Christians prepare to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth

Any regular church-going Christian should be able to tell you that the Easter festival celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, the son of God chosen to redeem the entire sinful world through his own sacrifice. But some may not know that Jesus’s last days on earth came during the Jewish Passover festival, celebrating an earlier sacrifice – that of the people of Israel to be rescued through Moses from their Egyptian slave-drivers. Today parish priest Canon Leroy Flowers of the Anglican Church shared how the two festivals are linked, and why the latter ultimately eclipses the former. Leroy Flowers Cue in:

Canon Leroy Flowers – Anglican Church
vlcsnap-2013-03-28-19h18m49s245If the Jews had only followed what God had intended, you and I would have became an integral part of that original plan.  But God had to fulfill his wish, which was to redeem mankind in total, and so, not only the Jews now, all Christians, all mankind, and we say Christians in the context of ones who follow Christ, then you’re a Christian.  But that was God’s intention, and we have the responsibility to make certain that mankind is liberated from sin through the death and resurrection of Christ.

Both the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches recently elected new leadership: Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury and Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio of Argentina as Pope Francis. Archbishops of Canterbury typically serve for ten years, Popes on average about the same. But what doesn’t change for Christians, Canon Flowers told us, is the enormity of Jesus’ sacrifice and how we are challenged to live our lives as a result.

Canon Leroy Flowers – Anglican Church
Within the Christian context, however, there’s a bigger picture. Our God is bigger than man.  We saw the God who has come to give us life, who has come to give us a sense of being and purpose, and that is what we celebrate at Easter, that life is guaranteed, that the hope and the love is real, and that God’s unconditional love continues to permeate the world, if man would only open his heart to that love.

Church services in the Anglican tradition are typically held on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

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