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paradox of Christ/INQUIRER EDITORIAL 4/13/06
4/13/2006 11:42:47 AM

ONLY days before, the Man had swept into Jerusalem, welcomed like a victorious Caesar amid the wild cheers of the throng. The next moment, the Establishment was bearing down on Him -- a blasphemer to the religious leaders and a destabilizer to the Roman authorities. He would find refuge, although temporarily, in the Garden of Gethsemane. But soon, He would be in the hands of His persecutors, subjected to the cruelest of physical tortures and to the vilest indignities. Before long, He was once again plodding the streets of Jerusalem, only this time, with gashes and bruises, blood and grime all over His body, a crown of thorns on His head, and a heavy wooden cross on His back. The crowd that had hailed Him a few days earlier was also back on the streets, but the tumultuous cheers had turned into raucous jeers. A few hours later, He was on Mount Calvary, nailed to the cross - - dead.

His enemies thought they had buried Him forever in oblivion. Of course, at that time, they had no way of knowing that by dying He had conquered death. What looked like one man's total defeat, He turned into a monumental victory for all mankind.

This is the eternal paradox of Jesus Christ. As a text message that has been circulating this Holy Week puts it: "He had no servants, yet they called Him master. He had no degrees, yet they called Him teacher. He prescribed no medicines, yet they called Him healer. He commanded no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today."

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Ernest Coloma
4/15/2006 9:26:22 AM

Happy Easter to you and your family. Uray awan kabinnukot ita a padak, hehehe.....


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