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empty-tombWe went to a Maundy Thursday service at a local church last night.  It was a dramatic, musical experience entitled “The Living Last Supper.”  It wasn’t a big production, but it came with a lot of punch.  Jesus and his disciples were around their table for the Last Supper.  Each disciple narrated who he was in relation to Christ, each ending their narration with, “is it me, Lord?  Will I be the one who betrays you.”

I was struck with the reality that if I had lived when Jesus walked this earth, I most probably would be someone who would betray him.  I don’t like that about myself, but I know how weak I am.  When I think of early church persecution, I marvel at their faith … never wavering.

Today on this Good Friday, over 2000 years ago, Jesus was spat upon, mocked, stripped, beaten, betrayed, and hung on a cross to die.  Not a lot has changed in all those years … the world is still persecuting Jesus and His followers.  The Good News is we know Sunday’s coming and celebrate the hope and resurrection we have in Jesus.

 

How great His love
How perfect His redemption,
To provide the Lamb,
His precious Son,
To die for us,
To purchase our salvation,
How great His love,
How great His love for us!

By Ruth Elaine Schramm

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3)

 

 

Tagged: Easter, hope, Jesus, Last Supper, persecution, resurrection

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