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C is for Christ, cross, crucifixion and curtain

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.

Today’s words are all relevant to Good Friday, which this year falls on 10 April in the west and 17 April in the Eastern Church.

Christ is the Greek form of the Hebrew word Messiah, the promised one. The early followers of the teacher known as Jesus of Nazareth realised that he was the one spoken of by the prophets. Jesus did not deny this. Thus He is known as Jesus Christ.

During the Jewish festival of Passover, when the time in the history of the people of Israel, when they escaped from slavery in Egypt is remembered, Jesus Christ was put to death on a wooden cross. This barbaric method of execution was favoured by the Romans, who were occupying Israel. It was known as crucifixion.
The account of Jesus death is recorded in all four Gospels in the New Testament.

The Temple in Jerusalem had a curtain separating the inner part known as the Holy of Holies, where only the High Priest could enter, from the rest of the temple. At the time of Jesus death there were a number of strange events. Death is the word I have chosen for the letter D, so most of the events will be mentioned in that post. As curtain begins with C, I am including it here.

The curtain tore from top to bottom. Matthew 27:51

Christians believe that nothing prevents them from entering into the presence of God. No curtain is needed to protect people from God, everyone has access to Him in prayer.

My Theme Reveal contains links to the Easter story in the New Testament.