Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 16, 2005

Expand Messages
  • Adam DeBaugh
    Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 16, 2005 ********** As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press, here is a selection from our new book of
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 15, 2005
    • 0 Attachment
      Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 16, 2005


      As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
      Press, here is a selection from our new book
      of daily devotions, "Living as the Beloved:
      One Day at a Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra

      Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
      meditation. We hope you will be blessed.

      Thank you for forwarding this to your friends.

      The earth shook

      "And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in
      two, from top to bottom; and the earth shook, and
      the rocks were split; the tombs also were opened,
      and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep
      were raised, and coming out of the tombs after Christ's
      resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared
      to many."
      Matthew 27:51-53

      The earth shook while many other strange and frightening
      things began to happen the moment Christ died. The
      curtain of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem was torn
      from top to bottom. Rocks shattered. Certain graves
      actually released their dead, and many corpses of
      known holy people were raised to life. They came
      out of their tombs. How terrifying this all must
      have been. The sun had disappeared and all was dark.
      Where was God in this dark moment in world history?
      I imagine many people huddled in fear and wonder.

      We are told that the raised dead actually appeared to
      many in Jerusalem after Christ was resurrected. Even
      in the moment of Christ's death, death was conquered.
      The power of the grave was shattered forever as faithful
      and holy people were miraculously raised from the dead,
      testifying to God's great grace and power. There were
      many empty tombs the moment Christ died.

      What does this mean for us? We can personally claim
      the Christian hope that we too can experience
      resurrection through Jesus Christ, God's crucified
      and beloved Child. Jesus himself experienced death
      for us and understands our human frailties and fears.
      We can take courage at the moment of our death and
      experience spiritual comfort when loved ones die.
      Death has been conquered forever.

      Someday the dead in Christ will be raised again (1
      Thessalonians 4:13-18). Oh death, where is your
      victory? Where is your sting? (See 1 Corinthians
      15:54-56.) Christ has conquered the grave even in
      death. Death cannot hold him. Death is not the end.
      We have hope beyond the grave (1 Corinthians 15).

      Beloved Christ, you have tasted death for me and offer
      all of us resurrection hope. Help us encourage each
      other with these words. Amen.

      Grace and peace,

      Chi Rho Press

      Please visit the Chi Rho Press Web site. You can order
      using our convenient secure shopping cart and pay on line
      using your credit card! http://www.ChiRhoPress.com

      "Living as the Beloved" is available for $20.95 each
      plus shipping and handling. Six or more copies are
      $15.75 each plus shipping and handing. You can find
      this book on our Web site at

      Subscribe to the Chi Rho Connection, our free twice-
      monthly electronic newsletter, and this Chi Rho
      Reflection, the weekly meditation, by sending blank
      e-mail to mailto:ChiRhoPress-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

      To unsubscribe, mailto:ChiRhoPress-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com.

      [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.