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As Easter approaches, the Western world goes crazy about Chocolate!
Does Easter have another deeper and more significant meaning?
Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!
Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and having salvation,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
The prophet Zechariah predicted that the King would arrive on a colt.
Jerusalem would witness the righteous Messiah bringing salvation.
About 500 years later, Zechariah’s prophecy came true:
When they [the disciples] brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people [from Jerusalem] spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’
‘Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!’
‘Hosanna in the highest heaven!’
Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts.
Jerusalem witnessed Jesus riding a colt into the city.
They welcomed him as their King and Messiah.
This event is still remembered 2,000 years later.
Palm Sunday marks Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
Less than a week later, Jesus was crucified on a cross.
Three days later Jesus was raised from the dead.
Easter celebrates Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Jesus was righteous and did not deserve to die.
But he chose to die in our place taking our punishment.
The punishment for our sins is death.
Jesus saved us from eternal death and hell.
Jesus went to hell in our place.
God raised Jesus to life again on Easter Sunday.
God crowned Jesus the King of the Universe.
Jesus offers us eternal life in his heavenly kingdom.
This new life is far better than all the chocolate in the world!
Sadly 2 Egyptian churches were bombed on Palm Sunday.
More than 40 Christians were killed by suicide bombers.
Egyptian Christians have been terrorised for several years now.
This Christian minority faces violent persecution from the religious majority.
These recent attacks occurred on an important Christian day.
Australian leaders have condemned these as an attack on freedom of religion.
These terrorists tried to disrupt Easter celebrations.
Terrorism highlights that our world needs Jesus’ salvation more than ever.
The importance of Easter will never be silenced by terrorists.
Followers wait for Jesus to return to judge the world.
Followers know that Jesus will judge these terrorists.
So there is no need for Christians to take revenge against terrorism.
Instead we join the world in opposing radical terrorism.
We condemn the lies told to suicide bombers by radical preachers.
As Christians, we forgive our enemies just as God forgave us through Jesus – the real meaning of Easter!
Jesus will also judge those who have not accepted his gift of eternal life.
Are you ready to face Jesus’ judgement?
Do you have the hope and assurance of eternal life?
For followers, how does Jesus reign in all aspects of your life?
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