Easter Surprise

April 23rd, 2011 Posted in photo, writing

A few years ago I saw a bumper sticker that said, in a kind of good news/bad news way: Jesus is coming . . . and he’s really ticked off! But one of the amazing things about Easter is the fact that there is no “bad news.”

Of course, if anyone had a reason to be angry, it would have been Jesus. He could’ve been angry with the leaders who got the crowd to call for his death, the Romans who knew he was innocent but scourged and crucified him anyway, or the disciples who abandoned him. That would have been no surprise. But the risen Jesus spoke no words of anger. Every time he appeared, his greeting was “Peace” (“Shalom”), and he wasn’t interested in punishment and retribution. That was a surprise, and a big one.

We need to remember that fact when so many so-called Christians apparently believe in a God of wrath and vengeance. That’s why the real truth deserves to be stated over and over again — Jesus has risen, and guess what . . . he’s not mad! Alleluia!!!

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