Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the people of Easter, and Hallelujah is our song. — Pope John Paul II
Ash Wednesday. Palm Sunday. Good Friday. Easter. Jesus Christ’s ministry, crucifixion, and miraculous resurrection. We celebrate these moments of Biblical history with a glossy filter because, as many Christians believe, these events literally made it possible for you and I to go to heaven when we die. Regardless of what you believe about heaven and hell, the Easter story is one of hope. Resurrection from death, a powerful phoenix from the ashes. It gives life. But what happens when you strip away the gloss? Why did Jesus die on the cross? Because it was the will of God to save mankind from hellfire? If so, then the executioners hold no responsibility for his murder. It was, after all, something God ordained and set in motion.