Category: Easter

Why is Easter Important?

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Crucial (adj.): involving an extremely important decision or result; decisive; critical: a crucial experiment. Synonyms: significant, vital, essential

Crux (n.): a vital, basic, decisive, or pivotal point: The crux of the trial was his whereabouts at the time of the murder. Synonyms: core, heart, essence

What do these two words share in common? Both were created from the same root word. The same root used in the words cross and crucifixion.

How did these words come to be related? Because those who formed them understood the centrality of the Cross to the Christian faith. They knew the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ was the hinge point of all history.  (more…)

On the Way To Jerusalem

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Clarity of purpose. That’s what I sometimes lack.

When I find myself discouraged, depressed, disheartened, or merely disinterested, it’s usually because I’ve forgotten my purpose.

Lack of purpose is what drew me to the Lord in the first place. Before I knew Christ, my heart ached from the unanswered question, What’s the point?

The point, the purpose, of those who would follow Christ is to love and die like He did.  (more…)

I Am The Way, The Truth, And The Life

The Last Supper of Jesus by Andre Derain
The Last Supper of Jesus
by Andre Derain

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“Having loved his own…He loved them until the end.”

The hour has come
I gather them
To a room, to a table
To my heart

I know Father
Has put all things
Under my feet
I wash theirs

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Ode On A Cadbury Creme Egg

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Thou still unravish’d orb of ambrosia!
Thou creation of England and Easter
Heavenly confection, who canst thus express
An epicurean’s tale more sweetly than our rhyme:
What foil-wrapped goodness haunts about thy shape?

For seeming only of milky chocolate, and yet
Within lies such velvety nectar never matched.
Unheard melodies may be sweetest, and yet
Not so the edible ellipsoid not gorged upon
But once daily during the appointed season!

And though thou creator dost reduce thy girth
Hence by four grams, as many years ago,
We do still remain faithfully pledged to thee only
For all eternity, for whom shall ever appear
So fair to our beholden eyes, themselves formed after you?

When old age shall this generation waste,
Thou shalt remain, in midst of another vernal equinox
Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou sayst,
“Beauty is chocolate, chocolate beauty,” that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

Copyright 2010 © Stephanie Nannen

Jesus In The Afikoman

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As I write this, it is late evening on what Christians call “Maundy Thursday” or “Holy Thursday”. It is the night we commemorate Jesus’ Last Supper. Specifically it is the night Jesus celebrated the Jewish Feast of Passover with his disciples—the night before He was crucified.

As Christians, we understand the significance of Jesus being slaughtered during the Passover Feast: through His death He became our once-and-for-all Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5).

But tonight I am reflecting on a specific aspect of the Passover Seder: the afikoman.  (more…)