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APRIL FOOLS’ DAY

APRIL FOOLS’ DAY...is a time of pranks, practical jokes and hoaxes. It is sometimes referred to as All Fools’ Day. There are many stories of its origin but there seems to be agreement that it began in Europe. When was the earliest date is uncertain, but definitely before the 19th Century. And why April 1 is not known for certain, but there are several opinions.
The jokes and their victims are called April fools. People playing April fool jokes often expose their prank by shouting ‘April fool’ at the unfortunate victim(s). Some newspapers, magazines and other published media report fake stories, which are usually explained the next day or below the news section in smaller letters. Many people are so gullible and naïve; they are prime targets for any prankster. I have found the earlier in the morning the joke or prank is played, the better. The victim is less likely to be on guard.
This year, this actual morning, falls on Sunday, the same day as Easter, or Resurrection Sunday…that would be today! As I was focusing on this, I had a very secular sick joke cross my mind. What if two thousand years ago, three women at Jesus’ tomb wanted to create the first hoax to fool the disciples? And they spread the story that day that Jesus had risen from the dead and was alive. Is that really a stretch, for did not the Romans and Jews create a similar story?
No, friends, Romans, Jews and countrymen, it is NOW and was NOT then a hoax! God did raise his Son, Jesus, from the grave. 
How many men would have risked their livelihoods and their very lives to become martyrs, as did the Apostles, just to defend a practical joke? Most everyone in Jerusalem either saw the crucifixion or heard firsthand reports of Jesus’ death. No room for jokes there! But, a man being freed from the grave on the third day would have been a sick joke, at least to the believers.
Some time earlier, Jesus spoke to Martha and Mary after bringing their brother Lazarus back from the dead saying; “I am the resurrection and the life’. He who believes in Me, though he die, he shall live.” (Jn. 11:25) When leaving the temple, after cleansing it of its corruption, Jesus pointed out that he would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days. Even the Psalmist prophesied: “For You will not allow Your Holy One to see corruption.” (16:10b)
And after he rose to life, he appeared to many and even ate with the Apostles on the seashore. This is not like a retraction by a newspaper; this is fact, eyewitness truth. Today, in this continuing generation of April Fools’ jokes, and so much ‘fake news’, it is easy for millions to just pass the story of Jesus off as just another old wives’ tale.
The focal point of all human history revolves around Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. It is the only true message of redemption and hope. We, as believers who have been transformed by this truth, need to proclaim it until He comes again or we go to be with Him.
Most of the Apostles gave their lives. They were simple unlearned men who were convinced and empowered by the Spirit to tell as much of the world as they knew about the resurrected Jesus, and so should we. We have the same message of salvation, the same Holy Spirit and so many more means of sharing the gospel than ever before.
Hallelujah and Amen!
And friends, that is no April Fools’ joke!
Aren’t you glad!
 
Copyright 2018
Bill C. Dotson
www.lifespeakstous.com
bill@abidingfathers.org
Scriptures taken form the NKJV

Some info on April Fools’ Day taken from Wikipedia

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