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About 2000 years ago a small group of Jewish people, living under the tyranny of Roman rule, began to listen to the words of an itinerant preacher. 

They saw him reach out in love to the hurting people, the broken people, to comfort them and heal them. They heard him give radically new interpretations of the ancient Scripture. 

Then they watched in horror as he was arrested, tried on trumped-up charges, beaten, mocked, spat upon, and finally nailed to a cross to die between two thieves. They experienced the incredible pain of seeing him dead and buried on Friday, and the equally incredible joy of seeing him alive again on Sunday morning. 

They heard his promise that his Spirit would remain with them all the days of their lives and beyond.

And as they remembered what he had said and done, maybe they remembered the day of his baptism by John in the Jordan River. Maybe they remembered that a voice from heaven had declared, “This is my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And maybe the pieces of the puzzle began to fit a little better for them.

Thanks to Johnny Dean for these words.

As Holy Week approaches, what events in the life of Jesus draw YOU the closest to him?   What is the first question YOU plan to ask Jesus when you pass from this earth and meet Jesus face-to-face?

BE LIKE JESUS, SPEND ENOUGH TIME WITH SINNERS TO RUIN YOUR REPUTATION WITH THE RELIGIOUS PEOPLE!

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