He is Risen!
Whether you are a practicing Christian or not, allow me to wish a Happy and Joyous Easter to you and yours.
Two millennia ago, Jesus of Nazareth died for our sins so that humanity could be redeemed. The Son of God came into this world as a man, lived as a man, and then died as a man, for men. When John the Baptist first laid eyes on Jesus, he proclaimed, "behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." While John was correct, he never could have known the sacrifice that would be needed for that redemption.
Even today, words often fail to truly capture that sacrifice; Christ was crucified and accepted his fate so that mankind would have redemption.
In the Crucifixion story, it is easy to realize who the "bad guys" are: Obviously Judas, Pontius Pilate, and the Roman soldiers… But thousands of everyday people also lined the streets to chide and abuse Jesus while he marched towards Calvary.
Christ died for them too. He asked God to 'forgive them, for they know not what they do.'
One important message of the Easter story is that no one is beyond saving. And in our political climate today, remember that the same applies to political opponents.
So today, celebrate with family and friends. Teach the young ones the true meaning of Easter. Celebrate the redemption that Jesus Christ gave to you.
But tomorrow, we go back to work, fighting to redeem our country.
Joe Otto and the Conservative Daily team