Easter Sunday

Published April 7, 2015 by

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Jesus was not the victim of Judas, the Jews or the Romans.  They were nothing more than the instruments by which He fulfilled His purpose. Yes, in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus expressed fear in asking God to let this cup pass from Him–He knew just how painful His death would be.  In spite of His justifiable fears, Jesus chose to follow God’s will for Him.

If Jesus had named Judas as betrayer during the Last Supper, the disciples would have stopped him, permanently.  Jesus stopped Peter’s assault on those who came to arrest Him.  Jesus refused to defend Himself before Pilate.

Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?”

  Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above.”*

Why did God require Jesus, who was innocent of sin, to die for the sins of others so that they could be forgiven (by God) for their sins?  How could the loving Father of whom Jesus spoke demand a blood sacrifice of anyone?  Even the God of the Old Testament grew weary of the such sacrifices.

I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed cattle.
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
Or of lambs or goats.**

Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil,  Learn to do good; Seek justice,**

Why would God use Jesus as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of others whom He had tried to redeem?  Is it not more logical and much more theologically sound to suggest a far grander purpose in the crucifixion and resurrection?  Are not these two events the ultimate teaching tool in the hands of the Master Teacher?

If you surrender to God’s perfect will for you with absolute faith in God and in His love for all of creation, then you will experience the joy of the kingdom of heaven here and now!  We were never meant to follow Jesus to the literal cross nor to bear the burden of blood guilt through all time.  We were created in the image and likeness of God to fulfill His purpose for us here and now on earth.

The resurrection is the raising up of the whole man–spirit, soul and body—into the Christ consciousness of life and wholeness.  Every time we rise to the realization of eternal, indwelling life, making union with God Mind, the resurrection of Jesus Christ takes place within us.***

A single man’s reach is limited by time and space, yet because of the Crucifixion and Resurrection, Jesus’ message has conquered all time and all space through the work of those who were empowered by His life and death.  The Romans, who ruled the known world by the power of their divine rulers, thought they had eliminated the risk of revolt by killing Jesus.  The Resurrection demonstrated just how wrong-headed they were.

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.****

                  Rev. Claudia Naylor

John 19:10-11,*

Isaiah 1:11,16**

Charles Fillmore***

John 14:12****

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