I’m Back And Here To Stay

Howdy. Hey guys. Hey y’all. Hola. What does one say to the people she hasn’t spoken to since January? It has been a hectic last few months, and wowzers, it’s been a long ride. I guess y’all deserve to know what I’ve been doing in my 10 months absence. Just know, I didn’t totally forget about this blog. I actually started writing quite a few posts, but I never published them. It’s not that I didn’t want to share Jesus anymore, I just got in a bad place mentally, I stressed myself out, got depressed, and just lost track of my faith. But, as you’ll learn later in this post, I got my fire back for Jesus. What a journey it has been. And now, I’m back and here to stay. So, here’s a little update on myself.

January 2018: I had an incredible experience at one of my church’s winter retreats. There will be a post coming on this soon. But just know that this experience changed my life.

February 2018: Well, I got caught up in the wrong crowd. Honestly, I felt depressed this whole month because of friends. And boys. Especially boys, because it was the month of “love” and ya girl was still single. And I had driver’s ed. I don’t usually like being around new people but I had to swallow my timidness and pass the class. Which by the way, I was top of my class 🙂 Oh, and I started volunteering in children’s church at my church.

March 2018: The month of our biggest cheer competition of the year. I’m not going to go into too much detail but WE DOMINATED. So this month was a lot better than February had been. But… once again I got caught up with the wrong people. I started talking to a guy.. but it ended quick. He didn’t want a totally 100% on fire for Jesus Christian girl. He wanted the “Christian” but not THE CHRISTIAN. Thankfully God helped me to shake it off. Because that one stung quite a bit.

April 2018: Honestly I don’t even remember anything from April. Oh yeah, I severely sprained my ankle and I had to wear a brace on it for the next 5 months. And, I had to drive the driver’s ed car with my injured foot. That was fun.

May 2018: Ah May. Tons of softball practices (I was catcher) and ya girls birthday :))))) I turned 15. But this was 6 months ago, so only 6 more months till I’m 16. Oh and by the way, I spent 3 hours at the DMV waiting, but I finally got my permit.

June 2018: Struggled to finish up freshman year.

July 2018: Start of the continuous beach trips. And an amazing summer camp at my church. This camp also changed my future, which I’ll have a post coming soon about that as well.

August 2018: More beach trips, cheer camp, four-wheeling, paint-balling, DISNEY WORLD, and even more beach trips. It was an amazinggggg summer. And, my dream came true. God allowed my youth group leader to put me in the youth band!! I had always wanted to sing in the band, and now I am! The first song I sang as the lead was King of My Heart <—– (here’s the link to my favorite version of it. Go listen)

September 2018: Start of sophomore year. Let the school depression begin.

October 2018: I started distancing myself from the negative and bad influences in my life. I got away from the people who would drag me down. I didn’t hang out with the “click” anymore. I became just me. A solo act. Someone who talks to everyone and shares the light of Christ wherever she goes. This was a big change for me because I’m usually very shy and I don’t like hanging around people I don’t know. So, I always stayed in the click to make myself feel secure. But, once I got out of my comfort zone and allowed God to work through me, I became my own person. And I’m able to be a role model to the young and old. I’m able to shine God’s light to everyone I meet. And I can greet and say hello to total strangers, and I’m not even scared anymore. I became genuinely happy, and I wasn’t sad and depressed like I once was.

November 2018: Still struggling with school. Need more driving hours. So many christmas play lines to memorize (I’m Imogene Herdman in my church’s production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever) And, I’M SINGING FOR BIG CHURCH AT MY CHURCH. Which is pretty much, I get to sing on Sunday mornings now for the adults, and not just for the youth. That’s a huge blessing and a dream come true and I can’t thank God enough for it. But honestly, amidst all this hustle and bustle, I’m happy and oh so thankful for God’s goodness. And especially his love, because he never gave up on me.

 

So yeah, that’s what has been up with me for the past 10 months. A few more posts are coming soon, but I’m back and here to stay now. Through all this I learned that GOD HAS A PLAN FOR MY LIFE. That, I AM SPECIAL AND OH SO LOVED. And that HE WILL GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART IF YOU JUST LIVE FOR HIM. Thank you God for never giving up on me. He never gave up on me, and he’ll never give up on you either.

Thanks for reading and I’m so blessed that I can share my journey with y’all. God bless all of you.

-Cupcakegirl10 ❤

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White As Snow

Hey guys. I’m back. But sadly, I can make no promises in how frequently I’ll be able to post. A have a lot of my plate at the moment but, I promise I haven’t forgotten about this blog.

As we are still taking a break from the series, Knowing You Are Special. Today, in the midst of all the cold weather and snow, I thought this post would be appropriate.

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Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” 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.

Have you ever struggled in your Christian life with the question, “God will never forgive me of this”. Or maybe you’ve thought something along the lines of, “How could God possibly forgive my horrible past?”. Or maybe even, “How can God forgive me of everything? I’ve done so many horrible things in my life.” If you’ve asked yourself something along these lines, you are not alone. Every Christian sometime in their walk with God needs to be reminded and maybe even told, Jesus took it all.

You see, when Jesus died on the cross he took EVERYONE’S sins upon him. He died so we could have freedom and forgiveness of our sins. Once we get saved and we accept Jesus into our hearts, we are given forgiveness. At no cost to us, Jesus freely gave us forgiveness. He sacrificed himself for us, and because of this we have freedom.

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

The east and west are totally different directions. That is (metaphorically speaking) how far Jesus has removed our sins from us. If only we ask him.

You could be the most horrible person on this Earth. You could have killed hundreds of people, drank thousands of quarts of beer, smoked hundreds of cigarette packs, or maybe even stolen millions of dollars worth of money; Jesus still offers forgiveness. No matter what you’ve done in this life, if you ask Jesus’ forgiveness, he will freely give it to you in abundance. Because Jesus loves you so much, he died for you, was buried, and rose to life again for you. So you wouldn’t have to go to Hell when you die, but instead be with him in Heaven. He died on the cross so you could have freedom but most importantly, FORGIVENESS.

Though your sins could be as red as scarlet. They shall become like wool. This bible verse is stating that, no matter how deep, dark, or bad your sin is, Jesus can forgive you. Think of a white cloth that has been stained with dirt. You try everything but you can’t clean those stains. You end up only making it worse. But, you happen to find Oxyclean in your cabinet. And you use that stuff to clean your cloth. Your once dirty, stained cloth is now white again. Think of Jesus as the Oxyclean. You can try everything, but without Jesus you can never have your sins forgiven. All you have to do is ask him and he’ll forgive you. That’s how amazing God is.

So if you ever feel you’ve committed a sin that can never be forgiven, just ask Jesus to forgive you. Because if you are truly sorry for your sin, he will indeed forgive you. He shall make you WHITE AS SNOW. Your once dark, black, and sinful life is now turned into something white as snow.

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Once you ask forgiveness of your sins, those old sins are now gone forever. Instead of spelling out ARE, those ARE your sins, white as snow spells out WAS. Those WAS your sins, those WERE your sins. Your sins are now in the past as far as the east is from the west. And Jesus has now made you WHITE AS SNOW.

 

 

My blog’s 4th anniversary

Where does the time go? I started http://www.cupcakegirl10.wordpress.com 4 years ago on December 9th, 2014. And now it’s almost 2018! *screams a little inside*

This blog has come along way since it first started…..*flashback*

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I started out wanting to write about my dream cupcake bakery, henceforth, the name cupcakegirl10. When I was little that was my dream. I just loved baking and dreaming about my future cupcake shop. Nowadays I’m more into music and that dream really isn’t accurate anymore.

But, soon I felt the Holy Spirit leading me to change my blog. To something honoring to God. So, I changed it too, The Work Of Thy Fingers. I talked about God’s amazing creation. for about 6 months. But the more I kept writing the more I realized I was really talking more about humans and our walk with Jesus than animals. And I felt God leading me to change my name once again. I prayed and asked God what I should name my new blog. He led me to the name Bible Talk. And that’s the name I’ve stuck with for the past 3 years.

I’ve kept the name cupcakegirl10 over the years because I want to remind myself what God has done for me and how he’s blessed this blog.

Thank you to the 170 people who have followed along with me and still continue to.

And special thanks to all who have encouraged me with comments, Kaylatot, Rachel Vincent, Ashly Vye, Hannah, and many more.

I hope you find encouragement in my blog posts. But, just know that what I write comes from the LORDand not me.

I pray this blog has been a blessing to all of you and I pray it will continue to be a blessing to you.

God bless!

-Cupcakegirl10

2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, [and] prepared unto every good work. God has made me a willing vessel,and he has used me, for his use, to tell others about him.

 

FACQ- Frequently Asked Christmas Questions

Hey y’all. Sorry for the lack of posting (again). The holiday season is busy, and y’all probably can relate. We are going to taking a break from the series, Knowing You Are Special for the month of December and focus more on Christmas topics. So here’s the first Christmas post of the season, FACQ: Frequently Asked Christmas Questions.


Why do we celebrate Jesus’ birthday on Christmas?  Historians have studied when Jesus might have been born.  They have a few ideas but, they are not exactly sure when he was born. Christmas was first celebrated officially by the Roman emperor, Constantine and it wasn’t declared a national holiday until Ulysses S. Grant. It really doesn’t matter when Jesus was born. All that matters is that he was born.


Why do we call it Christmas? Back in the early church time people used to get together for communion or celebrate Christ’s birthday. They would call these get together’s masses. So, when they celebrated Christ’s birthday they called it Christs’ mass. Over the years we have shortened Christs’ mass to Christmas!


What do certain plants have to do with Christmas? You have probably heard the song, The Holly and the Ivy. Well Christians believe that prickly leaves of the Holly represent the crown of thorns that Jesus wore when he was crucified. The berries are the drops of blood that were shed by Jesus because of the thorns. And the Ivy has to cling to something to support itself as it grows. This reminds us that we need to cling to God for support in our lives. I never thought about Holly and Ivy this way until someone actually told me! It’s quit clever if you think about it.  Same thing for the popular Poinsettia plant. The shape of the poinsettia flower and leaves are sometimes thought as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ. The white leaves represent his purity. Who knew a little plant could mean something?


Why do we exchange presents on Christmas? We are giving the gift of Christmas to others. God started this tradition by sending, or by giving us his only son, Jesus. John 3:16- For God so loved the world that he GAVE his only son. That whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. We show people we care and love them by giving them something. Just as God showed us he loved us by sending his son. We are regifting the love Jesus gave to us, and showing it to others.


What’s the point of the Christmas tree? A Christmas tree reminds us of a story a along time ago. There were people that worshiped a false god. They believed that the god dwelt in this large tree, right in the middle of nowhere. They believed if anyone cut it down they would be punished. But, there was this one guy who believed in Jesus, and knew idol worship was wrong, and he decided to cut down the tree. The people watched as the tree came down and nothing happened. Then they all started worshiping the one true God – Jesus! So the tree reminds us that Jesus is the one true God.


Why are candy canes such a big deal? There are many stories about this one. But my favorite would definitely have to be..

“Look at the candy cane and what do you see? Stripes that are red like the blood shed for me. White for my savior who is sinless and pure. “J” is for Jesus, my Lord, that’s for sure! Turn it around and a staff you will see- Jesus my shepherd is coming for me!”


What does X-mas mean? A lot of you may have heard about the word x-mas before. It is Christmas shortened, but notice that the x covers Christ. So what do you think the purpose of the word x-mas is? To take Christ out of Christmas. Just like Happy Holidays or Season’s Greetings. They don’t believe Christmas is the day we celebrate Christ’s birth. Some people say “Merry x-mas” but they don’t mean anything by it. They just don’t know what it means and why it’s said like that. Some people just say it to take the short way out. They don’t feel like spelling Christmas all the way out. If I were you, I’d take the time to spell Christmas out. Because I don’t to take my savior’s name out of Christmas.


Who is Emmanuel? You’ve probably heard the song, O Come O Come Emmanuel. The song is quoting scripture. In Matthew 1:23 it says “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel” (which means “God with us”). Emmanuel is just another name for our savior. He has many names, God the Son, Messiah, Lord, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Light of the World etc. Isaiah 9:6 even states that “For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”


What exactly was the star of Bethlehem? This is a question that has confused Christian astronomers and worldly astrologers alike. Some say it was a supernova that had recently exploded. Others say it was a planetary conjunction between big and bright planets such as Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus. Some say that the moon was in the mix. Others propose that maybe very bright stars aligned. And then there are those who think God put a brand new special star in the sky just for that very night. No one knows for sure what exactly happened. But it has become a beautiful symbol of how special that night was.


If Christ inspired the idea of Christmas, how did Santa Claus come into play?   Many stories associate the idea of Santa Claus with giving. St. Nicholas’ story goes something like this, There was a poor man who had three daughters. He was so poor, he did not have enough money for a dowry, so his daughters couldn’t get married. (A dowry is a sum of money paid to the bridegroom by the brides parents on the wedding day.) One night, Nicholas, who’s parents had just left a big sum of money to, secretly dropped a bag of gold down the chimney and into the house (This meant that the oldest daughter was then able to be married.). The bag fell into a stocking that had been hung by the fire to dry! This was repeated later with the second daughter. Finally, determined to discover the person who had given him the money, the father secretly hid by the fire every evening until he caught Nicholas dropping in a bag of gold. Nicholas begged the man to not tell anyone what he had done, because he did not want to bring attention to himself. But soon the news got out and when anyone received a secret gift, it was thought that maybe it was from Nicholas. Other stories go onto say that Saint Nick would leave presents in wooden shoes. So children every year would leave their wooden clogs at their doors and wait for Saint Nick to fill them with goodies! Santa’s name is different in every country,  Pere Noel, Sinter Claus, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, St. Nick, Santa Claus etc. Through the years people just kept making up idea’s about this St.Nick fellow. They later changed his name to Santa and developed the ideas of him living at the North Pole, having 12 reindeer (and of course, Rudolph), elves, flying a sled, and so on. So really the whole Santa Claus story originated from a plain ole guy just wanting to share Christmas with others.


What is the true meaning of Christmas? I got one word for you….. Jesus.  “Jesus is the reason for the season.” *thinks about coffee mug*  It tells us here in Luke 1:26-56 about how the angel Gabriel came to a virgin girl who was just 14-15 years old. Her name was Mary. The angel told her she was going to have a child. But, not just any baby, she was gonna have the savior of the world. The bible tells us how Mary had to break the news to her fiance, Joseph. And how the Lord had to show Joseph that everything was going to be alright. In Luke 2:1-40 it talks about how they had to travel all the way to Bethlehem (pregnant Mary rode a donkey) to pay taxes and how there was no room at any of the inns. It tells us how Jesus had to be born in a stable because they couldn’t find a room. It tells us how the shepherds saw the star and heard the angels sing. They followed the bright star and reached the little family in the stable. Matthew 2:1-12 Say that years later wisemen did the same thing. They followed the star and presented the king with gold, myrrh, and frankincense. Christmas is about celebrating the King’s birthday. It’s about thanking God for sending us salvation on a cold winter’s day in a little town called Bethlehem. #christmasstoryinanutshell


 

So, it looks like the FACQ post is now over. *sniffles* If you can think of any more questions, let me know in the comments below.

And just remember we can joke and decorate with Santa but just make sure you always remember and never stray away from the fact that, Jesus is the reason for the CHRISTmas season!

 

A New Series

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Hey y’all. Sorry for not being active lately. Schoolwork, theater, violin, church, ultimate frisbee, and cheer are trying to get the best of my time. Not to mention it’s the holiday season and all. I’m already jamming to Christmas music. #Christmasnut

God laid an idea on my heart that for the next week, every day I will post a bible verse along with a short lesson/or quote that goes with that selected bible verse. This series is entitled, Knowing You Are Special.

My first post of the series will be up tomorrow and the series will continue until next Tuesday, when the week is up. After this series is over I’ll start a new one.

Just wanted to give y’all a head’s up! Tune in tomorrow for the first post of the series. God bless!

Ephesians 6:10-18

Ephesians 6:10-18 

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

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Standing Firm

So, life as a teenager is pretty typical. Schoolwork, texting, friends, family, hang-outs, and guys. Now of course there is alot more to being a teenager than that. But, these are pretty much the things people think about when you say you are living an “average teenage life.”

So, I recently went through something in my life a few months ago. I’d thought I’d share it with y’all. So here it is: (keep in mind the names used in this story are not the real people’s names)

In July my sister and I had the opportunity to go to a christian 4 day summer camp at one of our local churches. The camp enables tweens and teens to socialize, reach out into the community, help the less-fortunate, jam out to praise and worship music, listen to guest preachers, and just have a great time serving, loving, and praising Jesus.

Well, they also had fun games at this camp. And while we were playing one of the games I saw a guy. He looked about my age. Blonde hair. Blue eyes. Tall. Cute. And I assumed since he was at a christian camp, he was a christian too. What more could a girl ask for?

And then to my surprise and delight, he comes over and starts talking to us! One of his close friends was there and after he left his friend came up to me and said “Will definitely likes you.”  And I sat there thinking “wait a minute. Will as in the girl who used to be on our cheer teams brother? The short awkward guy? That Will?” And to my surprise his friend replied “Yep”

So yeah, my insides like exploded with happiness. I never thought the little brother of one of my old cheer friends could turn out like he did. I liked him, he liked me. It was just awesome.

That night he added me on an app called Snapchat. I added him back (why wouldn’t I?) And we talked. We asked each other questions and just talked. I told him about my faith, and asked him if he was a christian (which he replied “Yea” to. Not very convincing now that I think about it)

Well, skip forward a month or two after the camp was over, We ended up going to this church every Sunday and Wednesday night for youth services. Will just happened to go to this church so I got to see him every week. But what’s weird is, he would never talk in person to me.

Another girl started going to youth services there too after the camp around the same time we did. She was pretty, got all the guys, and dated everyone under the sun. Well Ursula and I became good friends and we would always hang out at services.

Well, sometime later guess what happened. Will announced that he and Ursula were going out.

So yeah. Guess how that made me feel. After a month or two of thinking he liked me, he never did. So now my good friend and lying crush are going out.

That’s my story summed up. I skipped a few major details but you get the just of it. Now for the point of the story…

 

Will had told me at one point that he liked girl’s personalities more than looks. I thought about that. I had told him about my faith, I said a few bible verses every now and then, and he knew my faith was important to me. If he was truly a christian he wouldn’t want to go out with a non-christian girl who has dated everyone.

I think now the reason he doesn’t like me anymore is because of my strong faith. I am bold and I proclaim my faith. Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a christian.

And the thing is, I have no regrets. I am glad I proclaimed Jesus.

I’d rather be “dumped” by a guy because of my faith then dumped for some other reason.

“What if you didn’t talk about Jesus so much”, “What if you just had a quiet faith”, “Maybe if you quieted down about Jesus he would like you.” Maybe he would like me then. But I’m not going to shutup my faith for some guy. I won’t shutup about my faith for no one. I have to stand firm. We have to stand firm.

“I LOVE JESUS” – I’m not afraid to say it and you shouldn’t be either

Matthew 10:22 You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

Guys might leave you, friends might turn against you, the world might rise up against you, but you have to stand firm.

It will seem so hard. Trust me. But at the end you will feel so good that you stood firm and you kept the faith.

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Jesus will be proud of you. And when you get to heaven you’ll be able to hear him say “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

People will say “How can you still love God after all you’ve been through.” Well it’s because of what I’ve been through I still love God. He’s gotten me through the thick and thin times. And he is always with me and always will be.

Psalm 54:4 Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.

Psalm 27:3 Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.

 

I hope you’ve made the choice to fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith. Amidst the hardships, difficulties, and struggles life throws at us. Keep proclaiming Jesus, no matter what. So at the end of this life or when Jesus calls us home you can truthfully say, I have fought the good fight, I finished the race, I’ve kept the faith.”

Stand firm.

Acts 20:23-24 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

 

1 Corinthians 9:24-25  Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

 

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Long time no see

Hey y’all. I’m sorry for not posting at all this summer. It’s just been a wild ride and I’ve been extremely busy.

School just started for me today. I’m officially a freshman and that’s going to be a rollercoaster ride in it’s self.

I promise a longer post is coming. I just wanted to give y’all an update.

Jesus loves you ❤

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Happy Easter

Matthew 28:6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay

If Jesus didn’t rise there would be no hope. And we wouldn’t get to spend an eternity with him. We would be punished for our sins in Hell. But he loved us so much, he arose from the dead. On his own. He walked out of the grave, conquered death, and now has made a way for us to have eternal life with him. All we need to do is ask him to be our savior.

And none of this could have been accomplished and given to us if he didn’t rise.

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Matthew 26-28

Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”

18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve.21 And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”

22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”

23 Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him.But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”

25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”

Jesus answered, “You have said so.”

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the[b]covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written:

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    and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’[c]

32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”

33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”

34 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”

35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.

Gethsemane36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.

50 Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”[d]

Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51 With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”

55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.”Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. 58 But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest.He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.

59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward.

Finally two came forward 61 and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’”

62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 63 But Jesus remained silent.

The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God:Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

64 “You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty Oneand coming on the clouds of heaven.”[e]

65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66 What do you think?”

“He is worthy of death,” they answered.

67 Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him 68 and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?”

69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said.

70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.

71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”

73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.”

74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!”

Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Matthew 27

Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor.

When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”

“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”

So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners.That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel, 10 and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”[a]

11 Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

“You have said so,” Jesus replied.

12 When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. 13 Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” 14 But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.

15 Now it was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisonerchosen by the crowd. 16 At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus[b] Barabbas. 17 So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 18 For he knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him.

19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”

20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.

21 “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor.

“Barabbas,” they answered.

22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.

They all answered, “Crucify him!”

23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.

But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”

25 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”

26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

32 As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. 33 They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). 34 There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. 35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. 36 And sitting down, they kept watch over him there.37 Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is jesus, the king of the jews.

38 Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads40 and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” 41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42 “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue himnow if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,[c] lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).[d]

47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”

48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and[e] went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

55 Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph,[f] and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a sealon the stone and posting the guard.

Matthew 28 

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened.12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!
2 Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!
Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

 

He lives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!