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Sending Prayers to those Coptic Christians who were martyred for their faith.

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As I think of this Holy Week of Easter, my mind keeps traveling back to the Coptic Christians of Alexandria and Tanta who were martyred on Palm Sunday, as well as the others wounded by Isis, terrorists so quick and proud to claim their heinous deeds. I pray for those Christians, and I’m sure you do as well, whatever your faith. The pictures above are inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

We Christians in the Western World, would we be so brave to follow our faith of Christianity if threatened by death itself for professing our faith? As Islamic terrorism grows, there may come a day we have to face that question head on. It has been almost ten years since I visited the Holy Land, Egypt, and Jordan and when I look through old pictures of these countries, I remain fascinated by the spiritual ruggedness of the countries, and the toughness of the people living in such terrain which might seem unforgiving and too rugged for us to endure. Biblical stories leapt before my eyes as I traveled through Israel, Egypt, and Jordan.

The picture above is the side of Masada, the fortress where the Jews held out against the Romans for over six years after overcoming the Roman garrison in 66 AD. They sacrificed their lives rather than be conquered by the Romans when the Romans finally breached the fortress. Jews and Christians alike have fought for the sake of their religion since ancient times. Do we still maintain their fortitude? I find myself wondering.

The Coptic Christians are one of the oldest of the Christian sects. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt and the brothers and sisters in Christ of the Coptic Church. I pray he is allowed to make this journey in safety and peace.

Good Friday is upon us, and the most glorious day of all for Christians occurs on Sunday, the day Jesus was resurrected from the dead. Christ is risen indeed! This past Palm Sunday, many of our brothers and sisters in Christ sacrificed their lives in their worship of the Living Christ. The pews on which they sat were awash in their own blood, and as surely as Jesus shed His blood for all of us and our sins, I know those who died for their beliefs in Egypt on Palm Sunday will be celebrating their Easter this year with Christ. God bless and keep them all!

Pictured above is where Jesus was lain to be anointed after his death and the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed to have the cup taken away from Him rather than have to suffer betrayal and crucifixion. Soon his disciples forsake Him and He is alone like no other before Him. But after several hours of prayer, His will converged with his Father’s, and He was alone no longer.

Above is a representation of the grave where Jesus was risen, and the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio. The morning of Christ’s resurrection was a morning beyond belief, Jesus died for our sins that we might have eternal life with him. Those Coptic Christians in Egypt gave their lives for their faith, and now they shall live with God for all eternity. Perhaps they will look down upon us and infuse us with their courage and faith when we most need it.

And you dear friends, you have a blessed Easter or Passover. Let us all keep the faith because God loves us all and let us remember to send prayers of faith and love to the many who are persecuted for their religious beliefs. Christ has risen. The Lord has risen indeed.

Thank you for stopping by.

Brenda

P.S. A great movie to see at this Easter time is “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel where he rather unwillingly makes the case for the resurrection of Jesus.

 

 

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