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Scientists Discover Whole-Body Regeneration Switch

Resurrection Easter Hope

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2019-04-18

Scripture: John 11:25 ; Philippians 3:11

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Harvard Scientists have discovered a DNA power switch that controls genes for regeneration, with the potential to adjust the range of regeneration. It is hoped that the discovery will one day lead to the ability to regrow limbs, like the salamander, or mimic the jellyfish's ability to regenerate their entire bodies after being cut in half.

But it's Christians who should be most excited by this discovery, for we know the One whose hand is on the switch. After all, God wrote the code!!

APPLICATION

What makes this a double discovery is that it was found among what scientists call "Junk DNA," DNA that was allegedly left lying around by Evolution, with no real purpose. What an incredible treasure to find amongst the so-called "junk!" Finds like these demonstrate that there really is no such thing as "Junk DNA," just junk science!

Rather, there is a purpose behind all of the code our Creator has written into our DNA. Just because we have yet to discover its purpose doesn't mean that it has no purpose. It just means there's a lot we don't know.

But there is no excuse for ignorance when it comes to regeneration.  The Scriptures inform us that it is God's intent to one day make full use of that whole-body regeneration switch!

When Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die," wasn't He also saying, "Don't worry, the code for whole-body regeneration is real and I know that code!"?

Do Bunnies Lay Eggs?

Easter Truth Apologetics

Source: “'Do bunnies lay eggs?': A surprising number of people don't know,” Womans Day, Taysha Murtaugh, Lifestyle Editor, Mar 27, 2018.

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-04-21

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:4

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Taysha Murtaugh, with ABC's Woman's Day, writes: 

According to Google AdWords, the phrases Do bunnies lay eggs and Do rabbits lay eggs each receive between 1,000 and 10,000 average monthly searches. That's a pretty big number, which leads us to believe that people sincerely do not know.

... Allow us to clear this up: No, bunnies do not lay eggs. As placental mammals, rabbits develop embryos inside a uterus and, after a pregnancy lasting about 31 to 33 days, give birth to a litter of often 12 or more bunnies.

If you found your way to this article by searching that very question, don't feel too bad. There's probably a reason for your confusion, and that's Easter. The Christian holiday, of course, has two very famous symbols, bunnies and eggs, with the former delivering the latter.

So why is there an Easter bunny when rabbits do not lay eggs? The idea actually comes from a pagan celebration of spring, which was eventually linked to the religious holiday. According to the legend, following a long winter, the goddess of spring, Eastre, turned a frozen bird into a snow hare that could lay colorful eggs. 

APPLICATION

When it comes to religion, there’s a lot of contradictory information out there.  Besides the confusion over whether bunnies lay eggs, there’s another popular myth that needs to be debunked.  It's the one that suggests that all religions are essentially the same. 

This is where the Easter story really helps to clear things up.  The resurrection, and the hope that it provides of victory over sin and death place Christianity in a class all by itself. Only Christianity offers a resurrected, victorious Jesus who came to die for our sins.  Only Christianity offers a Savior who rose again.  Only Christianity offers proof positive of life beyond the grave. 

Easter teaches us the uniqueness of the Christian message. So don’t lay an egg when it comes to the Easter story.  Know the myth from the reality.  

"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures" (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). 

Disaster On The East River

Easter Assurance Salvation

Source: "NTSB Releases Preliminary Report On Deadly East River Helicopter Crash" by Staff Writers, CBS New York, March 26, 2018

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-03-31

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8

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Nine years after "The Miracle on the Hudson," tragedy takes place on the East River as 5 five lives are lost in a helicopter crash.  The New York helicopter crash that killed everyone on board except the pilot was caused by a series of safety failures. The ill-fated flight had been chartered for a private photo shoot by the five passengers. 

The fuel shut off valve was intended to be a safety feature but was accidentally engaged during the flight, forcing the helicopter into an emergency landing.  The floatation devices were intended to keep the helicopter from sinking but inflated improperly, causing the craft to flip on its side and quickly take on water.  The harnesses were promoted in advertising to reassure those who might feel skittish about leaning out of an open door helicopter flight but instead served to trap the five passengers, sealing their tragic fate.

Three separate safety features actually worked together to do exactly the opposite of what they were supposed to do—save lives.   They promised security but delivered disaster.

APPLICATION

Every year there are those who attend Easter service believing that they are spiritually secure.  After all, they call themselves Christians.  They were born in a Christian family.  They attend church services during the important holidays.  They try to be a good person.  They give to charity.  They treat others the way they hope to be treated.  As they look at all the things they do, they feel they’re going to land safe and sound at their eternal destination. 

What they don’t know is that the very things they’re counting on to securely deliver them will end up working toward their demise.  That's because their confidence in church membership, church attendance, and their own good deeds can't replace the only real source of salvation—the finished work of Jesus. 

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

What's Your Biggest Weakness?

Easter Salvation Weakness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-04-13

Scripture: James 4:10 ; John 3:16

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The Woman With Immortal Cells

Eternal Life Easter Science

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-03-09

Scripture: John 10:28 ; Matthew 21:4

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Man Interrupts His Own Memorial

Easter Resurrection Joy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-28

Scripture: Romans 8:21 ; 1 Peter 3:18

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Magician Raise Thyself!

Resurrection Easter Hope

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-22

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:21

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Palm Sunday Quotes

Palm Sunday Quotes Palm Sunday Easter

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Scripture: Various

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Germanwings Co-Pilot Exits This World In Infamy

Jesus' Love Hatred Easter

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-04

Scripture: Ephesians 3:19

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Like A Shiny New Penny

Easter Children's Lesson Object Lessons

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-04

Scripture: Psalms 51:1 ; 1 John 1:7

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