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The Passion

Perhaps some of you have had the opportunity to view Mel Gibson's film, "The Passion."
What I found so very interesting was all the charges being raised by some that the movie was Anti-Sematic. There were so many who wished to blame someone, or some people for killing Jesus Christ. First, let me point out that the Holy Bible is a factual book of the history of mankind and their interactions with God. That Jesus Christ lived among us on earth at one time in history, few will dispute. But who really was reponsible for killing the Christ?

Isaiah 53:3, in the Old Testament of the Bible states, "He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not."

Jesus Christ revealed Himself to all mankind to be the Son of God, God in the flesh, who came to live among us to teach us what God wants us to know about Him. We have all rejected him. Isai. 53:6 "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all."

Each of us is reponsible for the death of Jesus Christ. We are each one concieved in sin and have become responsible for the cruxcifiction on the cross. But, in the death of Christ, we find the marvelous news that He died that we might live. And, although Jesus died for our iniquities, He gave up His life willingly, as an atonement for our sins. "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed." Isai. 53:5

The stripes that heal us are the wounds from the whips the Roman soldiers scourged him with. The argument as to who killed Christ has been put forth since the beginning of Christianity. Simply studying God's Holy Word clearly shows us that, "....all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23b.

Because Christ died for the sins of all the people of the world, then it is readily apparent that all of us, you and I included, are responsible for nailing Jesus to the cross. The great news is that because of Jesus's sacrifice on the cross, we can have life eternal with Him in Heaven. Romans 10:9 tells how. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in tine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." And "For whosever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Rom. 10:13

Brothers and sisters, go forth in peace, and hold Jesus Christ dear in your hearts.

Bruce Swanson, Chaplain

Happy Easter!
Easter is that time of year that many think of colored Easter eggs, hidden baskets of Easter candy, and family dress up dinners.
But Easter is really a celebration of life. You may ask,

"How can Easter be a celabration, when we are remembering that Jesus Christ was crucified on Easter?"

If you will take your Bibles in hand, and read the descriptions of that crucifixion, and why Jesus died, you will learn that Jesus was not killed, he willingly gave up his life on that cross, and then 3 days later, took his life back up again, to show us that He died, and rose again, that we might be forgiven our sins for all time, and have eternal life with Him, in Heaven.

What a tremendous act of love.
What an unmatchable gift of salvation.
What a great promise to each and every one of us.

Please join me in celebrating the gifts of peace, joy, and life this Easter Sunday.
Peace and Love to You Through Christ Our Lord,

Bruce Swanson, Chaplain

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