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3/27/2013 1:09:00 PM
Commentary: Jesus Christ’s message just as powerful 2,000 years later

Dan Engler
Editor


Today, in Good Friday services, and through the Easter weekend, Christians worldwide will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

More than 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ began preaching a doctrine that was foreign to most. His inner circle of disciples joined Him in spreading a message of peace, kindness, love for your fellow man and a promise of salvation for those who followed His teachings.

His message and claim of being the Son of God was a threat to the authorities. The threat was so great that they crucified Him. His final words to those who ordered His death were a plea for forgiveness “for they know not what they do.”

Even in death, He challenged those in power; the very people who ridiculed His teachings.

Jesus’ resurrection three days after His crucifixion is the basic foundation of Christianity. Without Jesus’ resurrection -- prophesied hundreds of years earlier in Old Testament writings ‹ there would be no basis for Christianity. Without His resurrection, Jesus would be just another man.

The resurrection solidified Jesus’ claim of being the Son of God. Jesus’ resurrection fulfills the promise that by accepting His gift -- simply asking Him to take control of your life -- you will have eternal salvation. You will also have a life marked by peace and joy. It also offers a life full of the kinds of challenges that builds perseverance and develops your character.

Today, more than 2,000 years later, His teachings remain. The teachings of Jesus Christ are adhered to by millions of people throughout the world. These “ancient” teachings still have the power to dramatically change lives.

Jesus Christ forever changed the history of mankind.

He continues to do so today.

His message never will be silenced.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: Bill Frerking

There has always been injustice and cruelty from every race or ethnic group throughout history. It comes from human nature. Christ taught to treat others as we want to be treated and in that way to rise above our human nature and be more like God. He also taught that you could tell a tree by it's fruit. Many a bad thing has been done by people claiming they were Christians.

There is much manuscript evidence from non-Christians as well as eye-witness testimony in the scriptures to accept as fact that Jesus lived and died. It is left to faith whether He is the son of God and therefore the sacrifice to atone for the sins of the entire world. I rejoice with Mr. Engler and all believing Christians around the world as we proclaim today that "He is risen, indeed".

Thanks be to God.



Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013
Article comment by: Jeffrey Sismouk

"Being Native American, Christianity hasn't done us any favors." Pretty much and you can add African Americans to Native Americans as well. Forced acquiescence to white man customs, uprooted families, etc. The idea of what Jesus stood for (mostly) is admirable, but there is no one "right" way to be spiritual and a collection of fables and stories with threads of truth in some is no final word on how all should live their human life.

Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013
Article comment by: Colleen Lyons

Amen! Thank you, Mr Engler, for posting this editorial.

Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

I'll see you on the other side?The other side of
what.I understand your stance and respect your
heritage,but would hope you can look at some of the happenings going on around you.Find some lie's in the Bible and study them.
Faith in a higher power is already in your Tribe
just take it and hang onto it.
I believe everyone has doubts at times but I also
know the strength of your spirit will prevail.Good
over Evil will be enough.Safe trails my freind.


Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013
Article comment by: Native Beliver

SD Morningstar, I am also a full blooded (Navajo, born of Honaghanni for Nakai Dine), and I am happy to say I am a christian! It is sad to see how you feel about the Lord Jesus. We are all created in His image, and one day we will all give an account for all actions, word and deed. There are many, many Native Americans who have also come to experience what God can do for a life, and to have a personal Friend in the Lord Jesus. Have a wonderful Easter as we commemorate the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, and soon coming King Jesus Christ!

Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013
Article comment by: Daniel Bartsch

Thank you, Mr. Engler. "He who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before my Father and before the holy angels."

Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013
Article comment by: Bruce Lerum

Thank you to Mr. Engler for using this editorial space to proclaim the greatest truth known to humankind. A blessed Easter to all.

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Article comment by: SD Morningstar

Being Native American, Christianity hasn't done us any favors. I do not understand to "Christian" thing. Christ ( if he even existed, no one knows that for sure) was not a Christian, just some dude wandering around the desert flapping his lips.
So good luck with that and I'll meet you on the other side.....




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