Women in the Word – Salome

Moretto_da_Brescia_-_Portrait_of_Tullia_d'Aragona_as_Salome_(detail)_-_WGA16231Salome is not one of the women in the New Testament that one is likely to hear mentioned frequently.  This lady was a follower of Jesus and had the honor of being among the first to learn of his resurrection.  Prior to that, she cared for his needs in Galilee.

The fact that only her name was known is very important.  To God, your name is important, even the number of the hairs on your head are taken into account, meaning God has designed each person and knows them well, even what is hidden. Continue reading


Resurrection Sunday

And behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled away the stone from the door, and sat upon it………and the angel said unto the women, Fear ye not: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  empty-tomb1He is NOT here:  for He is Risen, as He said!

And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.  And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?……………Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified:  He is Risen; He is NOT here!

And they entered in and found not the body of Jesus………….Why seek ye the living among the dead?  He is NOT here, but is risen:……..And they remembered His words.

The celebration of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus is founded upon these verses of scripture.  Initially for those who came to the tomb it was a sad, solemn scene.  Someone had stolen the body of Jesus!  Confusion and disbelief swelled within their hearts.  It was only after the angel of the Lord reassured them that Jesus had risen that their hearts settled within and they were able to remember the words which the Savior had spoken unto them concerning his rising from death.  As the word spread abroad and the disciples actually saw Jesus did they fully comprehend with joy the reality of the resurrection.  What a joyous occasion indeed!

Sadly, many folk today celebrate Easter as a  worldly way of remembering the resurrection of Christ.  Their focus is not necessarily on the empty tomb per se, but rather on a tradition that has it roots founded in the occult.  Actually, the word Easter is only mentioned once in Scripture:  In Acts 12:4 we read the account of Herod having imprisoned the Apostle Peter, intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.  The Greek meaning of Easter is Passover and  refers to the feast days described in Leviticus 23

The vast majority of ecclesiastical and secular historians agree that the name of Easter and the traditions surrounding it are deeply rooted in pagan religion.  When the Puritans came to America they regarded the celebration of Easter as well as the celebration of Christmas with suspicion.  Not until after the Civil War did Americans begin celebrating this holiday.  Easter became and American tradition in the 1870’s, and entire century after its founding!

The following examination of the traditions normally associated with Easter will further help to understand the pagan origin of this celebration:

Lent:  There is not instruction in the Bible to observe Lent.  In ancient times a forty day abstinence period was observed in honor of pagan gods Osiris, Adonis, and Tammuz.  It was observed in the spring of the year and culminated with a day of feasting,  honoring the resurrection of their god, Tammuz who was brought back from the underworld by his mother/wife, Ishtar.  Yep, this god married his own mother.  Yuk!  Ishtar was actually pronounced Easter after whom the festival was named.

easterbasketEaster Eggs:  The origin of the Easter egg is based on fertility lore of the Indo-European races.  The egg was a symbol of spring and it became ‘Christianized’  by bestowing upon it a religious symbol of the rock tomb out of which Christ emerged to the new life of His resurrection.Colorful eggs have been very prominent symbols of new life and resurrection in European and Middle Eastern pagan spring festivals.

Hot Cross Buns:  In Jeremiah 7:18  “The children gather wood, DSC05612  hot cross bunand the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven.  These cakes offered to the queen of heaven are the same hot cross buns that we eat and sing about today.  So, who is the queen of heaven?  None other than Ishtar, the goddess of fertility, Nimrod’s (Tammuz) harlotrous, mother/wife

Sunrise Services:  Sunrise services are mentioned in the Bible.  In Ezekiel 8: 13-18, the Lord describes to Ezekiel, a group of men having their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces towards the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. This vision is a prophecy concerning the sins of God’s people in our time.  Observing sunrise services is serious to God in that he said to Ezekiel that it was not a light thing that the house of Judah committed these abominations which provoked God to anger; the abomination of sun-worshipping.

lens9755711_1267429172Easter_Bunny_Postcard_190Easter Bunny:  And then there is the Easter Bunny!  The Easter Bunny has never had religious symbolism bestowed on its usage, nor is it connected to anything Christian, let alone the Bible.  The Easter Bunny had its origin in pagan fertility lore and from the ‘hare’, the symbol of fertility in ancient Egypt.  Sorry, kids, but the Easter Bunny does not lay eggs!  Truth and logic have been lost in this tradition and the merging with Christianity makes an already idolatrous practice worse.

The entire concept that these symbols are ‘Christian’  is a lie foisted on innocent children.  Hundreds of millions observe idolatrous  feast known as Easter, believing themselves to be honoring the Lord Jesus Christ, instead of the sacred observance of His resurrection.

The actual reason for the season is to remember the death, burial and resurrection of our Savior; not the idolatrous commercialization of Easter.

He was Her Prodigal?

She stood there with the other women in the throng of people who had gathered to witness the event.  Her countenance was heavy, her heart was full of grief and sadness.  The noise and shouts of the crowed were drowned out by the overwhelming ache she felt within her heart. With her head bowed, her thoughts journeyed back to his boyhood days remembering the  joy and excitement which he had brought into their lives.  The lad was the apple of his Dad’s eye, they went hunting together,  fishing and even assembled weekly with others to worship God.  The couple had great hopes and plans for the boy, but alas he fell into the wrong crowd.  Now she was standing there watching her unrepentive son face the consequences for his sin.

She was not alone, yet she felt all alone.   She knew her God was there with her;  but there was also another lady standing near, whose son was sentenced to the same type of punishment.  The reddened tear-stained eyes of the women were focused on their respective sons.  Perhaps there were times when they had eye contact with each other; maybe they occasionally grasped each others hand in a comforting ‘I understand your pain’ grip.  So many thoughts whirled with in her mind…………..perhaps if only she………

Her son was brought up in a home that worshiped God.  He knew right from wrong, but…………..her thoughts came to a 01050180  crucifixionsudden halt………..her ears picked up on a nearby conversation…”What did he do?”   “Did he murder someone?”  “Was he a thief?”   She glanced at the woman beside her, she could see the intense hurt within her swollen eyes. and then it dawned on her…………..he was innocent; a man condemned to death because he was hated by the people.  They are saying that he claimed to be God!  Is He indeed the promised Messiah?

With a renewed understanding the women once again turned and gazed upon the three crosses.  Her son was on the right; the other woman’s son was in the middle.  His name was Jesus.  The crowd grew silent, there was a conversation between those who were being crucified.  She strained her ears to listen.

She heard one of the malefactors say, “If thou be the Christ, save thyself and us”  And then, her son spoke,  “Dost thou not fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?’  And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this man hath done nothing amiss.”  As she watched in amazement she saw her son turn toward this Jesus and say, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.”  Excitement began to fill her heart, is she hearing what she thinks she is hearing?  Can it really be?  All of her doubts were wondrously eliminated once the words of Jesus fell upon her ears.  “Verily, I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”  Her son repented!

This is perhaps the most profound ‘death-bed conversion ever recorded.  This once sorrowful mother of a prodigal son, left that day knowing that he had repented and was with Jesus in glory.  Can you just picture her walking with Mary, together toward their respective homes.  Their souls most assuredly were filled with the wonder of the miracle that just took place at the 72964_501275086580399_349589349_ncrucifixion.  Yet, how much more would they rejoice in just three short days!

This event has been recorded as the Greatest Story ever Recorded.  Jesus was born to die upon Calvary for our sins.  He became sin for us;  He knew no sin.  It began in that manger where he was wrapped in the swaddling burial cloths, a foreshadow of  His Father’s will for Him.  My friend, Jesus ended his earthly life doing exactly what He was called to do – save the Lost.  The thief was saved just  prior to his soul being taken into eternity.  There are two lessons here, maybe three.

1.  We need to continue doing the Lord’s will for our life until He comes again, or takes us home

2.  God gives us every opportunity to repent of our sins while we are alive and remain.

3.  Keep praying for your prodigal………….It may well be that salvation may come to that lost soul.