Amazing Grace, the story of Easter - part 1 - John Van Sloten

March 21, 2008

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryToday is Good Friday. This morning we’re going to talk about the role we all play in the crucifixion of Christ.

“By the late 18th century, over 11 million African men, women and children had been taken from Africa to be used as slaves in the West Indies and American colonies. Great Britain was the mightiest superpower on earth and its empire was built on the back of slaves. The slave trade was considered acceptable by all but a few. Of these, even fewer, were brave enough to speak against it.”
Opening lines of the film Amazing Grace, the story of abolitionist William Wilberforce, 2006

“Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save,
nor his ear too dull to hear.
But your iniquities have separated
you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
so that he will not hear.
For your hands are stained with blood,
your fingers with guilt.
Your lips have spoken lies,
and your tongue mutters wicked things.
No one calls for justice;
no one pleads his case with integrity.
They rely on empty arguments and speak lies;
they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.
Isaiah 59:1-4

“When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One."
The Gospel of Luke 23:33-35, NIV

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