“The Beginning Of The Journey”

In ancient times, the crucifixion of murderers, bandits, or other enemies of the state was commonplace and the public display of such an extraordinarily cruel and presumably painful method of punishment would likely have provided a deterrent to many who might consider similar actions as those condemned to that fate. It is easy to imagine that such an event drew large crowds, much like the hangings popular in the wild west of this country in the 1800’s.

A little over two thousand years ago, one man in particular was nailed to a cross, along with two robbers, and he hung there until it was determined there was no longer any life in his beaten and bloodied body. This man was different than the men on either side of him,  he was different than all those who were crucified before him, and he was also different from all who would come after him. It is probably safe to assume the crowds for this particular execution were bigger than all others. After all, this was no ordinary robber or murderer. This was the man they called Jesus of Nazareth who was purported to be the long-awaited Messiah.

This was the man who claimed to be the Son of God.

The fact that a man named Jesus died on a cross has never really come into question. Conversely, his claim to be the Son of God has been debated, disputed, and denied ever since. However, if this man’s claim were untrue, I would be unable to type these words you are reading. If this man’s claim were untrue, I would still be a prisoner.

But I am alive today because of his death on the cross, and I am freer than I have been in my entire life. Simply put, my ability to type these words comes from the fact that He is who He claimed to be, and over time I will demonstrate how I have come to believe  this to be true. It is my prayer that, also over time, those who do not believe Jesus of Nazareth truly is the Son of God will come to search their own hearts and discover their own ability to trust that our only Hope is in God, and believe in the truth that He loves each one of us so much He allowed His only begotten Son to die in a horrible manner in order that we all might gain eternal life.

My name is Tony Casson. I am glad you have decided to visit and I hope you come back. I look forward to getting to know you, to all of you getting to know me, and all of us getting to know God.

Come along and discover just how beautiful the path to freedom can be.

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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4 Responses to “The Beginning Of The Journey”

  1. Diane says:

    Hi Tony! Praising God that He never gives up in helping us find that “path to freedom” which is, without a doubt, true freedom. Looking forward to continuing this journey from The Oakdale Chronicles to The After-Oakdale Chronicles. May God continue to bless you and inspire your writings.

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  2. Donna Amoroso says:

    We all need freeing from something. This is such a good reminder, who the rescuer is and to faithfully reach out and genuinely trust Him to free us! Thanks Tony!

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  3. deedee says:

    Lord, thank You for Your faithful servant Tony who will continue to be Your instrument in a world that needs to hear You. You have chosen a man who speaks to the hearts of many and points all of them to Jesus! 1 Peter 4:11

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  4. Diane W says:

    1 Peter 4:11 New International Version (NIV)

    11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

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