He is risen!
People die and come back to life in many religions.
Christianity’s most important story focuses on a character who is resurrected from the dead. Jesus, a Jewish teacher living in Israel during ancient Roman times, is viewed as a threat to society. He is sentenced to crucifixion on a cross. But three days after he dies, he comes back to life just as he’d promised. He is seen by several people. He speaks with them, spends time with them, and gives them hope. They spread the good news that God – in the form of a man – came down to earth to redeem all people from death, so that they could live forever. Every spring, Christians celebrate this miracle of life over death.
“A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.” – Mahatma Gandhi
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