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faithfulness will not fail.Until next time, God blessXxxxxxxGod loves you so much that He send His son Jesus Christ to die for your sins. After His resurrection and ascension into heaven, He sent His Spirit to live in our lives and empower us to live the abundant life. But we must personally ask Him into our lives to be our Lord and Savior. If you are sincere about asking Him into your life, why don't you pray the suggested prayer below:(Prayer is talking to God. God knows your heart and is not as concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.)Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to You and ask you to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Amen.If you prayed this prayer today, you have made the most important decision in your life. xxxxxxxxQ:Why do you Christians make such a big deal of Jesus' death? After all, throughout history lots of famous people (like Socrates) have been put to death for their beliefs. What makes Jesus so special?________________________________________A:
Today, Christians throughout the world will be remembering the death of Jesus Christ on a Roman cross almost 2,000 years ago. This day is often called “Good Friday,” and it recounts Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, trialand crucifixion.Isn’t it a contradiction to call such a tragic series of events “Good Friday”? In some ways it is, because what took place then wasn’t only cruel but unjust, for Jesus was innocent of the charges brought against Him. In fact, Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor, repeatedly declared, “I find no basis for a charge againsthim” (John 19:4). And yet Pilate gave in to the pressure of the crowd and ordered Him put to death.But what took place that day was truly good, because it was the most important event in human history (along with Jesus’ resurrection). The reason is because by His death Jesus paid the price for our sins. He was without sin, but on the cross all our sins were placed on Him, and He died in our place. As the Bible says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Ephesians 1:7).As you’ve said, history records the deaths of many great men and women. But only Christ’s death offers us the hope of forgiveness and eternal life. On this holy day, take time to reflect on Christ’s death for you — and then respond by giving your life to Him. The Bible says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).Get to Know Christ Today.xxxxxxxxSERVING THE WORLD AS RESIDENT ALIEN PRIESTSWriting to a group of Christians who are being slandered, falsely accused, and perhaps even physically abused because of their allegiance to Jesus (1 Peter 2:12, 18-20; 3:13-17; 4:4, 14,19), Peter explains how Christians are called to transform their suffering into service to the world. Christ has called us to follow him in a world that does not recognize him. We are resident aliens in this strange land, which is not yet