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Friday, April 14, 2017

Impact of Good Friday, 2017

By Douglas V. Gibbs
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If Jesus Christ had never been born, imagine how different the world would be.  Throughout world history the impact of Christianity has been enormous.

Christianity did not begin with the birth of Jesus Christ.  In the Book of Genesis the Bible proclaims the existence of the Son, and the coming of the Savior.  While Israel has been God's Chosen People, Christians adopted into the family through the Blood of Christ.

As a constitutionalist, I am a firm believer that the values and principles of Christianity had a profound impact on the writing of that document.  The basic structure of our government, in fact, is very similar to that of Israel's, as handed down through the Book of Deuteronomy.

As Easter approaches, Good Friday signifies the event that defines Christianity. Around the globe Christians are observing a remembrance of the last supper, Christ's prayer in the Garden, His crucifixion, and Jesus Christ's resurrection. On Good Friday Christians recognize the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, a death on a Roman Cross that concludes in the complete joy of Christ's Easter morning resurrection.

This is a time to recall and reflect upon the enormity of Jesus' passion and death, and to celebrate the believer's redemption from sin and victory over death.

The empty tomb, then and now, has been a constant scandal, as well as a lightning rod of controversy. Many have attempted to disprove it, for the implications of that empty tomb are massive. 

Through the torturous events that led to Christ being hung on a Cross on Calvary emerged a tremendous gift Jesus Christ has given us, through His death, and His triumph over death, an enormous gift to humanity. 

He gave us salvation.

"He is Risen, He is Risen."

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