"For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. "No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father." (John 10:17-18)
Let us take an opportunity on this Easter Sunday to remember just why we celebrate – Our Christ Has Risen!
Today, people around the globe gather to remember, honor, and reflect on events that happened some two thousand years ago in a micro-spot on the world map. It is a good time to take a break from the relentless and, at times, tedious debate about politics and policies. Let us, for a moment at least, focus on a simple yet profound scenario -- one that can be described succinctly and received joyously.
It is called the Gospel.
The word itself comes from the idea of "good news" or "glad tidings." It is intended to convey the idea of divinely directed redemption and deliverance. It is also a reminder that there is hope -- now and in the future.
It is all too easy to get worked up into a lather over issues that polarize people. I am not suggesting that these issues lack importance, but as I read the biblical record, I find it endlessly fascinating that a small group of people, from ordinary backgrounds and with few natural gifts, could make such a difference in their world and subsequent history.
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Enjoy your time with friends & family today.