Several years ago I heard an evangelist relate having listened to a speaker at the Free University of Berlin, who had expressed his conviction that it was not the Sermon on the Mount, but the resurrection of Christ that, caused the apostles and first Christians to turn the world upside down.

      This was so true! It truly was the miracle of the resurrection that not only boggled the minds, but transformed the lives of the early Christians. After all, they were very close-up to the that first Passover that was in preparation when Christ ate the Last Supper with His disciples. (Matthew 26:26-30). At that Passover, Jesus became the Lamb that takes away the sins of the world, as John had said about Him. (John 1:29). A tremendous event had happened that not only shook the world, but also shook the lives of those who believed.

      The power of the resurrection has shook and transformed lives ever since. It shook and changed the life of Saul, the hater of Christians to become the greatest church builder of all time, as the Apostle Paul. It empowered numerous men and women to be willing to sacrifice their lives in the Roman arenas as food for ferocious lions.

      I like to think that Adam and Eve could see the Light at the end of the very long tunnel when they heard God say to Satan (the serpent) -

"I will put enmity between you and the woman, and
between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your
head, and you shall bruise His heel." (Gen. 3:15 NKJV)

      This light began to shine brighter when John said, "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1:29 NKJV). Then on that marvelous day when the words of many prophets were fulfilled, when the Lamb of God was crucified on the cross of Calvary, and He declared in a cry of victory, "It is finished!" (John 19:30) Simultaneously that day Satan bruised the heel of the Promised One, and He bruised the serpent's (Satan) head.

      To picture the bruising of the heel of the Seed and the bruising of the serpent's head, visualize this: a man goes hunting. He is alone out in the wild seeking a deer or elk to take home for meat. Suddenly he is confronted with a deadly serpent (snake). He has two options: shoot him and scare away all the wild game or smash him with the heel of his boot. Since a snake cannot strike backwards, the hunter slowly moves to the snakes rear and suddenly with a sudden forward move, using his heel as a weapon, lounges forward, effectively slamming his full weight onto the snake, bruising, smashing the snake's head with his heel. A direct blow on his head is the only way to kill a serpent or snake.

      Then to add insult to injury the crucified Messiah is buried in a sealed tomb and three days later, or three sunsets and three dawnings of the first day of the week later, Jesus walked out of the sealed tomb. Later an angel opened the tomb, not to let Jesus out, but to let the women see He was not there.

      The power of the risen Christ is still available to all who believe today. He is still the object of our faith and the mainspring of our life. Founded on His resurrection our hope still abides.


      PASCHA is a Greek word used 29 times in the Greek New Testament. Twenty-eight times, in the King James Version, it is translated PASSOVER, and as EASTER, one time, in Acts 12:4. All translations since the King James Version, renders the word PASCHA every time as PASSOVER.

      Just A Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.


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