Easter: Worship provides reassurance of God
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The 21st century has gotten off to a pretty rough start in terms of war, terror, pestilence, plague and the wrath of Mother Nature. Far from being the longed-for “millennium,” often defined as a prolonged period of peace and happiness, this millennium has been anything but.

So how does that fit with Easter? How can it be reconciled with the joy of Christians on their holiest of holy days?

The answer from inside the faith is that pain and suffering are irrevocably linked to the joy of Easter through the agony and death of Christ on the Cross.

Easter is about resurrection, salvation and hope, all of which follow from the agony of Christ and the loss of his life. The Crucifixion is, in part, about tragedy. The empty tomb is, in part, about rescue from tragedy.

Some of the faithful resent it when nonbelievers, linking the holy day to the arrival of spring, suggest that what’s really at work is a pagan-like celebration of winter’s end and a rejoicing at the rebirth of nature. Another way of looking at it, however, is that the change of seasons can serve as a powerful analogy of some of the faith’s tenets — of how the worst parts of us can die away and be replaced by the new and how life can be transformed from desperation to glad anticipation.

Many outside the faith would concur with the portion of the Christian message that says self-sacrificing love is needed more than ever when something precious is broken, and from such love, wholeness can be restored. In all of this, there is reason for joy, and out of the joy can come great goodness, even though tragedies persist.

Easter is never at odds with history. The human being is ever in need of reassurance, whether large events are mostly pleasant or are filled with violence and ugliness.

For Christians, Easter worship provides the reassurance of God.

Thus, to all of our readers, we wish today the most joyful of Easters.

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Ben Twomey
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April 21, 2014
To Easter Bunny and Brq. It is obvious, based on the tone of,a nd ignorance inherent within, your comments, that neither of you read all the MDJ coverage of Easter Sunday. Which was over two and ahlf pages.

It is also obvious that each of you thinks he knows the "true message" of the scriptures.

You are both woefully inadequate to proclaim that message with your limited understanding of God's message.
Easter Bunny
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April 20, 2014
Well MDJ Editors, this little editorial was a nice, non-offensive to all interest groups message buried inside the paper in a way that smacks of liberal to secular-leaning bias. This paper used to have a MESSAGE at Easter. I am not even a regular church goer (maybe I'll start back soon) but I nevertheless always enjoyed an Easter Front Page exclaiming the message of the day. Now, either because the new purveyors of news in this city have lost sight of their forefathers' unabashed moral and religious certitude on the day or because they are simply too busy socializing and being non-offensive and culturally diluted, an alien or a Muslim could pick up the MDJ on Easter Sunday and never even know that Jesus was risen on this day, changing the course of the world and creating one of the greatest religions of all time. It's a sad day, MDJ, when most of your audience are Christians, that you would bury the message of the day. One photo on an egg hunt and one small, non-offensive to "all" editorial. How sad Otis Brumby would be. Hope you reflect on your editor's choices and do a bit better next year.
anonymous
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April 21, 2014
People like you are the reason I no longer attend church. Do your church a favor and stay away.
BRQ
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April 20, 2014
The religious message of Easter may be that it is the reassurance of God. However, that is not the Bible-based Christian Truth, which is that today is the day that Jesus Christ overcame death and fulfilled his promise to arise from death on the third day after his crucifixion. Religion provides many feel good messages about happiness, health, and wealth, which is why religious churches are filled to capacity, giving people what they want to hear. If one desires the Truth, then find a Bible believing Bible preaching church where the King James Bible is proclaimed and believed. Your choice, your decision where you will spend eternity. Salvation by Grace through Jesus Christ is the most important message you will ever hear on this side of eternity.
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