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April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

It means a time of hope and love for many people

For the world’s more than 2 billion Christians, Easter is the day that defines their faith.

The exact date of Christ’s resurrection is unknown, and even the precise locations of his crucifixion and burial are uncertain. This hasn’t stopped some people from saying they know the answer to these questions and others from trying to find out for themselves, or simply arguing about it.

The only important thing about Christ’s tomb is that he isn’t in it. It’s true that the resurrection remains a matter of faith, but we wonder this: Would Christianity have spread so quickly and grown in stature as it has over the past two millenia, if it hadn’t been based on an actual event that people witnessed and marveled at, then told others about?

Even the Muslim faith, which so many Americans unfortunately malign and consider an enemy, regards Christ as one of the prophets.

Christians regard their Savior’s death and resurrection as proof of God’s love, not just for them but for everyone. Christ died so that we may live.

Many are familiar with John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish, but may have eternal life.”

Mentioned less often is John 3:17, which adds, “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

Christ’s new covenant was, “Love one another as I have loved you,” and if practiced more widely it would go a long way toward resolving many of the world’s problems.

It is far more satisfying to love than to hate, not to mention less trouble and less costly. The rewards are great, and the more one does it, the easier it becomes.

Hatred serves only to destroy those who practice it and to poison those who are around them. How one person can hate another, and still call himself a Christian, is hard to understand — yet, it happens.

The overriding message of Easter is one of love and hope. Whoever you are, whatever faith you practice — even if you practice none at all — that is what we wish for you, today and every day.

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