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B.C. Easter Cartoons by Johnny Hart

Last year I posted my favorite B.C. Easter cartoons by Johnny Hart. Here are the links to all six. Enjoy!

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Straight from the Donkey’s Mouth

What did the donkey think about Palm Sunday? Read Jacob the Donkey’s story here: Straight from the Donkey’s Mouth

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B.C. Easter Cartoons – Part 6

If you enjoy the B.C. comic strip, and you have an interest in the Christian faith, I would highly recommend this book: I Did It His Way: A Collection of Classic B.C. Religious Comic Strips. I love these cartoons because they make you laugh, but they also make you think. I am sharing some of my favorites this week for Easter. Here’s the last one for the week – happy Easter!

B.C. Johnny Hart Star Shadow

(Click here for more B.C. Easter cartoons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Legendary cartoonist, Johnny Hart, created two of the most popular comic strips in history: B.C. and Wizard of Id. When he became a Christian in 1984, Johnny turned his trademark wit and humor to matters of faith. Johnny passed away the day before Easter 2007 while at his drawing board. “This book is a dream that Johnny and I shared,” says his wife, Bobby. “I knew I had to finish our dream.”

Related post: A Final Easter Cartoon from B.C. and Johnny Hart

B.C. Easter Cartoons – Part 5

If you enjoy the B.C. comic strip, and you have an interest in the Christian faith, I would highly recommend this book: I Did It His Way: A Collection of Classic B.C. Religious Comic Strips. I love these cartoons because they make you laugh, but they also make you think. I am sharing some of my favorites this week for Easter. Here’s one on Good Friday.

B.C. Johnny Hart Good Friday

(Click here for more B.C. Easter cartoons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Legendary cartoonist, Johnny Hart, created two of the most popular comic strips in history: B.C. and Wizard of Id. When he became a Christian in 1984, Johnny turned his trademark wit and humor to matters of faith. Johnny passed away the day before Easter 2007 while at his drawing board. “This book is a dream that Johnny and I shared,” says his wife, Bobby. “I knew I had to finish our dream.”

Related post: A Final Easter Cartoon from B.C. and Johnny Hart

B.C. Easter Cartoons – Part 4

If you enjoy the B.C. comic strip, and you have an interest in the Christian faith, I would highly recommend this book: I Did It His Way: A Collection of Classic B.C. Religious Comic Strips. I love these cartoons because they make you laugh, but they also make you think. I am sharing some of my favorites this week for Easter. Here is “Nail a Man.”

B.C. Johnny Hart Nail a Man

(Click here for more B.C. Easter cartoons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Legendary cartoonist, Johnny Hart, created two of the most popular comic strips in history: B.C. and Wizard of Id. When he became a Christian in 1984, Johnny turned his trademark wit and humor to matters of faith. Johnny passed away the day before Easter 2007 while at his drawing board. “This book is a dream that Johnny and I shared,” says his wife, Bobby. “I knew I had to finish our dream.”

Related post: A Final Easter Cartoon from B.C. and Johnny Hart

B.C. Easter Cartoons – Part 3

If you enjoy the B.C. comic strip, and you have an interest in the Christian faith, I would highly recommend this book: I Did It His Way: A Collection of Classic B.C. Religious Comic Strips. I love these cartoons because they make you laugh, but they also make you think. I am sharing some of my favorites this week for Easter. This one is a riff on T.G.I.F. (Thank God it’s Friday!)

B.C. Johnny Hart Good Friday TGIF

(Click here for more B.C. Easter cartoons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Legendary cartoonist, Johnny Hart, created two of the most popular comic strips in history: B.C. and Wizard of Id. When he became a Christian in 1984, Johnny turned his trademark wit and humor to matters of faith. Johnny passed away the day before Easter 2007 while at his drawing board. “This book is a dream that Johnny and I shared,” says his wife, Bobby. “I knew I had to finish our dream.”

Related post: A Final Easter Cartoon from B.C. and Johnny Hart

B.C. Easter Cartoons – Part 2

If you enjoy the B.C. comic strip, and you have an interest in the Christian faith, I would highly recommend this book: I Did It His Way: A Collection of Classic B.C. Religious Comic Strips. I love these cartoons because they make you laugh, but they also make you think. I am sharing some of my favorites this week for Easter.

B.C. Johnny Hart Three in One

(Click here for more B.C. Easter cartoons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Legendary cartoonist, Johnny Hart, created two of the most popular comic strips in history: B.C. and Wizard of Id. When he became a Christian in 1984, Johnny turned his trademark wit and humor to matters of faith. Johnny passed away the day before Easter 2007 while at his drawing board. “This book is a dream that Johnny and I shared,” says his wife, Bobby. “I knew I had to finish our dream.”

Related post: A Final Easter Cartoon from B.C. and Johnny Hart

B.C. Easter Cartoons – Part 1

If you enjoy the B.C. comic strip, and you have an interest in the Christian faith, I would highly recommend this book: I Did It His Way: A Collection of Classic B.C. Religious Comic Strips. I love these cartoons because they make you laugh, but they also make you think. I will be sharing some of my favorites this week for Easter. Here is one where a man and a woman wash their clothes in the blood-stained river.

B.C. Johnny Hart Washing Clothes Stains in the River

Notice the allusions to Adam and Eve, the tree in the garden, original sin, nakedness and hiding, the Ten Commandments (as symbolized in the rock), and then of course the washing away of sins by the blood of Christ. Absolutely brilliant. “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)

(Click here for more B.C. Easter cartoons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Legendary cartoonist, Johnny Hart, created two of the most popular comic strips in history: B.C. and Wizard of Id. When he became a Christian in 1984, Johnny turned his trademark wit and humor to matters of faith. Johnny passed away the day before Easter 2007 while at his drawing board. “This book is a dream that Johnny and I shared,” says his wife, Bobby. “I knew I had to finish our dream.”

Related post: A Final Easter Cartoon from B.C. and Johnny Hart

Invite Someone to Church for Easter Sunday

Most Americans say they would visit a church if invited by a family member, neighbor or friend. And Easter is a time when people are more open to considering matters of faith. So who will you invite this year?

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The Silent Lamb

A Good Friday Devotional

“Pilate asked him, ‘Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.’ But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.” (Mark 15:4-5)

It was early in the morning on a Friday. The previous evening Jesus had shared a meal with his disciples in the Upper Room. From there they proceeded to Gethsemane where Jesus was arrested and brought before the Sanhedrin. False witnesses testified against him, but their statements did not agree.

Finally the high priest asked Jesus if he was the Messiah. Jesus responded, “I am.” At this the high priest tore his clothes. He accused Jesus of blasphemy, and the people condemned him as worthy of death. They spit at him, blindfolded him, and struck him with their fists. The guards took him away and beat him.

Now in the early morning hours Jesus stood before Pilate. The accusations came fast and furious, yet Jesus made no response. Jesus, the Word of God who spoke all of creation into being, stood silent before his accusers. And although Pilate found no basis to condemn Christ, in order to satisfy the crowd he handed Jesus over to be crucified.

Why didn’t Jesus speak up? Why didn’t he defend himself? Jesus remained silent in fulfillment of the Scriptures and out of love for you and for me. Isaiah 53:7 says, “He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.” 1 Peter 2:23 says, “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.”

Have you encountered situations where you felt the need to defend yourself against others? Ecclesiastes 3:7 says, “There is a time to be silent and a time to speak.” Sometimes it is the right choice to speak. But there are other times when we would do better to remain silent. We must seek God’s wisdom and prayerfully consider our words before we speak. And we will always do well to remember the Silent Lamb who remained silent before his accusers and entrusted himself to God who judges justly.

Hope and Change (Easter Style)

No, this post is not about President Obama or politics. Rather, it is about the hope and change made available to us through Christ’s resurrection. You can read all about it in the Bible in 1 Corinthians 15. As Christians we have hope because Christ rose from the dead. As Paul writes:

“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Corinthians 15:19-20)

Because Christ has been raised from the dead, we too will be raised. And so we have hope in Christ, both for this life and the life to come. Not only do we have hope, we will also be changed:

“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed — in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

In an instant, when Christ returns, we who have hoped in Christ will be changed. We will trade in these earthly bodies for our new spiritual bodies.

“For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’ ‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:53-57)

Now that’s hope and change you can believe in!

What’s So Good about Friday?

Why we celebrate Good Friday: Today Christians around the world celebrate Good Friday, the day Jesus died on the cross. To many observers it seems a misnamed holiday. That first Good Friday seemed anything but good. Jesus was betrayed by one of his own disciples; he was forcibly arrested, falsely accused, grossly mistreated, illegally tried, and unjustly sentenced to death. His followers deserted him and fled. Peter denied knowing him.

Furthermore Jesus was innocent. He had done no wrong to deserve such punishment. Even Pilate, the Roman Governor, testified: “I find no basis for a charge against this man.” (Luke 23:4) And so on Good Friday we celebrate the execution of an innocent man who was abandoned by his friends and sent to his death on trumped-up charges. What’s so good about that?

To answer the question we need to go back to Jesus’ birth when the angel announced to the shepherds: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11) Good Friday is good because it is the culmination of the good news that the angels brought to the shepherds that first Christmas morning. We have all sinned and broken God’s law. And therefore we are all in need of a Savior. Jesus came into our world to be that Savior, and he accomplished the work of salvation by dying on the cross for us.

The New Testament refers to Jesus as the “Passover lamb who was sacrificed for us.” (1 Corinthians 5:7) The Passover lamb was an animal without blemish or defect. In the same way Jesus is the perfect Son of God. When Jesus died on the cross, he was not dying for his own sins, because he had no sin. He was dying for our sins; he was dying in our place.

The good news announced by the angels at Christmas was fulfilled in Christ’s death for us on Good Friday. What’s so good about Friday? Jesus, who was born to be the Savior, completed his work of salvation on the cross. It was a good work, and God made a way of salvation for all who believe. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Of course three days later, the story gets even better. But that would be peeking ahead to Easter!

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