Editorial: Timeless celebration without end

Apr. 19, 2014 @ 11:53 PM

History has no moment more important for Christians than Easter.

Jesus was with His disciples at the Last Supper during the celebration of Passover. Communion was shared among them. And, to their shock and surprise, He said one would betray Him.

The next day, on what is now celebrated as Good Friday, Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate. The crowd was bullish, and they yielded Barabbas in order to take Jesus. He was mocked, flogged, insulted and a crown of thorns was placed upon His head. Sentenced to die the ugliest of deaths — by crucifixion — He endured agony and disgrace in His final hours.

However, that painful episode is only part of the story. Christians celebrate what happened next.

Around the world today, we sing praises and remember the tomb was empty, and “He has risen!” (Mark 16:6). God’s only Son was the ultimate sacrifice for the promise of everlasting life for the believer.

Our world rocks to and fro with the beliefs and philosophies of days gone by and new horizons yet ascended. But no matter where we stand, we are brethren. We pray God’s love and mercy, his freedom and forgiveness, upon all.

This world and this earth, they were intended to be a special place. Treat others as we would like to be treated, and we will make it so.

From Philippians 2:5-11 (New International Version):

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God, the Father.”