Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter in music and photos

The Garden tomb in Jerusalem
Easter is here. "He is risen."

"Yes," comes the reply, repeated for almost 2,000 years in thousands of languages and from the lips of millions of believers,

"He is risen indeed!"

"He Died for Me" A song with photos as a background.

"The Glory of the Resurrection" A dramatic poem with background of many paintings, drawings and art.

"Skull Hill" in Jerusalem, located near a bus terminal today
On Good Friday, our thoughts turn towards the cross, where the Lamb of God bears the suffering of the world. Incredibly, many passages in the Old Testament are fulfilled simultaneously, all the way from "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Psalm 22), to the description of the Messiah's carrying our sin upon him.

He became our sin, and he was stricken for our iniquities. (Isaiah 53) He has known my sin.

But then, he is "assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence and no deceit was found in his mouth."

Two men ;eave the Garden Tomb, as Peter and John did
In Jerusalem, visitors will find two locations "where Jesus died and rose again." The oldest is in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre", mostly visited by Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Coptic and other traditional churches. (Because of quarrels among the clergy of these three strands of Christianity, the key to the church is held by a Muslim caretaker.)

The three photos on my blog post today  come from the Garden Tomb, mostly visited by Protestant Christians.

Christians around the world commemorate Good Friday in different ways, some trying to identify with Jesus Christ by being nailed to crosses. 14 Photos will take you around the world as you see how the Christian message penetrates deeply into various cultures. (Some photos are graphic.) Unfortunately, many of the people who take part in this type of cruel punishment do not know the truth that once the Lamb of God was sacrificed there is no more need for anyone to be crucified.   Photos from around the world on Good Friday


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