Friday, April 22, 2011

Holy Thursday Running; Good Friday Walking

by Steve Ray on April 22, 2011

Before I left Jerusalem yesterday, I ran through the Old City following the events of Holy Thursday. Thought people would like to see it with their own eyes :-)

I also just made a video of our group walking the Via Dolorosa from the Trial of Jesus by Pilate to Calvary and the Tomb – on location.

I made each video in a half hour on my iPhone this morning. I added illustrations and pictures, sound effects and music. Hope you enjoy them. Happy Easter.

Running through Holy Thursday

Walking through Good Friday


Where was Jesus on Holy Saturday?

by Steve Ray on April 22, 2011

Hell Descent.jpgHe was in the tomb, of course. Soldiers guarded the tomb and a seal had been placed on the stone. His dead and bloodied body lay wrapped in the shroud of burial.

But in 1 Peter 3:18 we are told that while his body lay cold in the tomb, he was moving around preaching the Gospel!

For Christ also died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit; in which he went and preached to the spirits in prison.

1 Peter 4:6 says that the gospel was preached to the dead:

For this is why the gospel was preached even to the dead, that though judged in the flesh like men, they might live in the spirit like God.

Paragraph 632 of the Catechism says,

The frequent New Testament affirmations that Jesus was “raised from the dead” presuppose that the crucified one sojourned in the realm of the dead prior to his resurrection. This was the first meaning given in the apostolic preaching to Christ’s descent into hell: that Jesus, like all men, experienced death and in his soul joined the others in the realm of the dead. But he descended there as Savior, proclaiming the Good News to the spirits imprisoned there. Paragraphs 633 and 634 add more light on Jesus’ descent into hell.

Remember the story of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19-31)? Jesus tells of those in the afterlife. The Bible does not tell us everything, but what it tells us is true and gives us a glimpse into the unseen world. Jesus will return from the underworld, his body and soul will be reunited and he will rise from the grave–Easter morning is right around the corner. If a video camera had been set up inside the tomb 2000 years ago we would have seen a cold lifeless body rise up and walk out of the tomb.

He is RISEN! He is risen indeed! And because HE has risen, we will rise too!

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Abortion: Where are the Men?

by Steve Ray on April 22, 2011

Letters to the Editor,
Thursday, April 21, 2011,

Where are all the men? Is there no nobility or integrity left?

imagesSeveral weeks ago, one of my friends from Vancouver contacted me to ask for advice. A girl she knew was planning to have an abortion, and my friend needed advice on what to say. Over the next two weeks, I and another one of my pro-life friends from Vancouver, attempted to help her to convince this young woman not to abort her child.

The girl, initially open to discussion, had her phone taken away by her boyfriend, and was eventually coerced into having an abortion by a man who saw his own future as more important than the offspring he had fathered.

This is when a question struck me: what has manhood in today’s culture become when two girls in Vancouver are fighting harder for the life of a child than the baby’s own father? …

…One of my friends who regularly pickets abortion clinics has informed me that we would be shocked to see how many sobbing girls are pushed into abortion clinics by their angry boyfriends and fathers. Perhaps more women would stop being “pro-choice” about killing pre-born children if the fathers of these children would stop being “pro-choice” about actually shouldering their responsibilities, as has been the tradition of true manhood in the past.

That men think that sex is purely recreational and has no consequences is imbecilic and delusional.

That men would send their girlfriends, sisters, and wives to have their bodies violated in an absurd crime against nature and have their offspring dismembered is the most disgusting abrogation of responsibility by males in this century….