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HE IS RISEN, INDEED!THOSE WHO LOVED AND FOLLOWED JESUS MUST HAVE BEEN SO SAD, CONFUSED, SCARED, FEELING HELPLESS AND HOPELESS, ALL NIGHT GOOD FRIDAY AND ALL DAY AND NIGHT SATURDAY. FOR ALL THEY KNEW THEY MIGHT BE NEXT TO DIE....BUT,

WHEN EVERYTHING SEEMED SO 'DARK' FOR THEM, GOD, THE FATHER, WAS AT WORK IN THE DARK TOMB BRINGING RESURRECTION LIFE TO HIS SON, JESUS. THEN CAME THE MORNING AND, AT FIRST JUST MARY, BUT SOON PETER AND JOHN, AND THEN ALL THE REST WOULD KNOW JESUS WAS INDEED ALIVE. FEAR AND HOPELESSNESS WOULD NO LONGER HAVE POWER OVER THE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS!
EASTER MORNING THE STONE COVERING THE TOMB HAD BEEN ROLLED AWAY AND THE TOMB WAS EMPTY. MARY, WITH SOME OTHER WOMEN, WENT TO THE TOMB EARLY THAT MORNING TO CHECK ON THE BODY OF JESUS....AT SOME POINT SHORTLY AFTER, JESUS APPEARED TO MARY TO REASSURE HER THAT HE WAS ALIVE. LATE IN THE DAY OF EASTER TWO MEN WERE WALKING TO THE VILLAGE OF EMMAUS TALKING ABOUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS. JESUS CAME WALKING BESIDE THEM. AT FIRST THEY DID NOT KNOW WHO HE WAS, BUT, WHEN THEY STOPPED IN EMMAUS TO EAT, THEY RECOGNIZED HIM AS HE BROKE BREAD AND ATE WITH THEM..


NEVER FORGET, JESUS WAS A LITTLE BOY HERE HE IS LEARNING FROM JOSEPH, HIS DADDY



RIGHT AFTER HIS BAPTISM IN THE RIVER JORDAN, JESUS WENT INTO THE WILDERNESS TO PRAY HE SPENT 40 DAYS AND NIGHTS REFUSING EVERY TEMPTATION THAT THE DEVIL OFFERED TO HIM
JESUS BEGINS HIS MINISTRY BY READING FROM THE PROPHETS IN THE SYNAGOGUE ON THE SABBATH HE CALLED HIS DISCIPLES FROM THEIR EVERYDAY JOBS AND SAID TO THEM, 'FOLLOW ME'
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PARABLES JESUS TOLD WAS ABOUT A SHEPHERD WHO RESCUED THE ONE SHEEP THAT WAS LOST FROM HIS FLOCK ONE DAY JESUS SAID, 'I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK..WHEN ANYONE HEARS MY VOICE AND OPENS THE DOOR I WILL COME IN....'
ON SUNDAY BEFORE EASTER, JESUS CAME INTO JERUSALEM RIDING A DONKEY. THE PEOPLE WERE SHOUTING 'HOSANNA!'. MOST PEOPLE AGREE THAT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT JESUS DID, THAT REALLY MADE THE TEMPLE LEADERS ANGRY, WAS WHEN HE DROVE ALL THE MONEY CHANGERS AND ANIMAL SELLERS OUT OF GOD'S TEMPLE.


ON THURSDAY NIGHT BEFORE EASTER, JESUS SHARED A MEAL WITH HIS DISCIPLES. THE CHURCH CALLS THAT THE LAST SUPPER, OR THE LORD'S SUPPER. AFTER THEY ATE TOGETHER, JESUS WASHED THE FEET OF HIS DISCIPLES TO TEACH THEM ABOUT HUMILITY AND WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE A SERVANT'S HEART. LATER THAT NIGHT JESUS WENT TO THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE TO PRAY ABOUT WHAT HE WAS GOING TO FACE IN THE COMING DAYS.


DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF GOOD FRIDAY, JESUS WAS BETRAYED BY JUDAS, ARRESTED. THE TRIAL WAS A MOCKERY OF FALSE ACCUSATIONS AND HE WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH. THE ROMAN SOLDIERS BEAT HIM, MADE A CROWN OF THORNS AND JAMMED IT ON HIS HEAD, CALLING HIM 'KING OF THE JEWS'.. THEN HE WAS TAKEN OUTSIDE THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM WHERE HE WAS CRUCIFIED ON A CROSS BETWEEN TWO THIEVES. HANGING ON THE CROSS, HE TOOK AWAY THE PENALTY FOR THE SINS OF EVERY PERSON WHO EVER LIVED..

LATE IN THE DAY ON GOOD FRIDAY, A FRIEND OF JESUS NAMED JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA ASKED FOR HIS BODY IN ORDER TO BURY JESUS. AND, SO IT WAS THAT JESUS WAS BURIED IN A BORROWED TOMB. (ACTUALLY JESUS WAS JUST GOING TO NEED IT FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS...LOL) ALL DAY SATURDAY THE DISCIPLES OF JESUS HID OUT IN AN UPPER ROOM LIKE THIS ONE. THEY WERE CONFUSED AND AFRAID OF WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THEM...MAYBE THEY FORGOT THAT JESUS SAID THAT HIS FATHER WOULD RAISE HIM TO NEW LIFE.

BUT, THEN CAME THE MORNING...AND THEN THEY KNEW...DEATH HAD LOST AND LIFE HAD WON!!!!
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