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Shining the Light of Christ .... Matthew 5:16

                                    

They crucified JESUS not for doing wrong (for HE was blameless, innocent), but because they themselves were guilty. HIS light exposed their darkness.
JESUS himself had said, "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." (John 3:19) Darkness cannot co-exist with light, for light and darkness are opposites, and one must extinguish the other. But, even as the darkness of night conquers the light of each day only briefly, for the light shines once more each morning with the rising of the sun, so, too, did the SON triumph over the darkness of evil, as JESUS arose at sunrise that Sunday morning, that third day, following His crucifixion. And, while it may seem dark in this world right now, one day soon, the KING of kings, the LIGHT of the world, will have final victory over the prince of darkness.


                                           
            
EASTER SAYS THEY CAN TRY TO BURY TRUTH, BUT TRUTH WILL ALWAYS RISE.

JESUS spoke truth, and JESUS is truth, but they who crucified JESUS were filled with deceit and did not care for truth. They were guilty of corruption, bribery, lying, conspiracy, and finally murder. They desired to intimidate JESUS, and they brought HIM in for questioning as if HE were guilty of wrong, but HE was innocent, and they were guilty. JESUS had said that they outwardly appeared to be righteous, but inside they were full of “hypocrisy and iniquity” (Matthew 23:28). The Bible says that they delivered JESUS because they were envious of HIM (Mark 15:10). They sought false witness against HIM, they smote HIM with the palm of their hand, and they publicly humiliated HIM (Matthew 26). JESUS said, “If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me?” (John 18:23). (In other words, “If I have said something wrong, tell me what it is, but if I have spoken truth, why are you hitting me?”) The chief priests and elders took counsel against HIM (Matthew 27:1), falsely accused HIM (Matthew 27:12, Luke 23:10), mocked HIM (Matthew 27:41), and persuaded the people to destroy JESUS (Matthew 27:20), who was innocent, and to pardon one who was guilty, Barabbas, a robber and a murderer (John 18:40, Mark 15:7, 11). They rejected the innocent; as JESUS told them, they “condemned the guiltless” (Matthew 12:7). And, the Bible says, they “held a council against HIM, how they might destroy HIM” (Matthew 12:14). They crucified JESUS, yet a guilty one they freely pardoned…..But it’s only Friday. JESUS said, “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known” (Matthew 10:26). They thought that they had buried TRUTH in a grave. But it’s only Friday. Sunday’s coming. Easter says that they can try to bury TRUTH
, but TRUTH will always rise.