When good comes from evil
Easter Sunday is such a joyous day, it is enraptured by Sunshine, Easter Eggs and Holidays and yet it is so much more.
Before the joy came the pain, and it was the pain of betrayal, belittlement and burial. It might be that you have experienced some of this in your own life?
For Jesus he experienced total betrayal by his close friend, follower and front man. Jesus gave him up to those who wanted to kill him.
The authorities choose to ignore his innocence, belittled, twist the truth, ridiculed and tortured him. They incited the crowds to demand his death.
Like a criminal, he was hung on a cross, sneered at and taunted until he died. Then he was buried.
You would have thought that was the end of the story. The worst had happened. What more could be done. The victors celebrated their win of getting rid, publically of a man who had called himself the Son of God.
But it was not over.
Darkness fell over a whole nation, thick curtains were unexplainably ripped from top to bottom. Joseph from Arimathea, took Jesus’ body and lay it in a tomb.
Jesus’ body was never found. How could it be? When he was raised to life again. He appeared to his disciples and to others showing his wounds and being as real then as he had been before and he continues to appear to people today.
Moaning, Mourning and Misconceptions were dispersed and distress turned into delight.
We continue to celebrate this amazing truth, that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead and is with each of us today (if we want and accept him).
Have a Happy Easter – and no matter how dark your days become, remember evil can never win when you believe in Him.
As you think of the Easter Story, read it for yourself from Luke Chapter 23 and have a listen to these two wonderful songs.
Don Francisco – tells the story through his song, given from the perspective of the thief on the cross next to Jesus. Check out his song here called Too Small a Price.
The other song is from Kelly Mooney who adapted Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, with the words to reflect the Easter Hallelujah. Here, is her story of how God made this happen
Now, let me know if the Easter Story and these interpretations have brought a lump to your throat?
Why do you look for the living among the dead?
Luke 24:5 (NIV)
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