgitated Word and start feeding on it for yourself.

The key to victory isn’t arrogance and it’s definitely not ignorance.

It’s vigilance.

Understand that you are in a 24/7 war with the adversaries of Heaven.

 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— (Ephesians 6:12-18, New King James Version)

And that Victory starts at the Cross, takes you to an Empty Tomb and empowers you from and Upper Room.

It then comes from personally knowing the One you serve and what is expected of you in His service.

 4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?
6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

      “ God resists the proud,
      But gives grace to the humble.”

7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. (James 4:4-10, New King James Version)

Humility, submission and commitment to Him and Him alone is what empowers you in this fallen world.  The enemy knows that someone who does that is hidden under His wings and under His covering.

Remember this and the next time you hear someone leading you in a song about stomping the devil listen closely.  You will hear the rumble from this throat as he waits patiently in the bushes for the weakest or the oldest of the flock to get separated from the rest in their dangerous carelessness to “devour” them.

By the way, the word devour means to literally tear to pieces.

Do you think Peter was trying to tell us something?

Or, you can keep doing what you are doing.

Let me know how that works our for you!

In the Power of His Name,
Richard J Grund
Director, Solomon’s Porch

Celebrating the Resurrection of Messiah

Today, Sunday April 24, 2011, people are getting dressed in new outfits to go to church.  For some its their second command appearance (Christmas being the other) if they want to keep their membership in the C&E Christian Club.

I remember doing this day as a child and for many years in “traditional” church services.  Churches will drag the cross out of storage, dust it off, prop it up on stage and get ready for the day.  Special events and music produtions are planned and performed.  There will be baskets of candy for the children, chocolate bunny rabbits, and colored eggs to look for and so many activities to do that have little to nothing to do with the Resurrection from the dead of Jesus of Nazareth that day in Jerusalem 32-33 A.D.

There are plenty of other teachers, scholars, web sites and You Tube videos to explain the pagan origins of Easter for me to go into that here.  Search them out.  Research the topic and then you decided what to do as the Spirit leads.

No, I have another bone to pick today with this day.

The early Book of Acts church and the church for almost 300 years never celebrated an “Easter Sunday”.  It was another anti-Semetic result of the Council of Nicea to absorb the pagan Sun worship into Christianity as a way to attract more pagans.  This “seek friendly” approach to religion was mean to absorb nonbelievers into the church.  And, it was a way to further distance the church from any connection to the Jewish feast of Passover and water down the Gospel.  In my opinion, NOTHING good came from the Council of Nicea and Constantine’s inteference with the church.  I know that there are some, especially Roman Catholic believers, who disagree with me.  From someone steeped in Roman Catholicism (elementary, high school and university) for 32 years of my life its an argument you cannot win.  As the old Carman song would say…”I’ve Been Delivered”!

No, I will leave that for another day, another rant.

What bothers me about this commercialized, trivialized day the world calls Ishtar…I mean Easter is that we were never called to, inspired to or taught to in The Word of God to celebrate this day….JUST ONCE A YEAR.  It’s supposed to be a part of our everyday walk, worship and inspiration.  We were called to take communion every time we got together with other Believers and acknowledged His death and resurrection from the dead.

19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
(Luke 22:19, New King James Version)
46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:46-47, New King James Version)

If He’s not raised from the dead then we have faith in just another religion.  By acknowledging it every day we partake of His death and resurrection and all that goes with it.   The intimacy and emotional investment that it will give you will change your walk and therefore change your life.  And, the daily affirmation of the Resurrected Life gives us hope at a time when hope is in little supply.

If you want to keep chasing bunny rabbits and making colored eggs in honor of the pagan fertility rites that inspired them, that’s up to you.

However, if you want a real, personal relationship with Yeshua/Jesus as Lord and Savior then try the daily approach.  Get some unleavened bread (Matzoh) from your local grocery store, some grape juice and everytime you get together with other Believers (even just family) take communion and remember what He did for you.

As with everything else the Lord God did for us – its your choice.

Shalom & Blessings,
Richard J Grund
Director, Solomon’s Porch

Business As Usual…the blind leading the blind.

Lately myself and a couple of fellow warriors for the Kingdom are taking some heat & criticism for trying to warn the church of what is coming down the road spiritually that is a danger to them.

It would seem that the head in the sand mentality is in full effect in the church today.

It reminds me of a dog we once had. My mother in law, who passed away in 1984 had a poodle that we adopted. His name was Beau. Beau lived a long life but at the end of his life he went blind. it didn’t slow him down a beat. Of course, he would riccochet off of the walls as he hustled down the hallway to follow the other dogs outsidbe but he was unaffected by it. It was amusing to watch and I would somtimes add the sound effect of a bullet richochet as he did it.

Beau had a bad habit of stealing the cat food from the cat dish. Yes, we had dogs (3) and cats (2) in the same house. Everyone got along fine. But, Beau was addicted to the cat food and no matter how many times we moved it he would find it and eat it all.

One evening, as we ate dinner, I heard a noise coming from the kitchen. I slowly and quitely entered the kitchen to find Beau doing his best attempt to quietly creep toward the cat dish. He would walk a few steps, tilt his head and listen to discern if anyone was coming. A few steps. Stop and listen. This went on for a few minutes. He was working hard to get to the cat food. I quietly stood over the top of him as he crept toward his cat food fix. Just as he put his face into the dish I leaned over the top of him and screamed “BEAU!”

To say that he jumped would be an understatement. He went airborne and his feet were pawing the air to run away as he tried to escape even before he hit the ground from what was sure punishment for his efforts. I was laughing to hard to consider punishing him and he curtailed his cat food habit for a while. He was a great dog who lived a long full life…and ate a lot of stolen cat food.  🙂

It appeared that Beau believed that if he couldn’t see us then we must not be able to see him. His blindness had fooled him into a false sense of security that had a shockingly abrupt ending.

The church at large is the same way. Their spiritual blindness will have a shocking abrupt ending. The foolish idea that if they ignore the enemy’s efforts and do not talk about or listen to reports of the increase in demonic & supernatural activity that it won’t effect them.

In Matthew 15:14 the Lord spoke about “blind leaders of the blind” leading both into a ditch. The thing about falling into a ditch is that it leaves you as a sitting duck to any predator who might be pursuing you. The blind church is setting itself up for a shocking and aburpt ending when the roaring lion seeking to devour them pounces upon them.

Remember this saying when you accuse me or my other brothers like me of being “fear mongerers” for warning of what is coming – it’s better to be prepared for something that doesn’t happen then to be unprepared for something that does. It’s always better to err on the side of caution.

Or, you can just continue with business as usual and keep those spiritual eyes closed.

Richard J Grund