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ExodusMagApr2018

E D I T O R S N O T E

E D I T O R S N O T E The Gospel Easter! One of the most popular ‘holidays’ in religion. A time for lent for the Catholics, and celebration of Good Friday for many. A time where those that fellowship as Anglicans, Catholics or Methodists take to reflect on their relationship with the Lord by sacrificing certain things they love for 40 days, in honour of the Lord. For some it is food, some technology and some even smoking. This period of sacrifice or fasting, is broken on Good Friday; a day when the death of Christ on the cross is celebrated by preaching or reflecting on the last words he spoke while on the cross. The words are called in the Catholic religion ‘the seven last words’. I asked a friend of mine the other time if he knew about these words and his answer was that, ‘the only thing I know about Good Friday is that it is a commemoration of Christ’s crucifixion’. I was amazed at how he didn’t know about how the Catholic religion celebrates this day; a religion so popular and significant where I come from; a day which even the heathens know about and find the doors of the church. It then dawned on me that he obviously is not the only one. This day used to be a very significant day for me too. As I grew up in the Anglican church, I understood the religion of Easter and Good Friday’s ‘seven words’ and respected it, until one day, now with a much better understanding of the bible, I decided to go through these seven last words everyone was so hyped up about on my own and for my own understanding. Two of these words seem to mean the same thing from my level of understanding, although differently interpreted. However, I stand to be corrected. 6 th word: John 19:30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘it is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. 7 th word: Luke 23:46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!’ And having said this he breathed his last. Matthew; Mark; Luke and John all talk about Jesus’ last days leading to his death but in different interpretations. Is it then safe to say that this religious commemoration on Good Friday should be called the ‘6 last words’ rather than ‘7 last words’? Is it possible that Jesus said something and gave up his spirit, only to come back, say something and give up his spirit again? In these last days, it is no longer enough to have someone else teach you the gospel. You need to read and understand the word of God yourself and allow the Holy Spirit to interpret it for you. You need to equip yourself with the truth so that you are not easily fooled by all sorts of teachings and religious practises that come your way. It is time to wise up regarding the gospel, time to know the truth! Mfesim Mfesi Mayekiso exoduschristianhub.wordpress.com April 2018 5

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