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A lot of people have lived on this earth since the first man and woman, but this man was different. He was different to such a degree that many people act as if they wished he had never existed. He should have had no enemies, yet those who misunderstood him took his life.

It wasn’t so much the things he did that turned some against him. Even his enemies acknowledged that he had performed great miracles before their very eyes (John 11:47-48). According to our best historical records, he healed many who were sick, gave sight to the blind, raised more than one person from the dead (Mark 5:22,24, and 35-42, John 11:1-45). Even the ancient writings of those hostile to his teachings bear witness that strange events surrounded his life.

He taught us to love our neighbors (Matthew 22:37-40) and our enemies (Matthew 5:43-45). He taught that real love means treating one another fairly (Luke 6:31), and that we are responsible to God for our actions. The thing that bothered many people the most was concerning who he claimed to be.

He claimed to fulfil Old Testament prophecies and to be the Jewish Messiah (Luke 4:16-21, John 4:23-30,39-42), the only begotten son of God. He said in John 14:6-9, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” Some of the things he said infuriated the leaders of his day (John 10:19-33, ref. John 1:1-5,10-14). That is why he was killed.

Modern doubts concerning him aren’t based upon an honest evaluation of actual history, but upon the same misguided opinions that he faced in his own day. He wasn’t widely known during his lifetime, but the impact of his life and death affected history from that point onward. That is mainly because on the third day after he was killed and entombed, the man was alive again.

The man who was, is, and is yet to come again. Eye witnesses of his return to life risked everything and told the good news everywhere. Because of this disclosure, many of them were persecuted and lost their own lives. Arguments against Christianity date from this time, and the resulting persecution of Christians by the Roman Empire is part of world history.

Many people today are taught only a distorted view of the event, if they hear of it at all. The Empire still wants to silence the news of the resurrection. Roman officials wrote to one another concerning their problem. It wasn’t enough to kill and bury him once. Too many people claimed to have seen him back alive, and even though the tomb had been under guard, the body was gone.

No doubt, these things played a part in the suicide of Pontius Pilate, the Roman official who presided over the crucifixion of Jesus. The first followers of Jesus believed his promise to someday return, and reveal himself to the world.

Much of the world continues to fear this promise as if it were a threat to our freedom, but no, the words of Jesus are the spring of freedom, and of life itself. The true Easter is all about him (ref. My April 2011 post, Dawn of the Rising Son, and The Secret Name, from February 2017). The return of Spring should be a perpetual reminder of this. “For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, and the time of the singing of the birds is come, (Song of Solomon, 2:11-12 KJV).”

One day, the man who was, and is (Revelation 1:17-18), will return to this world that he created and that he died for. After the end is the new beginning, Heaven will come to Earth (Revelation 21:1-4).

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