Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Reflection

This week, Holy Week, we Christians remember and celebrate the death and resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ.  Even now, after over two-hundred years of sustained secular attack, with a helping hand from liberal theology, in which the story has been either debunked altogether or reduced to mere metaphor, millions still stubbornly cling to and express their core belief that Jesus Chrtist is indeed Lord, that he, literally, "...was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead..."

We do this in spite of our uncountable sins and shaming hypocrisies.  How so?

Among the surest signs of genuine faith is an attendant confession that even that faith, most especially that faith, is itself a gift from God.  As the prophet Jonah cried from the dark, consuming belly of the beast, the beast that had swallowed him whole, "Salvation is of the Lord."

Happy Easter everyone!

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