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Easter week will be filled with much reflection concerning the events that occurred in and around Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ still resonate powerfully around the world. Be blessed in your times of ceremony and celebration, and consider these unique lessons:

The Cross: Once reserved for the guilty, the shamed and the condemned, the cross has been transformed into a symbol of hope, love and redemption.

The Curtain: Once an object that represented an impenetrable barrier between God and man, the tearing of the curtain from top to bottom marked the return to an open and intimate relationship between man and Yahweh.

The Crypt: Once a reminder of pain, grief and despair, the crypt now serves to declare the truth of death’s powerless grip and of the grave’s futile efforts.

If God can alter history and radically redeem the meaning and legacy of inanimate objects, just imagine what He can do through yielded vessels like you and me. Go ahead, give Him the worst of your life, trust in His creative nature and leave your legacy up to Him.

“‘Death is swallowed up in victory.'” 1 Cor. 15:54b (NKJV)

By: Glenn Burris, Jr., general supervisor

served as the president of The Foursquare Church from 2009-2020.