They shamed his mother at his conception.
They sent her to the animals to give birth.
They killed hundreds of children trying to kill him.
All before he was 2 years old.

He was just a simple carpenter until he left home to teach.
He had no possessions, no job, no home, no place to stay.
He lived his life for others asking nothing in return.
He taught his people how to love God, and to love others more than themselves.
He consoled them, he fed them and he healed them of their sickness.
He loved them and forgave them of their sins and crimes.
He restored sight to the blind and He raised their dead.

For that, they hated him and tried to stone him.
They betrayed him and beat him and took him to court.
He was found innocent, yet they insisted on his death.
The court ruled him to be their king and sentenced him to death.

He didn’t have his own cross. He didn’t have his own grave.
They invented the word “excruciating” to describe the pain he suffered on the cross.

Even while he hung there, he showed love for others.
He comforted the thief beside him.
He assigned a friend to take care of his mother.
He forgave the very people who nailed him to the cross.

They didn’t trust him when he died, so they stabbed him with a spear.
They placed him in a tomb and sealed the door.
Afraid he would escape, they placed guards to watch it day and night,
There he lay for three days and three nights.

But on that morning, when the tomb was opened, he was not there.
His face cloth was neatly folded and set aside.
He escaped death and was seen by all his disciples.
He even appeared before entire crowds.
Hundreds of people saw him teach once again.
Hundreds of people watched as he ascended up to heaven.

Today, April 5, 2015, we celebrate Resurrection Day.
It’s the day my Saviour, my God, my friend, defeated death.
It’s a celebration of Life! His life, My life! – Your life?

 

“He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
(John 1:11, 12.)

 

 

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