|Jesus, the risen Lord|
Jesus of Nazareth lived an austere, gentile life. In the story, He healed the sick, cared for the poor, offered forgiveness to sinners and preached of love for his Father and, most importantly, love for one another.
Loving one another will never go out of style, even though world events often make us feel that hate and anger rule the day. But that simple concept of looking at others, even our enemies, with love and compassion can go a long way to making the world around us a better place.
If people truly loved one another, we would not have racism, gay bashing, pedophilia, violent crime, rape, incest, greed, theft and a number of other social maladies. You can't perpetrate a horrible act against someone you truly love.
So, even if you think that God is a joke and The Bible is propaganda, you can still take something away from the way that Jesus lived. People model their lives off of fictional characters in movies, TV, books and magazines all the time. So, what if you picked Jesus as a role model, even if you don't believe in Him?
I guarantee your life will be better.
Jesus constantly looked beyond Himself. He gained nothing from his acts. He performed them with great humility and grace. Even if I worshiped a golden hamster, I'd still think that Jesus of Nazareth was a pretty cool guy - someone I'd like to be more like.
For two millenniums, the story of Jesus has survived. That has to mean something.
I don't agree with organized religion because all of the churches are man-made concoctions of rules and regulations. I think today, Jesus might be giving the same speech at the Vatican that he gave to the Jewish elders. I wonder if the Pope would have him put to death for heresy?
If you celebrate Easter by going to church and glorifying the risen Lord, great. If you are more inclined to pass out chocolate bunnies and hunt for colored eggs, I guess that works too. If Easter to you is just another Sunday, I won't scourge you. However, I'd encourage everyone on this Easter, Christians, Jews, Mormons, Muslims, Atheists, Buddhists, etc. to look at Jesus of Nazareth and reflect on the meaning and message of his life and how it can improve your own.
Happy Easter. Thank you Jesus for dying for our sins.
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