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After Jesus is crucified, he undergoes resurrection and ascends into heaven. To mark this significant event in Christianity, there is a celebratory period known as Easter which takes place during the season of Spring (i.e. a time when things re-grow from earth and we have a chance to re-discover what is around us after the long, dark evenings of winter) and when children have an Easter break from school.
During this time, it has become traditional in some cultures to have a treasure hunt for Easter eggs. How the hunt is conducted varies from group to group. Palm Sunday is the Sunday prior to the Easter Weekend.
For myself, there is contemplation of renewal, re-growth and re-discovery. That is, a time when things can begin again to refresh ourselves and our perspectives on life and what goes on around us.
The light changes during Spring from a cold blue-grey to a warmer, brighter-white light too. It allows us to shift ourselves to allow new things in. This can be tied in with something practical like Spring Cleaning, which encourages us to remove the old to create space for the new. A type of replenishment, a time for new awareness.
Whether or not a person follows Christianity, the practical aspects of life need regularity, or even regulation. Whether the thoughts are deeper, wider, more abstract or not, it is worthwhile to spend some time contemplating what you have and what is around you as well as what going on inside of you.
The freshness of Spring air should encourage a renewal of the mind, body and spirit too. It should be put into action so that summer can be enjoyed before the onset of the cooler months.
The Crucifixion and
… Chapter 27
They gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink.
Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: “They divided my garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”
Sitting down, they kept watch over Him there. And they put up over His head the accusation against Him:
This is Jesus the King of the Jews.
Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.
And those that passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads.
And saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, Save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”
Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the others (the scribes and the elders) said,
“He saved others; Himself he cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him.
“He trusted in God; let him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, “I am the Son of God”.”
Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.
Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was a darkness over all the land.
And by the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” That is, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?”
Some of those who stood there when they heard that said, “This Man is calling for Elijah!”
Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink.
The rest said, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him”.
And Jesus cried out yet again in a loud voice, and yielded up His Spirit.
Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to bottom; and the earth quaked and the rocks were split,
And the graves were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;
And coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”.
And many women who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, were looking on from afar.
Among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.
Now, when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus.
This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him.
When Joseph had taken the body he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
And laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed.
And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary sitting opposite the tomb.
On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation,, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate,
Saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise’.”
“Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead’. So the last deception will be worse than the first.”
Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go on your way, make it as secure as you know how.”
So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.
Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.
And behold there was a great earthquake for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.
His countenance was like lightening, and his clothing as white as snow.
And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
“He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come see the place where the Lord lay.
“And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”
So they went out quickly from the tomb with great fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.
And they went to tell his disciples behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!”. So they came and held Him by the feet and worshipped Him.
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
Now, while they were, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened.
When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,
Saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept’.
“And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.”
So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them.
When they saw him they worshipped Him; but some doubted.
And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and earth.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
“Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded to you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
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