Good Friday & Easter – Part 2 of Holy Week
We take a time out from engineering during this week of holy observances to think on the truly important. See Part 1 Passover – Part 1 of Holy Week.
Good Friday and Easter is a Christian commemoration of the death, burial and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ almost two thousand years ago. First century AD Jewish witnesses and writers of the New Testament Scriptures testified that Jesus Christ was and is God who became man; that he traveled about as a rabbi throughout Judea (current day Israel, Syria, and Jordan) explaining the meaning of the Old Testament Scriptures with authority and proclaiming the Kingdom of God; that He performed many miracles including raising some from the dead; and that He was crucified to pay the ransom for all the sinners who trust in Him, was buried, and resurrected after three days in the tomb: all this the first century writers say were in accordance with the prophecies written of Him in the Old Testament Scriptures.
The resurrection is the crux of the issue, for as Paul wrote almost two thousand years ago “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.”
(1Co 15:14-23 NIV)
“He is Risen.”
“He is risen, indeed.”
He is our blessed hope. Happy Easter to all who have embraced this hope.
PS – Our offices are closed on Good Friday, April 6, in observance of the work of our blessed hope.