A joyous and blessed Easter to you!

In the church calendar today is Holy Thursday, but in old English church calendars it is called Shere Thursday, from the old English word “shere”, which means to “wash”. Many religions contain rituals where blood is shed to appease a supposedly angry deity. The difference with the blood of Jesus is that it washes sin away – we stand clean before God, just as Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden, before sin entered.

On Friday, we remember Christ’s total identification with humanity. He, the great physician, took in himself the patient’s [humanity’s] sickness, until it had run its full course – Jesus became obedient unto death.

On Sunday, we celebrate the victory over sin, evil and death. Christ is alive – we shall live also!

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