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The crosses of the Holy Sepulcher

Good Friday and Easter is what the Christian faith is all about. These days are both solemn as well as joyous.

Good Friday is a day of reflection. The “good” that came out of this horrific event of Christ’s crucifixion was our forgiveness of sins. Jesus, out Pesach Lamb died for our sins.

The joy of Easter of course is a result of the resurrection. It is where hope is found. As Paul says it best, if the resurrection did not take place, our hope would be in vain (1 Corinthians 15). We are invited to live in the power of the resurrection (Philippians 3).

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Marbel cross in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem

In Israel it is always moving to see various groups carry a wooden cross on the Via Dolorosa. Each station of the cross is visited. Songs are reflectively sung, Scripture is read. The last five stations are within the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the traditional place of both crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

Both Good Friday and Easter convey the depth of God’s love for us.

Video: How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (warning: the video contains a graphic display of Christ’s crucifixion. It may not be appropriate for children).

 

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