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Easter- Christ is risen

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!

This declaration is familiar in many churches. As a triumphant statement of Christ's victory over the grave, it is a bold message for all to hear on Easter morning.

Gotquestions.org claims that this traditional Easter greeting in the Western church has sometimes been accompanied by the exchange of three kisses on alternate cheeks. Apparently a very old custom, it is sometimes called the Paschal greeting.

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Take a Deeper Look at St. Patrick’s Day

We in the church don't make much of St. Patrick's day. The March holiday conjures up images of green beer, the green river in Chicago, parades, and shamrock cookies. Fun stuff for some. Dangerous for others, as victims of binge drinking might be able to tell you if they are still with us.

Why do we celebrate this day? Who was St. Patrick? Is there any message for the church in this story?

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The Gospel

The hymn writer Anne Cousin wrote, “Jehovah lifted up His rod; O Christ, it fell on Thee! Thou wast sore stricken of Thy God; There’s not one stroke for me. Thy tears, Thy blood, beneath it flowed; Thy bruising healeth me.” 

Why did Jehovah lift his rod and strike Christ? It was because Christ was our substitute on the cross. This is the heart of the cross. 1 Peter 3:18 says, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous”. Christ suffered for the unrighteous. This means that the punishment he received was the penalty they deserved. Paul, in 2 Cor. 5:21, tells us that Christ was made sin for us so we could be made the righteousness of God in him. Christ was made sin. 

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God, Our Great Adventure

The Chronicles of Narnia have been a long time favorite for people of all ages. In this story, the Pevensie children are evacuated from London to the English countryside because of World War II. There they stay with Professor Digory Kirke, and in his house, they find a magical wardrobe. It is a door into another world, the wonderful world of Narnia. Full of dwarves, talking animals, and magic. Now, picture with me in your mind a huge mansion with thousands and thousands of rooms, each of them containing a magical wardrobe. Each of these wardrobes gives entrance into fantastic magical worlds full of sights and smells you never dreamed of. Then, let your imagination run a little further and imagine that each of these worlds contains mansions with magical wardrobes that give entrance into more magical lands, and on and on it would go. This is only a very unsatisfactory illustration of the vastness of God’s character and glory. 

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Go to Sleep, God Has the Wheel

I remember driving with my Dad at night when it would rain hard, and as a kid, I was afraid. I thought to myself, “How could he see? What about all of the cars around him?” However, time and time again, I would drift off to sleep in the back of the car. You see, no matter how dark and stormy the road, my Dad had the wheel, and I trusted him.

I'm reminded of a story about the English Reformer martyr, Nicholas Ridley. Nicholas Ridley was a Bishop of London who lived during the times of the Marian persecution of Protestants. The night before Ridley was to be executed, we find recorded that when asked by some friends if he would like them to stay up with him that night, he said, “No, no, that you shall not. For I mind (God willing) to go to bed, and to sleep as quietly tonight, as ever I did in my life.” 

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