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"Bit by bit, we will realize that hoping with Jesus is learning to already see the plant inside the seed, Easter in the cross, life in death".
Today is an opportunity to think about that. The New Testament proclaims that Jesus was crucified, died a physical death, was buried within a tomb, and then rose from the dead three days later, now celebrated as Easter. These 12 people represent the disciples of Jesus Christ.
Heaven for us begins right here on earth - when we begin to follow Jesus, when we begin to seek the kingdom, that God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven. There's the chorus to an old hymn that means so much to me that I would like to share it with you now. Because in Christ's suffering and death, Christians believe that God took on every ounce of human reality - the suffering, the pain, and even death itself - so that evil no longer would no longer be the final answer. No one is ideal and we all have shortcomings. The Bible says in Romans 3:23, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God". We are all sinners.
This weekend we will join with countless Christians around the world to commemorate the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
That is the glorious message of Easter.
Indeed, God is a God of second chances, third, fourth and a hundred chances. If we do not know him, we need to meet him. Today, we still color and decorate eggs.
Easter is a good time to reintroduce others to the literal, bodily resurrection of Jesus as the foundation of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3,4).
"Easter reminds us that God is forgiving, He is gracious and there is victory in Him as well as love", added. Who doesn't want such a gift?
"Jesus talked about himself as the innocent lamb who takes on all the sins of men and women through history, and by shedding his blood he asks his father to forgive his sins", the Bishop noted.
But what is really newsworthy is what this story tells us about ourselves.
Although we often overlook the spiritual implication for the Transfiguration, yet Christ's glorification in the presence of His disciples was God's "evidence" for the Resurrection before the "reality" of the Resurrection actually occurred.
The word Maundy is derived from the Latin antiphon Mandatum Novum meaning 'a new mandate.' It is observed a day prior to Good Friday.