He is Risen

Let's go back to Good Friday. As we read the Gospel stories of the crucifixion of Jesus, we see that almost all the disciples of Jesus deserted him when faced with the apparent disaster of the cross. With their leader dead and their hopes in shambles, they found themselves living in considerable apprehension. They were feeling helpless and hopeless, discouraged and disillusioned, empty in heart and broken in spirit. Life for them seemed to come to an end. The light had gone out of their hope. There seemed to be no tomorrow for them. Three years with Jesus, three years of following him, three years of being his disciples, and now they had to try to understand his stunning death and the numbin

Good Friday

Hebrews 10:16-25 There is something deeply moving about Good Friday. Good Friday invites us to come to the cross. It beckons us to stand or kneel in awe before the reality of this night. The words of John Bowring’s great hymn portray the essence: “In the cross of Christ I glory, towering o’er the wrecks of time” The truth we know well. The cross was a cruel form of the death penalty used by the Roman Empire as deterrent. Today’s equivalent is the electric chair or the syringe for a lethal injection. Yet for many, the cross is simply a nice piece of jewelry; a dangling bauble to hang on a chain. This night invites us back to the strange world of the first Holy Week and thrusts us forward into

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