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4/17/2014 2:19:00 PM
Editorial: Message just as powerful 2,000 years later

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 in their minds 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. 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.

His message never will be silenced.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Article comment by: Deaf Ears

From the view of an objective outsider, the simple truth of the matter is that despite the supposedly divine origins of the "message", the "message" has fallen primarily upon deaf ears. One only need look at history and current events to see that for all of the talk about:... spreading a message of peace, kindness, love for your fellow man...(as noted above) the reality is a far, far cry from the expressed ideal.

Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014
Article comment by: Mary Heartman

@ Barnaby Wild:
What relation do the teachings of Gautama Buddha have to Christians' celebration of Easter?

Easter reaffirms the universal Christian belief in a divine creator willing to suffer in order to understand and redeem its creations. Buddhism doesn't contain the concept of a deity capable of empathy with lower orders of existence. This concept isn't antithetical it just don't connect.

@ The Editor:
I think it was the idea that God can and does love all his creations, not the reanimation of a mangled body, that changed the trajectory of Western civilization.

Neither Celtic nor Orthodox Christians had any use for full temporal resurrection. Like Buddhists, both aimed for greater wisdom (spiritual resurrection and transfiguration are synonymous), and for 900 years before the crucifixion, the Celts saw genetics as transmigration. Why be resurrected when you can be reborn? To our denominations, Easter represents God's sacrifice and, therefore, his commitment to mankind's continued spiritual evolution.

Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014
Article comment by: Nora Morse

Yes, Jesus really upset the conservatives in the government and the synagogue.

Lesson: If you don't want to get crucified, don't defy the conservatives!

Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014
Article comment by: Barnaby Wild

Nor will Buddha's message be silenced, who also changed the history of mankind.

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