There is nothing as lovely to me as the Dogwood Tree and its flower. It's my favorite of all flowering trees. There is a legend of the Dogwood Tree that the cross that Christ was crucified on was made of the Dogwood tree. You can find the story on the internet. When my mother died, I inherited a picture with a cross with dogwood blossoms and the poem.
Since tomorrow is Easter, I wanted to share one of my pastor's devotionals from Right From the Heart. It explains better than I can what is on my heart tonight.
Life's Most Important Question
"Pilate said to them, 'Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?'" - Matthew 27:22 Almost 2,000 years ago, a man named Pilate asked the most important question in life. Standing before him was an itinerant preacher. There was nothing remarkable about His looks. He had attracted a large following but few committed followers. He had no wealth - not even a home of His own. Yet He was the object of an unmitigated hatred from a mob. Pilate asked, "What shall I do with this man?" As the mob cried for His execution, the man, Jesus Christ, stood silently as Pilate cowardly sentenced Him to death on the cross.The question Pilate asked is ultimately one all of us have to ask. What shall I do with this man Jesus? He loves you, even when you could care less about Him. He cared enough to pay the penalty for your sin. What will you do with Jesus? Your eternal destiny hangs in the balance by how you respond.
Many Live Appearances After His Death
"...because I live, you will live also." - John 14:19Christianity is about faith - faith in Jesus Christ who rose from the dead. But have you realized there is also historical documentation of Jesus' resurrection? Six different books offer documentation of Jesus' nine live appearances after His resurrection: 1. He appeared to Mary Magdalene and other women the morning of His resurrection. 2. He appeared to Peter. 3. He appeared to two men on the road to Emmaus. 4. He appeared to the disciples as a whole (except for Thomas, who wasn't there). 5. He appeared to the disciples with Thomas, and Thomas believed. 6. He appeared to seven disciples at the Sea of Galilee and enjoyed a fish fry. 7. He appeared to over 500 people at once. 8. He appeared to James, his brother. 9. He appeared one final time to his disciples before He ascended to heaven. There are at least nine documented live appearances after His death. That is a lot of evidence that He rose from the dead.
I'll leave you with these thoughts to ponder. You can visit Bryant Wright's site at http://www.rfth.org/