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The Cross and God's Victory

I love Easter.  I love hearing the children's excitement when they find the eggs that have been carefully hidden about the grounds of our church.  I love engaging in conversation and fellowship with members of my congregation during our morning breakfast.  And I love worshiping with God's people as we celebrate the risen Lord through songs, prayers, baptisms, and sharing in holy communion.  God's presence and love is experienced in a special way on Easter Sunday.  
But there is so much more to the Easter story, and so much more to our story.
Over the past several weeks of Lent, I have been reminded that the journey toward the empty tomb and the excitement experienced in the hearts of those who spoke with the risen Lord had been preceded by betrayal, denial, suffering, humility, and sacrifice.  The resurrection does not occur without pain, it does not take full effect without death.  In Hebrews 2:9, the writer states "(But) we see Jesus, who was made a little lower tha…