War Cry comments on the long weekend
AT last it has arrived – the first long bank holiday weekend of the year. To many employees it brings four days off work and a hope for some good weather. This weekend can provide a great break with the longer days that have arrived since the clocks went forward.
But Easter means much more than that to the millions of Christians who mark the death and resurrection of Jesus. For them, it is the most important of all the Christian festivals, as it focuses on the time when Jesus was punished for the things we all do wrong by dying on a cross and then opened the door to an eternal life in Heaven by rising from the dead.
There can be no denying the significance of those events. The experiences of the people who followed Jesus before and after his crucifixion inspired them to spread his teachings and encourage others to put their faith in him.
Through the centuries millions of people have chosen to do that, and many have been emboldened by that faith to stand up against injustices.
One example is Martin Luther King Jr who, during the 1950s and 1960s, campaigned on the issues of race and civil rights in America. To mark the 50th anniversary of his death, in this week’s issue of The War Cry we speak to his biographer, Richard Reddie, who confirms that it was Dr King’s faith that ‘inspired and informed his activities’.
The same is also true for countless other Christians who view this weekend as a time to remember events that brought more joy than any long weekend has ever done before or since.
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