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April 20, 2014

Vasicek: Celebrating Easter

I have shared a few bits of Easter humor over the years, so I thought I’d start with a new one.

Joseph of Arimathea was the wealthy Pharisee who is famous for helping to bury the body of Jesus. He procured the body, asking Pilate’s permission, and, with the help of Nicodemus, another Pharisee, he helped to wrap the body of Jesus and then they placed the body in his new tomb. Both Joseph and Nicodemus were influential men, serving on the Jewish ruling council. The Bible indicates Joseph (and probably Nicodemus) had come to faith in Jesus. This information is found in the Bible (John 19:38-40). With that information, you can appreciate the following joke!

Joseph was known for being a shrewd businessman and some asked him how he could give away an amazingly expensive, rock hewn tomb. Why would he do such a thing?

Joseph smiled and asked, “Why not? He only needed it for the weekend.”

Today is a special day for those of us who embrace the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ and agree that he only needed the tomb for part of a weekend! To my friends of other faiths and beliefs, I wish you a happy and good day as well!

People within Christendom celebrate Easter (and the week leading up to Easter) in a variety of ways. For example, “President Obama begins his week Monday in a contemplative mood. Obama participates in the annual Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House.

“'Christian leaders from across the country will join the president at this breakfast to pray and reflect on Holy Week and Easter,’ says the White House schedule.” [source: USA Today]

Many folks attend the church of their choice on Easter morning. Folks who may not attend church all year are more likely to do so on Easter Sunday than any other Sunday. Most churches gladly welcome visitors to their Easter services. Over the years, I have seen more than one “Easter only” attender eventually become a joyful regular attender. But even though this usually does not happen, it is a shot of adrenaline for a church family to see a packed crowd.

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