Easter. Pascha. Resurrection Sunday.
The world remembering the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The apostles have died as martyrs too. What about us? What do we have to do to live up to such high standards? I’m asking Christians, of course.
Jesus said to her “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even
though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John, 11
I’m watching Saul: The Journey to Damascus first time and, more than when reading the bible, the movie makes it clear why forgiveness is so important in a Christian’s life. There is a sequence that shows a blind remorseful Saul not far from his dying victim, Johana. I was thinking that they both must be in the same heaven now. The executioner and his victim together with Jesus in heaven. How important was for his victim to forgive him before she died!
I mean, it is possible for any of us to be forever in the same heaven with our “tyrants”. Maybe they didn’t take our life, but they may have acted with cruelty and brutality towards us day by day.
In the communism time there were many Christians persecuted almost in the same manner as were Christians in ancient times. They were thrown in prison and tortured for their faith. I cannot imagine how awfully must have been for them. And after all the unimaginable tortures they were called to forgive and pray for their executioners.
I consider myself a Christian, I cannot compare even remotely with these people.
“Forgive them, Father, for they don’t know what they do?’
But what if they do know very well what they do?
THERE IS TOO MUCH SUFFERING IN THIS WORLD.
And I naïvely expected to be exempt from suffering just because I believe in Jesus Christ. Done with that.
Easter. Pascha. Resurrection Sunday. Paschal light. Christian Lifestyle. Happy Easter!