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Bulletin – April 8, 2012

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The Meaning of Easter

In Old Testament times, the priest would bring bulls, goats or a spotless lamb without any blemishes to be sacrificed as a sin offering for himself and for the people. The blood would purify and make atonement (forgive, make amends) for their sins. This was  the  old order of atonement. When Jesus came, He was  a representation of the   sacrificial  lamb  to  take  away  the  sins  of  the  world. He  was  the final sacrifice. We  no  longer have to  sacrifice  animals  to make  atonement  for our sins. Jesus has done this once and for all. It’s His blood that cleanses us from all sin. He was crucified on the cross (the form of execution in those days). The sin of  the world  was  upon Him, yet He was without sin  and  blameless. He bore it all. This  is  why  Jesus  is  referred  to  as  the  ‘Lamb of God’.   He  was  bodily resurrected  (came back to life)  on  the third day. He appeared to many – eating and drinking with them. He appeared to them for 40 days, then ascended (went up to) Heaven. Acts 1: 1-11.

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