Celebrations for Holy week

The apostles who were so afraid after the crucifixion ended up as martyrs for their faith, after the resurrection of Jesus.

"I would explain that Easter is a celebration that came from Christianity". For one, it can introduce your child to the concept of death and loss. When the mob speaks, however, the leaders always listen - and the mob spoke clearly: "Away with him!" Jesus Christ did not just talk about love, He demonstrated His passion by suffering and surrendering His life so that we could live. "... a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet". And then ask how we can work with him, to grow in our relationship with him, and share the love of that relationship with others in our community. Sometimes scripture opens us to see a new reality. At his death, the veil in the temple that separated the sanctuary from the worship space tore from top to bottom. He is the most characteristic figure of Holy Week. He says "seven last words" while he is hanging there at Calvary.

Exactly half of those surveyed said they did not believe in the resurrection of Jesus at all.

In the 13th verse of I Corinthians, it reads, "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit". According to the Gospels, Jesus had power to overcome these religious authorities, but he chose not to do so.

A new survey finds that a quarter of British people who describe themselves as Christian say they do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus. 3pm is the time traditionally given for Jesus's death and this is the most solemn time of Good Friday.

Standing on the shoulders of centuries of the faithful, the Church sees that this important week reveals God's unconditional love for all humanity. We should have faith in each other, whether we are Muslims, Christians, or Hindus, black or white. These are ways in which humanity shows its inhumanity for one another.

The survey also found that 17% of all Britons believe the Bible version of the Easter story word-for word. Christmas was originally about the birth of Jesus - but many who do not believe in Jesus still have a tree and stockings and exchange gifts because it is a custom, not a religious practice.

In the cross and empty tomb, Jesus looks across human history and invites all who feel that they have "missed the mark", to receive new beginnings and a release from the bondage of believing the lie of "not measuring up".

"Indeed, there is a lot of emphasis on the demonstration of who Jesus really is, the promised one of God, that the eternal Son of God, the one who is Lord of all is precisely grounded in the historical witness of the resurrection of Jesus Christ", Piper wrote.

  • Joanne Flowers