Alleluia! He is Risen!! We pay attention to the Easter Story as the Story that is the core and foundation of our faith. We notice the opening words of Paul's great 'resurrection chapter' - 1 Cor. 15 - where he expresses our faith in the form of a creed. He draws attention to its importance by declaring 'For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance...' He continues with 4 points each beginning with the word 'that': 1) that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; 2) that he was buried; 3) that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures; 4) that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. This Easter Story in a nutshell is designed to give confidence to all believers! They help us to Know Confidently so that we may Live Fully! Paul's invited response may be seen at the end of the chapter: "Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."
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We join the crowd today as Jesus goes into Jerusalem and as we observe this event as it is described by Matthew we ask some questions. What did this event mean to the Romans? What did it mean to the people of Israel? What did it mean to Jesus? The people of the day proclaimed Him as king without a true awareness of what they were saying. Today we have the privilege to proclaim Him as King of Kings from the perspective of history and we also look forward to the day when "a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language" will stand around the throne of God and will say together: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." We celebrate the Kingship of Jesus today!
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