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Spring reminds us to celebrate salvation

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Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2011 12:00 am

My favorite season, spring, has arrived. The geese are forming up and flying north on their long spring migration to Canada. God has given us global warming once again — no more cold, foggy days here in California.

In the stores for Easter, you find assorted candies for the children's holiday bracelets. I see the usual chocolate eggs, bunnies and something new — a cross. Yes, a chocolate cross, and it is certainly a symbol of Easter for Christians.

However, for myself and many others, the cross is where my Savior, Jesus, died for my sin in Jerusalem in Israel so long ago.

The cross of wood was used by the Roman soldiers to crucify men who were given the death penalty. It was a slow, cruel death that, thankfully, the modern world does not see used any longer.

Please take the time to read in your Bible this Easter the importance of the cross to your salvation — Acts 2:23-24, Philippians 2:5-8 and Colossians 1:19-22.

God's plan of redeeming all folks required that a perfect, sinless sacrifice be made for our sin. Only Jesus lived that life, as a Jewish man, 2,000 years ago. Then He was crucified for us.

Jesus also rose bodily from the tomb on Resurrection Sunday. He is the hope of all who put their faith in God, to save them for eternal life with Jesus in heaven.

Larry Matulich

Stockton

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