The Saturday

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The Saturday

The Saturday, as is usual for the day after, was quiet.

He was dead and His enemies celebrated the victory, while His followers scattered and fled. They had hoped beyond hope and they believed, probably more wishfully than with confidence, that He was the Messiah.

Now they were despondent. They forgot His constant prophesy that He would be killed and would rise again. They failed to remember His teaching that His kingdom was not of this world, but of the next.

Only His mother had true faith that He would conquer death. But that did not dull the pain of seeing her Son brutally tortured and executed.

However, His enemies had not forgotten the claim that He would rebuild His temple three days after they had torn it apart. In fact, it was that very claim that they had used in the trial against Him the day before.

So on that Saturday the chief priests ...

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The Friday

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The Friday

The Friday was, without doubt, a day of immense mystery and paradox.

It was a day when mankind violently abused all ideas of justice to the fullest extent possible. Yet, it was through the tremendous suffering this caused to the source of all justice that mankind was redeemed.

Each previous night of this week, He had slept and woken in Bethany. But Friday was different. He had no sleep and He was not in Bethany, but was dragged about midnight before Annas. Annas was the father-in-law of the High Priest, Caiphus, and he was a man of great influence.

Annas was the first of four to interrogate Him that day, grilling Him about His teaching and disciples.

He responded:

“I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in the synagogues and in the temple, whither all the Jews resort: and in secret I have spoken nothing.

Why askest thou ...

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The Thursday

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The Thursday

The Thursday was an important day in the Jewish calendar. It was the first day of the Azymes, or unleavened bread. After the sun set, the Jews would celebrate the freedom they gained from the Pharoah.

The story of how this freedom was won is well known. Nine times Moses had asked the Pharoah to set the Jews free. Nine times Pharoah had refused. And nine times a plague was visited upon the land as punishment.

God determined to force Pharoah’s hand. So He sent Moses a tenth time to ask for freedom. If Pharoah refused again, he would invite a terrible punishment; one that he could not ignore for long. But Pharoah did ignore Moses.

That is when God sent the Angel of Death to call the firstborn of every living thing in Egypt. It would only passover those who showed the sign ordained by God: the blood of an unblemished lamb ...

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The Wednesday

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The Wednesday

The Wednesday was the day the betrayal began.

The chief priests and the leaders of the people started it with meeting. It had one item on the agenda: how to apprehend Him and put Him to death.

It was not an easy task to accomplish. The multitude was on His side. Just three days ago they had welcomed Him into Jerusalem as the Messiah. He was lauded as the king fit for David’s throne. But this task was also one that was urgent. If they waited until the Pasch, He might stir up the people and cause a tumult amongst them. That was something the Romans would not be well pleased with.

Suddenly, help came from an unexpected corner. One of the Twelve approached. It was Judas and he had a simple question: what will you give me if I deliver Him to you?

The answer was simple too: thirty pieces of silver. It ...

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The Tuesday

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The Tuesday

The Tuesday was a day of verbal conflict.

It was a day of interrogation. It was a day of cunning and deception and flattery. For the Chief Priests, the Scribes, the Pharisees, the Sadducees and Herodians all sought to test Him.

They did so publicly, hoping to drive a wedge between Him and the one thing preventing them from undertaking the assassination they desired: the will of the mob, come to listen. But their words would not prevail in this regard. Impatience and the fickleness of human nature would succeed where treachery failed.

He went early to the Temple to teach.

First came the Chief Priests, Scribes and Pharisees with the question: by what authority do you act?

He answered with a question of His own: was the baptism of John from heaven, or of men?

It was a question loaded with implications. If they answered from heaven, they would condemn themselves as hypocrites for their ...

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The Monday

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The Monday

On the Monday morning, He woke in Bethany. It was where He would retire to again that night and also on the Tuesday and the Wednesday. It was a short distance from Jerusalem, but it was far enough away to provide safety during the evenings until the appointed time came.

We cannot be sure about the exact movements He made over the next few days, but we can be certain of one thing: He was busy. And so were His enemies.

Luke recorded that He spent the next days teaching in the Temple and that the people came early to hear Him. And that meant He walked each morning into the city and returned each evening.

During His Monday morning journey to Jerusalem, He showed a very human trait: hunger. In the distance was a fig tree. However, when He approached close to it, He found no fruit, just leaves.

Mark observed that this ...

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The Sunday before

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The Sunday before

When dawn broke on the Sunday before, He was in Bethany.

The previous night there was a banquet. It was not any old dinner party either. It was hosted by a man named Simon the Leper. And it was attended by Lazarus. Celebrity diets were probably not part of the conversation; the guests had more exciting cures to discuss.

In fact, not many days previously, Lazarus was dead. For four days Lazarus lay inside his tomb and he was beginning to rot. His sister, Martha, warned that he stank. Yet He called and Lazarus emerged, covered in his burial shroud and bandages.

While He was eating with Simon another of Lazarus’ sisters, Mary, anointed Him with fine perfume. And at this point an uncomfortable truth is revealed about Judas. Judas objected to this. Taking a high-moral soapbox, Judas claimed the ointment could have been sold for more than 300 denarii, with the proceeds ...

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Feminism’s final frontier: battlefield abortion

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Feminism’s final frontier: battlefield abortion

You can either be a bleeding heart loser, or you can live in the real world and win.

That’s the reality that faces any military.

Of course, any sane Australian would hope that the Australian Defence Force would choose the latter option. But, of course, any sane Australian can also see that it has not.

The truth is that the Australian military is pushing the new-age feminist agenda. It’s choosing to become a bleeding heart loser. That’s why it’s trying to increase the number of women in uniform. And not just as a raw number; a token show of diversity while the overall force grows in size. But as a percentage of the total.

And as any Grade 8 school kid knows, if you increase the percentage of something in relation to the whole, you’ll necessarily have to decrease the percentage of something else.

In the case of the Australian Defence Force, this means reducing ...

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Crack SS Gay Brigade storms America

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Crack SS Gay Brigade storms America

Can you hear them?

I’m talking about the jackboots of the crack SS Gay Brigade stomping on a thing called civilisation.

Their owners do not have the same military efficiency as the original SS. Nor do they have the same tasteful dress sense. And they are not yet loading up the unchosen onto cattle wagons.

But they’re headed in the same general direction as Hitler and Himmler and all his pompous, hate-filled and maniacal buddies.

The old SS and the new Pansy Battalions have one thing in common: a totalitarian disdain for freedom.

No one can deny this. It is self-evident.

You only have to google ‘mozilla’ to see the unchecked onslaught against freedom of thought, political opinion and religious belief in its full fury.

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Mozilla is already the sodomite’s paradise. It offers health care for same-sex partners of employees, even in ...

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Sharia Law or Australian Law?

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Sharia Law or Australian Law?

We know what the law says about religious freedom in the home of Islam because the US State Department has helpfully produced a report called the 2011 Report on International Religious Freedom.

And it has devoted an entire section to Saudi Arabia.

And I’ve gone to the trouble of reading it.

And the most important bit is this:

“Freedom of religion is neither recognized nor protected under the law and is severely restricted in practice…The public practice of any religion other than Islam is prohibited.”

Of course, when the Saudis use the word prohibited, they mean it. So they have set up a body called the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. Its job is to go around enforcing Sharia law. And ensuring that the only people allowed to publicly perform marriages between bearded old men and 12 year old girls are state-sanctioned imams.

Presumably, part of their daily ...

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