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Only the Beginning

Theologian Karl Barth once said that what brings people to worship – not just on Easter but on any Sunday – is an unspoken question: “Is it true?”

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Who is This?

Jesus’ triumphal entry into Israel’s most important city wasn’t a first-century version of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was a meant as a political statement to the leaders of the surrounding culture. Jesus rode into town as a returning king. Moreover, the crowds greeted him as such. The hosannas the people cried have both religious and political overtones. They greet him as the Lord’s Messiah and expect him to overthrow the Romans. And the Romans take note.

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Hope and Tombs and Dry Bones

At times, we all find ourselves in dark tombs of our own making. Tombs filled with dry bones, in the depths of despair, unable to move on. Hope is what happens to somebody else, and we certain there is no spring under those fake flowers – only more cold and dreadful winter. We are stuck on the road to Easter.

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