Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 31:2,6,12-13,15-17,25; Hebrews 4:14-16;5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42
Years ago, an American film called “The World In Darkness” told the story of an archaeologist who was excavating in Jerusalem, near the Mount Calvary area. One day he announced that he had discovered the tomb where Jesus had been laid — but it was not empty. In it, he said, was a mummified corpse, which he put on exhibition. People crowded to see the corpse, and the news that Christ had not risen from the dead quickly spread around the world. Whereupon, everything that bore Christ’s Name or trace of His memory, was doomed to extinction. Churches and cathedrals were closed, then demolished. Monasteries were emptied of their monks. Missionaries were withdrawn from their territories. New Testaments and crosses…
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