The story of Jesus Christ’s life on earth followed a sequence starting from his birth, his life mission, death and resurrection in the gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Over 2000 years now, Christians across the world have been remembering Christ’s remarkable life throughout his journey on earth.

The most widely celebration by Christians all over the world includes, Christmas and Easter.

According to the Christian calendar, before the celebration of Easter, there are several feasts and events observed by Christians all over the world. Palm Sunday, is a festival celebrated by Christians to mark the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

The festival often falls on different dates but always on a Sunday on Christians calendar.

It’s the Sunday before Easter and regarded as the day beginning the holy week and the end of lent season, where most Christian groups or churches go through spiritual exercises including fasting and prayers

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On Palm Sunday, the story of Christ as indicated in or the Crucifixion process in order to fulfil a prophecy in Zachariah 9:9 and Isaiah 62:11.

The word of God reveals that, Jesus riding on a donkey to Jerusalem indicates his peaceful nature as a Man of Peace. In the olden days, kings only drove on donkeys when things were at peace but drove on horses when there’s war.

Hence, Christian denominations especially the orthodox churches remember this day in joy and possessions on the street or church premises with palm branches that have been blessed by the clergy.

In some churches, the palm fronds are kept and burnt into ashes on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday the next year.

Scriptures in Luke 19:41-42, tells us that when Jesus saw the crowed praising him in Jerusalem, he wept because he knew they were the same people who will eventually betray him.

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Basically, the commemoration of Palm Sunday reminds Christians about the supremacy of Christ as a king and having the whole world in his hands.

It also reminds us to keep worshiping the most-high for the sacrifice that was made, resulting in the celebration of the resurrection power of Christ.

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Matthew 21:9

Let’s look at some scriptures for Palm Sunday.

Psalm 118: 25 -26

“Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you.

Zachariah 9:9

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

Luke 19:41-42

Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,  saying, If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes

 

New Music Alert! Mark Asari returns with a brand new video for his new single titled ‘Jesus’.
‘Jesus’ is available on all digital streaming platforms .
The Dego Visionz directed video sees Mark strolling in various grand locations around North West London reflecting and visually expressing his love for a higher power.

Mark sings ‘’Jesus, you’re my strength and my provider yes you are’’ and ‘’you lead me through still waters there is power in your name’’. This isn’t the first Gospel faith based single Mark has released.

His previously released singles ‘Welcome Home’ and ‘Blessed’ have received great responses as well.

 

The self-written and produced single ‘Jesus’ takes Mark back to his production roots as he once was one of the main producers for UK gospel artists, G-Force, Guvna B, amongst other local artists. ‘Jesus’ is taken off his forthcoming EP due for release in the Spring

Listen here: https://song.link/s/4rBylSonEKwVZA7fY0fbVf.

Christians believe in the word of God which makes us understand that God sent his only son, Jesus Christ to die for our sins on the Cross.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”John 3:16, 

 

The cross

Dying on the cross in the ancient days, was the most dreadful punishment for criminals but Christ, as part of his mission on earth and fulfilling the scriptures was killed on the cross to save the world (1 Corinthians 15:3–4).

However, it is not certain that indeed Christ died on Friday, but it’s the day set aside to remember the death of Christ on the cross as atonement for the sins of this world.

 

The day is recognised as “Good” Friday, not because it was a good day.

Obviously, that day was bad because, it was when Christ, who knew no sin was humiliated, tortured, excruciated and eventually killed on the cross in Calvary, by the Romans to save the world from sin due to God’s unfailing love for the world.

 

 

That is why it’s called Good Friday.

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The biblical account of the death of Jesus Christ which reflect on his death as good is revealed to us in Romans 5:8

“But here is how God has shown love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”.

Christians believe that, the world didn’t deserve the death of Christ as compensation for our sins but he did it anyway so that believers in him would someday be with him in heaven (1 Peter 3:18).

Hence Good Friday is when Christians focus on the sufferings Christ went through on the cross.

Some churches including the Catholic, Methodist and Anglican perform church services that recounts Jesus’s crucifixion and mourn Jesus’s death.

Other churches including the Charismatic churches, also do conventions, fasting and prayers starting from Good Friday towards Easter Sunday.

Again, Christians have the belief that, Jesus Christ’s death on good Friday paved way for man to be reconciled with God, make it possible to gain salvation and receive the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

 

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But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed… Isaiah 53 5

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Ever wondered what Good Friday is all about?

Good Friday  is the usually the Friday before every Easter.  Biblically, it  marks the day on which Jesus was crucified on the cross for the sins of the world.  Good Friday therefore is a  is a day of mourning and sorrow for Christians all over the world and at the same time a day that every christian is thankful for the selfless sacrifice Jesus Christ made on the cross for our transgressions…he died on the cross on Good Friday so that we may have life..

John 19 …. ”As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”

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So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha).  There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth,the king of the jews.  Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek.

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 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,”  and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.”  How heartbreaking!

Wishing everyone a blessed Good Friday! We are saved by not what we do but by what christ has done
It is Finished! To God be the Glory!

 It’s not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy…

What are you thankful for today? Saved by Jesus… 

GOOD FRIDAY AFRICAN CELEBS BE THANKFUL

 

Biblical reasons to be thankful…

  • Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
  • Psalm 100:4 – Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.
  • Hebrews 12:28-29 – Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.
  • Psalms 118:24 This is the day which the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
  • Psalms 107:1 – O give thanks unto the LORD, for  good and for his mercy endureth for ever.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
  • Psalms 136:1 O give thanks to the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever.
  • Ephesians 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers.

A Kenyan lawyer filed a petition with the International Court of Justice in The Hague, suggesting that the trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ was unlawful, and the State of Israel among others should be held responsible, Kenyan news outlet the Nairobian reported some time ago.

A lawyer (and former spokesman of the Judiciary) moved to court because he believes the trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ was unlawful. The Kenyan believes the State of Israel among others should answer for the human rights abuses that Jesus suffered

The Kenyan High Court rejected the case, which is why Dola Indidis moved to the ICC.

“I filed the case because it’s my duty to uphold the dignity of Jesus and I have gone to the ICJ to seek justice for the man from Nazareth,” Indidis told the Nairobian.

On the topic of the strength of his case, the lawyer said: “Evidence today is on record in the Bible, and you cannot discredit the Bible,” Indidis told the Kenyan Citizen News in defence of his move to sue Israel among others.

Watch Indidis interview below.

Source: JewsNews

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A Good Name is Compassion: Understanding Compassion

At Compassion they are compelled by the love of Jesus to serve those living in poverty.

Mission

Releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name

In response to the Great Commission, Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults… continue reading here.

About Sponsorship

Developing, discipling and equipping children for life

Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Programme is the heart of Compassion’s ministry to children living in poverty and aims to disciple, equip and enable children to develop into fulfilled and responsible adults.

The Child Sponsorship Programme is operated through a Child Development Centre which is run in partnership with a local church in the child’s community. Child sponsorship is a one-to-one relationship between a sponsor and a needy child living in desperate poverty in the developing world.

The faithful financial support of the individual sponsor equips the child for the future by providing for their core needs-spiritually, economically, physically, socially and emotionally.

Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Programme offers: educational opportunities, including literacy and life skills training; health care and health education; and, if required, supplemental nutrition. Children are also given opportunities to hear and respond to the gospel.

The unique structure of the one-to-one sponsorship model allows sponsors and sponsored children to have input into each other’s lives by writing letters, and through prayer. Many Compassion sponsors also take the opportunity to visit their sponsored child….continue reading here.

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