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Easter is a time for reflection. And a time of hope.

Easter nowadays is consumed with winning the wallets of people, the passion of children, and deteriorating health according to the volume of chocolate on display all around. I loathe the way society has twisted this to benefit big business. But this is not the purpose of this post today.

The true story of the first Easter, it is a very sobering one. There is so much in the story to talk about. What stands out to me this Easter is the story of redemption. At church this morning our Pastor spoke of the cricket incident and the way that event has impacted the men involved, their families, and Australia in general. The amount of shame and regret. Jesus takes this away at no cost when he died for us. Our Pastor spoke about Easter as a time of hope.

One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Luke 23:39-43

I wanted to share some songs to meditate on over Easter. And some passages we read today, on the great sacrifice that Jesus made for all, and what it means for us.

My story:

“then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more””

Hebrews 10:17

You love me anyway:

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

Colossians 2:13-15

All the Poor and Powerless:

“So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”

Romans 7:21-25

Jesus died.

For me.

For you.

Then he rose again.

We all have a choice to make. Just like that thief on the cross.

18 thoughts on “Easter.

  1. Being a ignorant hillbilly from the United States I have never heard of this “cricket event”. I am intrigued. Could you point me to a link or two where I can read about it? One thing I regret about delving into apologetics is I now know the truth about the origins of some of our most precious holidays. I do not celebrate easter. Or most traditional holidays for that matter. Regardless of my babbling, nice post. Well thought out and the placement of the graphic elements was pretty good. Nice job! 🙂

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    1. https://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/cricket/road-to-redemption-starts-here-steve-smiths-journey-to-redemption-starts-here/news-story/2eb458b178b6334a2d065f71442e2d07

      Is an article I’ve found for you. It’s probably not something that has made big news in United States!! When you say you don’t celebrate Easter do you mean the commercialised aspect of it? I’m going to buy my children a chocolate each (I’m thinking maybe just regular chocolate?) but I’m planning on explaining what Easter means to our family.

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      1. Thank you for the link, but all I see is a pay to subscribe button. I do not celebrate easter at all. Or christmas. Or valentines day or st patricks day. I do observe Passover and the festival of lights (part of Hanukkah). And no I am not Jewish 🙂 If you wish to know more I will gladly respond, but be forewarned. Apologetics, or the defense of the faith as its called, can be dangerous to a christian’s faith, especially for new believers who are not deeply rooted in the word. By the way. Jesus was born on September the eighth, 4 A.D. But they did get what they call easter right as far as the time of year. 🙂

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  2. Ahh the sport cricket. No, we do not have that here. There may be a team at one of the large universities on the east coast? As for Ravi Zacharias. Yes he is ok. I will remain silent on my personal reasons for not celebrating certain holidays. Have fun with the kids and the chocolate bunnies. They should enjoy those for sure.

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