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 Title:  REMEMBER!  (
A Special Easter Message)
  
By Randall Vaughn

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)

I encourage you to stop a few moments this Easter weekend and think about that weekend 2000+ years ago. We read the words on the pages of the Bible and, while it is real to many of us, it can easily become so sterile, so matter-of-fact, so "clean". Because it was a long time ago, it can feel so far removed from reality.

But the reality was not so. Think about the sacrifice of Jesus. It was not a sterile, matter-of-fact scene. His blood was REAL. It was hot and red. The thorns that impaled his scalp were REAL. The flesh that was laid open on his back from a Roman scourge was REAL. The searing pain of nails driven through his flesh was REAL.

And He died that weekend. HE DIED. We do not even feel comfortable saying the words! It was a painful, humiliating, horror-beyond-description death. He died for you. He died for me.

Do not allow the distance of years to distance you from the reality of the suffering and pain that Jesus experienced. He commanded us to remember.

1 Cor 11:23-25 says, "For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you:  The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me."

This Easter weekend, let us remember. Let us consider His suffering.  And let us lift our hearts, our hands, and our voices to Him in acknowledgement that we remember, in gratitude for His terrible sacrifice, and in exuberant and triumphant praise for His victorious resurrection. Jesus is ALIVE!

REMEMBER!  Jesus does.

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