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Easter, Death and Taxes

Sunday’s Easter message was called Easter, Death and Taxes. Here is a brief outline of the message:

The inevitability of death –
   1) Death began with Adam and Eve’s sin in the garden
      – Genesis 2:15-17, 5:5
   2) We all sin without exception
      – Psalm 51:5; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23
   3) We all die because we all sin (physical/spiritual/eternal death)
      – Isaiah 59:2; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-2; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9

The inevitability of taxes –
   1) God tells you to pay what you owe
      – Matthew 17:27, 22:21; Romans 13:7
   2) When it comes to sin we owe a debt we cannot pay
      – Psalm 49:7-9; Romans 3:20, 6:23; Galatians 2:21
   3) The day of accounting comes for us all
      – John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:11-15

The good news of Easter –
   1) Christ is risen!
      – Matthew 28:1-10
   2) Death is defeated!
      – John 11:25-27; 1 Corinthians 15:54-56
   3) The debt has been paid!
      – Romans 4:4-8, 6:23

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Man of Sorrows – A Good Friday Message

Last night for Good Friday service I shared a message on Jesus as the Man of Sorrows from Isaiah 53:1-6. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Jesus became a man – Christ’s incarnation (verses 1-2)
   – John 1:10; Philippians 2:6-7

II. Jesus became a man of sorrows – Christ’s sufferings (verses 3-4)
   – Matthew 8:20, 26:68; Hebrews 4:15

III. Jesus was pierced for our transgressions – Christ’s sacrifice for our sins (verses 5-6)
   – Matthew 27:46; John 3:16

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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.