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Sunday was “Go Blue” Against Child Abuse Day.  Almost everyone had worn some blue. There were blue shirts, blue neckties, blue blouses, blue skirts, blue socks, etc. all in a hope that someday “black and blue” will be just colors in a child’s crayon box.

There was a dress rehearsal, Monday afternoon, for all those taking part in the Resurrection Day Play. This play will be presented Sunday, April 20 to a combined Sunday school class.

Darlene Sorensen, Linda Armstrong, and several of the teen girls will be attending a Youth Retreat at Hammond Mill, Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12. They will leave at 3:30 and come back late Saturday.

Going to Springfield for medical tests, dealing with spring allergies, preparing for the ACT, watching storms, cleaning out flower beds, and cutting down wild onions in the lawn are all some of the things that were occupying our folks this last week. No one complained about the warming temperatures, at least not yet. People seemed to be seeking out the sun instead of looking for a shade.

Norma Stillings sang a special song, Sunday morning. Pastor Bob Sorensen brought the third of five messages on the events of Easter, “The Trial of Jesus.”

In order to arrive at a verdict of “guilty” leading to a sentence of death, Jewish law required that two witnesses must agree. There was no agreement found even though many false witnesses came, finally there were two who said, “This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.”  This was the worst indictment that they could make, and it was not even a true statement.

The priest used Jesus true testimony, “Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven,” to convince the council that Jesus was worthy of death. It did not convince Pilate or Herod, though. Even though they used their own methods to try to secure a confession, they both concluded that Jesus was innocent of any charge worthy of death. It was the mob who declared Jesus to be guilty and forced his crucifixion.

These conspirators and the mob that they had stirred up did not realize that they were fulfilling prophecy. Their verdict of guilty led to our deliverance. When Jesus received the death penalty for sins he did not commit, he paid for all of our sins. The question remains what will you do with Jesus the Christ? Do you accept or reject his payment for your sin?

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