E is for earthquake, eternal (or everlasting) life and Eucharist

My posts for the A to Z Challenge this year are all about the Easter Story, recorded in 4 books of the New Testament: the Gospels. Image in sidebar links to Theme Reveal post.

Image in sidebar or below post links to Theme reveal

For this year’s A to Z challenge I am highlighting some important words from the Easter story.

Readers, who have read the passages from Matthew’s gospel linked in my post for the letter C or my theme reveal will remember that there was an earthquake at the time of Jesus’ death.

One of the best known verses in the New Testament is John 3:16. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. A well-known setting of this verse to music is the arrangement by Stainer in his choral work, The Crucifixion.

The result of Jesus’ sacrifice, which we remember at Easter, is echoed in a popular Christmas carol, Mary’s boy child: ‘That man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day’. The theology of the carol is simplified, but the sentiments that Jesus’ life on earth gave the possibility of eternal life are true.

Eucharist is a word, which means thanksgiving. In my post for the letter B, I described how Jesus celebrated the Passover meal instituting the Eucharist.


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