From Criminal to Conqueror

Monday, April 9, 2012

On Easter morning in 1958, I attended the Easter service at the Garden Tomb. That's when my father took this picture.

The service was in Arabic, so I didn't understand any of it. Also, the tomb's authenticity is questionable. Still, it was a great setting to celebrate a man who died as a criminal and rose as a conqueror.

To use Paul's words from I Corinthians 15:54-57:

"Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
In  his rising, Jesus conquered death and sin.

That's something I could never have done. I'm responsible for the sin, but not the victory.

A victory he obtained for me and for you at great cost to himself.

And I'm grateful.



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