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May
08

This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one.

This is my Father’s world, dreaming, I see His face.
I ope my eyes, and in glad surprise cry, “The Lord is in this place.”
This is my Father’s world, from the shining courts above,
The Beloved One, His Only Son,
Came—a pledge of deathless love.

This is my Father’s world, should my heart be ever sad?
The lord is King—let the heavens ring. God reigns—let the earth be glad.
This is my Father’s world. Now closer to Heaven bound,
For dear to God is the earth Christ trod.
No place but is holy ground.

This is my Father’s world. I walk a desert lone.
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes His glory known.
This is my Father’s world, a wanderer I may roam
Whate’er my lot, it matters not,
My heart is still at home.

Christian Poetry by Malthie D. Babcock
Public Domain

May
01

Chapter XXVI.—Concerning the Antichrist.

It should be known that the Antichrist is bound to come. Every one, therefore, who confesses not that the Son of God came in the flesh and is perfect God and became perfect man, after being God, is Antichrist  . But in a peculiar and special sense he who comes at the consummation of the age is called Antichrist . First, then, it is requisite that the Gospel should be preached among all nations, as the Lord said  , and then he will come to refute the impious Jews. For the Lord said to them: I am come in My Father’s name and ye receive Me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive  . And the apostle says, Because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved, for this cause God shall send them a strong delusion that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness  . The Jews accordingly did not receive the Lord Jesus Christ who was the Son of God and God, but receive the impostor who calls himself God . For that he will assume the name of God, the angel teaches Daniel, saying these words, Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers  . And the apostle says: Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition: who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God , shewing himself that he is God; in the temple of God he said; not our temple, but the old Jewish temple  . For he will come not to us but to the Jews: not for Christ or the things of Christ: wherefore he is called Antichrist .

First, therefore, it is necessary that the Gospel should be preached among all nations : And then shall that wicked one be revealed, even him whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders  , with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish, whom the Lord shall consume with the word of His mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming . The devil himself , therefore does not become man in the way that the Lord was made man. God forbid! but he becomes man as the offspring of fornication and receiveth all the energy of Satan. For God, foreknowing the strangeness of the choice that he would make, allows the devil to take up his abode in him .

He is, therefore, as we said, the offspring of fornication and is nurtured in secret, and on a sudden he rises up and rebels and assumes rule. And in the beginning of his rule, or rather tyranny, he assumes the role of sanctity  . But when he becomes master he persecutes the Church of God and displays all his wickedness. But he will come with signs and lying wonders, fictitious and not real, and he will deceive and lead away from the living God those whose mind rests on an unsound and unstable foundation, so that even the elect shall, if it be possible, be made to stumble  .

But Enoch and Elias the Thesbite shall be sent and shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children , that is, the synagogue to our Lord Jesus Christ and the preaching of the apostles: and they will be destroyed by him. And the Lord shall come out of heaven, just as the holy apostles beheld Him going into heaven, perfect God and perfect man, with glory and power, and will destroy the man of lawlessness, the son of destruction, with the breath of His mouth  . Let no one, therefore, look for the Lord to come from earth, but out of Heaven, as He himself has made sure  .

Apr
28
Apr
26

I think that the choir sound forever.Do you think they have great singing voices?

Apr
17

 Here are two  Ancient writer who make refernces to Jesus.One is Josephus who was a Pharissee,who composed his history of the Jews and wrote about the Destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.The Other is Corneilius Tacitus who was a secretary to the Emperor Trajan.He was a pagan, who wrote the history of Rome from: Augustus Caesar to the Emperor Domitian .Tacitus  lived in the early part of the Second Century.

 
Flavius Josephus “The Antiquities of the Jews  Book 18:3
(75 A.D.)” He make references to Christ dying on the cross and rising again on the third day.

3. Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.

 

“The Annal of Tacitus” Book 11 (109 A.D).Tacitus on the Great Fire of Rome in 64 A.D.He said”That the Emperor Nero blamed the Christians for setting the fire”.Tacitus uses the Latin word Christus to describe Christ. He even mention the Governor Pontius Pilate who sentenced Jesus to the Cross(He uses the Latin word  Pontius Pilatus).

Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired.

Apr
14

How does one communicate with God? Is it even possible?

The first thing you must do is this: You must decide for yourself if God exists. Once God’s existence is established in your own mind then you can determine whether or not communication is possible.

To discuss aspects of God is outside the scope of this article so we won’t get into that.

There are many people that believe in some type of God and perhaps almost as many that believe their particular God is someone they can communicate with.

Within the Christian framework that is predominant here in America, God is typically viewed as one who is reachable only by the faithful. The faithful are those who abide by the rules of the religious group they associate with.

The usual feeling is that as long as you “keep the faith” you are in good standing with God and the church – and God hears your prayers and answers them.

Which brings us to the typical Christian concept of communication with God – prayer.

In prayer one usually becomes quiet and petitions the Almighty for whatever needs they have. Gratitude is often expressed for the many blessings received and assistance may be requested for whatever tasks lie ahead.

Then some sort of closure is performed – in the name of Jesus perhaps – and the prayer is finished.

So the question is: Is this really communication with God?

I learned something a few years ago.

It is this: The larger part of communication is listening.

Listening is the aspect of true communication that is most often left out of communication with God – and there’s a reason for this – it isn’t easy!

I have found that true listening requires stillness in three areas.

1. Stillness of conversation: This is where you cease speaking, asking, expressing, etc. You cannot hear while you are speaking.

2. Stillness of mind: This is where you silence your own thinking and expectations.

3. Stillness of spirit: When you become still in your own spirit you are free of fears, doubts and anxiety – able to sense connection with God and true communication may follow.

In this practice you will find that your expectations about God will usually determine what you get out of your efforts to reach God.

When you become truly still you can let go of your expectations and ideas and allow God to speak.

Easy? No. Worthwhile? ABSOLUTELY!

I believe communication with God IS the path to true peace!

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Apr
10

Here is a debate between the Reverend Jim of Univeral Life Church and a women named Jamie from the Greensboro Athiest Group.She asks him,if God knew she would become an athiest, why would he have allowed her to be born.What do you think of this video?I think it is a great debate

Apr
08

No Rules, No Civilization: The Sexual Revolution left us free . . . to be miserable

By Michael Wagner

From the April 2008 issue of “Reformed Perspective” magazine, (www.reformedperspective.ca)

We all want different things. And because of our fallen natures, many of our wants are for things that will harm us and those around us–we lust after power, sex, other people’s possessions, even revenge. If everyone simply pursued their own desires, it’s hard to see how civilization could survive.

Fortunately for us, God has provided rules for living–the Ten Commandments–that restrict these desires so that they don’t harm others. The Law helps to make harmonious social life possible. Rules make civilization possible–no rules, no civilization.

The Bible is bad?

But many today don’t like rules and this is especially true with regard to sexual behavior. So-called “Victorian” sexual morality has been accused of being the cause of psychological “hang-ups”; Biblical morality is seen as the source of much human suffering. The solution, in this view, can only be found in individual and societal sexual liberation.

The “need” to break out of the confining and suffocating constraints of traditional morality was thus a major impetus to what has been called the “Sexual Revolution,” a significant social development in the Western countries whereby modern liberal views of sexual attitudes and behavior replaced the traditional norms of Western civilization. This revolution, and the attitudes and behaviors it promoted, has been embraced by the political, academic and media establishments, as well as many common citizens. It was the Sexual Revolution that led to the legalization of abortion and the widespread acceptance of divorce, promiscuity, pornography, homosexuality and cohabitation without marriage, basically a shopping list of many current social problems.

Playboy’s role

David Allyn’s book, “Make Love, Not War: The Sexual Revolution, an Unfettered History” (Routledge, 2001), describes in gory detail the major figures and events of the Sexual Revolution. Allyn is a proponent of the changes he describes and is clearly excited by the sexual “liberation” that occurred. Strangely, however, he sees the Sexual Revolution as coming to an end by the mid-1980s (due to the emergence of AIDS and the Christian Right in the USA), so I’m not sure what he’s thinking–today the presence of the Sexual Revolution is more obvious than ever before.

Pornography has been a major component of the propaganda arm of the Sexual Revolution. “Playboy” magazine was founded in 1953 and soon became exceedingly popular. By 1960 its circulation was over one million. The magazine’s founder, Hugh Hefner, not only became very wealthy, he was also a cultural celebrity. “Playboy” magazine has played a central role in the Sexual Revolution.

Although “Playboy” is a heterosexual magazine catering to heterosexual interests, it nevertheless contributed to the strength of the homosexual rights movement. For one thing, the Playboy Foundation (affiliated with the magazine) contributed money to some homosexual rights organizations. More importantly, however, was “Playboy’s” undermining of traditional morality. Allyn writes,

“As gay playwright and AIDS activist Larry Kramer states, ‘Hugh Hefner did more for gay liberation by creating Playboy than any other single person did.’ It is not so much that Playboy promoted the discussion of gay issues or endorsed gay rights (though it occasionally did do so) as that the magazine legitimated sexual desire outside of marriage” (pp. 161-162).

Penthouse goes further

“Playboy’s” financial success was bound to attract imitators, and it sure did. One of the most significant was “Penthouse” magazine founded by Bob Guccione in 1970. This magazine gained attention by publishing racier pictures than even “Playboy” would allow. And it was more ideologically committed to overthrowing traditional morality.

“Penthouse was more than just another skin magazine. It promised to keep the reader on the front-lines of the sexual revolution. Guccione made a virtual pledge to his readers that he would forever do battle against the forces of repression. This was an essential element in the magazine’s extraordinary appeal” (p. 231).

With the spread of pornography, and at the same time a dramatic increase in the production of adult literature (i.e. immoral literature), came a basically simultaneous liberalization of obscenity laws, often through judicial interpretation. When immoral materials were challenged under obscenity laws, judges increasingly decided in favor of “free expression,” thus helping to unleash further increases in the production of immoral materials.

“Free” love

One of the most popular novels of this period (the mid-1960s and early 1970s) was “The Harrad Experiment” by Robert Rimmer. Basically the novel is about the sexual experimentation of a group of college students. But the underlying purpose of the novel was to promote a stridently anti-Christian view of morality. Allyn notes:

“The book’s thesis was clear: If individuals took a rational view of sex, there would be no more jealousy, no more monogamy, no more shame–all products of Judeo-Christianity’s superstitious anti-sex agenda. From a historical perspective, monogamy was rooted in the concept of woman as property. In an enlightened, humanistic world, such a barbaric concept would be abolished. Ultimately, sexually liberated men and women would form happy, enduring group marriages, in which jealousy and secrecy and adultery and divorce would be unknown. In fact, by eliminating shame and self-loathing, sexual rationalism would solve virtually all of society’s remaining problems” (p. 72).

This is a fairly succinct summary of the ideology guiding many sexual revolutionaries. Eliminate Christian morality and–presto!–many of society’s problems will disappear. Some people actually believe that.

Hand-in-hand with this kind of thinking went a favorable view of divorce. Traditional monogamous marriage was seen as a confining institution, basically a form of slavery. Many people suffered unhappy lives in unhappy marriages. Divorce, it was argued, would lead to liberation for the couple, and the children would be spared the trauma of watching their parents fight. Everyone would be better off, right? That’s what many “experts” were saying by the early 1970s. And so “the sexual revolution of the 1960s and ’70s created a new context for the national debate on divorce. Divorce went from a necessary evil to a positive good almost overnight” (p. 259).

Promiscuous sex outside of marriage was seen as a major component of “freedom” by proponents of sexual liberation. And as one would expect, such behavior led to a large number of “unwanted pregnancies.” What to do? Well, kill the babies, of course. The problem was that abortion was commonly restricted or even illegal in most jurisdictions. Many states in the USA had laws against abortion, for example. So these laws needed to be overturned. The US Supreme Court obliged by striking down all abortion laws in that country in the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. Allyn makes the significance of that decision very clear: “Roe v. Wade was the crowning achievement of the sexual revolution” (p. 266). Legalization of abortion was the “crowning achievement”–how about that?

The “good life” is godly

According to this view of the world, Christianity is the killjoy of life. It compels people to restrain their natural sexual appetites, which can only legitimately be expressed within monogamous marriage. Supposedly this causes Christians to be “repressed,” leading to various social and psychological problems. Sexual liberation (that is, throwing off Christian moral restraint) leads to relaxed, well-adjusted people. And these people can freely enjoy the good things in life–you know, like promiscuity, pornography, divorce and abortion. Isn’t that appealing?

No. The rules stipulated in the Ten Commandments lead to the good life, not a so-called “liberation” from the Commandments. All people are sinful, and so all people experience problems in their lives, including Christians. But those problems cannot be alleviated by throwing away God’s rules for human living. Quite to the contrary, in fact. Biblical morality is a sure guide to the good life. The happiness promised by the Sexual Revolution is a fraud. Surely that should be apparent by now.

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Apr
04

Luke 24:1-53:Jesus is Risen, Hallelujah!

 1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.

2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.

 3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

 4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

 5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?

 6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,

 7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

 8 And they remembered his words,

 9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.

 10 It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.

 11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

 12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.

 13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.

 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.

 15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.

 16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

 17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?

 18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?

 19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:

 20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.

 21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

 22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;

 23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.

 24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.

 25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

 26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

 27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

 28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.

 29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.

 30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.

 31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

 32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

 33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,

 34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.

 35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

 36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

 37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

 38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?

 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

 40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.

 41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?

 42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.

 43 And he took it, and did eat before them.

 44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

 45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

 46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

 47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

 48 And ye are witnesses of these things.

 49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

 50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

 51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

 52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:

 53 And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

Apr
02

A great day for Christians.A terrible day for Satan

Matthew 27:1-61

1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:

 2 And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

 3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

 4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

 5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

 6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.

 7And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.

 8 Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.

 9 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;

 10 And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.

 11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.

 12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.

 13 Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?

 14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

 15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.

 16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.

 17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?

 18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

 19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.

 20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

 21 The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.

 22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.

 23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

 24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

 25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

 26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

 27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.

 28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.

 29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

 30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.

 31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

 32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

 33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,

 34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.

 35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

 36 And sitting down they watched him there;

 37 And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

 38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.

 39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,

 40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.

 41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,

 42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.

 43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

 44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.

 45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.

 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

 47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.

 48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.

 49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.

 50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

 54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

 55 And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:

 56 Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedees children.

 57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple:

 58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.

 59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

 60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

 61 And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.