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Ready for some exciting news?

 As my mum likes to remind me, without Christmas there could be no Easter... (110) Exciting News! Like newspaper accounts of a startling event, the Gospel accounts of the resurrection aren’t identical—which suggests they’re not made up; nobody sat down and said, “Let’s get our stories straight.” They’re just “straight” from the participants’ varied memories. So, let’s follow each group: 1.        The guards: a.        Read Matthew 27:54, Matthew 27:62-28:4,11-15 Why might powerful Roman soldiers have been afraid? b.        Why might the soldiers be willing to lie? Do you suppose they convinced themselves the lie was true? c.        When is it easy to convince people to believe in a lie? When is it not easy? Would Matthew get away with adding that last sentence if it weren’t true? 2.        The women: a.        Read Mark 16:1-4, Luke 24:1-3, John 20:1-2 How might the women’s thoughts be similar to the authorities’ when they see the stone rolled away? b.        Do you su

Reflecting the Beginning in the End

  If life and death are inextricably entwined, then life should be conceived on the date of death, and Christmas should be nine month after Passover... which it is. Our Coffee Break Bible Study Group's still studying the end of our Gospel marathon as the season approaches its beginning. And it feels right. Join us! (109) Beyond the Cross We still have two more stations in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre—two more places to pause and pray… But first, let’s revisit what happened in the moment of Jesus’ death: 12.    Read Matthew 27:50-56, Mark 15:37-41, Luke 23:44-49, John 19:31-37 What might be the significance of… a.        the sun being darkened ( Matthew, Mark and   Luke )? What does darkness mean to you? b.        the Temple curtain being torn? What was the purpose of the curtain?                                                                                        i.       What does physical separation mean to you? What about mental or spiritual separation?