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Easter, a time for reflection

"Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:4-6.

In a few lines Isaiah describes the arrival of one who would come to suffer a horrific death to save those who as he says, "have turned away," to do their own thing. Christians, both past and present, have seen in these words a picture of what Jesus would endure over a thousand years later.

Today is Good Friday, the day Jesus went to the cross for those who, "have gone astray;" those who, "have turned—everyone—to his (or her) own way" On a hill called Golgotha (the place of the Skull), the Lord, "laid on him the iniquity of us all."

According to Wikipedia, "Jesus' crucifixion is described in the four canonical gospels, referred to in writings by Paul the Apostle, attested to by other ancient sources, and is firmly established as an historical event confirmed by non-Christian sources." While many concede to the historical facts of the crucifixion, it is the spiritual elements which can cause a stir.

After all to recognize Jesus, as the Son of God, who came and died on a cross for the. "iniquity of us all," ,means a choice must be made as whether to accept or deny Jesus as Savior, something a lot of people don't want to accept.

Good Friday and Easter are a time to reflect on the whole Easter story, thank God for what He did for and to show gratitude by living a life pleasing to him.

Easter is also a time for those who are skeptical to do some research in order to make a more educated decision about the whether Jesus was as C.S. Lewis said, either a "liar, lunatic or as He said, "Lord".

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