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thomashenry
04-18-2014, 08:50 AM
Isaiah 53:3-9

"He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth."


"HE cried out with a loud voice and gave up HIS soul. At that very moment, the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, the earth shook and rocks were split." ~ Matthew 27:51


What appeared at first to be a tragedy was in fact a triumph—because by His death on the cross Jesus Christ purchased our salvation. We are separated from God because of our sin, and because we are sinners we have no hope of eternal life. God is pure and holy, and even one sin—just one—would be enough to keep us out of heaven. But by His death on the cross, Jesus Christ became the perfect and final sacrifice for our sins, and because of that, heaven's door is now open to all who put their faith and trust in Him. And that's why we can call the day on which Jesus died "Good Friday." In fact, it was the greatest Friday in the history of the human race, because on that day Jesus Christ won our salvation. At one time, the Bible says, we were "without hope and without God in the world" (Ephesians 2:12). But now we have hope, because Christ died for us

paolo59
04-18-2014, 11:35 PM
Ha! Got a little Easter card from a family member today. I'll just pass along the sentiment. "He is not here for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."

"Why seek ye the living among the dead?" :)

Believer? Not a believer? There's a lot of truth in scripture. Dead leaves are blown away by the wind for a reason. New life springs up, year after year. You think there's nothing but pain, loss, and 'holes' in your life? :) If you live long enough, there will be. Ha ha! But Spring is in the air! :) Resurrection brothers and sisters! :) A blessed, happy, joyful Easter for one and all!