I am not often in this forum. But I got this in an email today and had to share it with you all. It is from a friend of mine - Paul Clark - who was a fairly big name in the CCM field back in the late 1970s and a bit into the 1980s. He brought Phil Keaggy to the CCM world and started Kelly Willard on her career being one of his backup singers and producing her first album.
24/72 by Paul Clark
A few years back, a large population of television viewers were enthralled with the TV show, "24." The rock star status of Jack Bauer drew millions into the conspiracies and betrayals living deep in the belly of government.
2,000 years ago, long before multi-media was en vogue, a betrayal unfolded that enabled government and religious authorities in Jerusalem to participate in a drama that would have been a network thriller. I can almost see the trailer … the skies turn angry, then dark … then the digits "72" with a bold orchestral stab … . fade to black. From Friday afternoon to Sunday morning, the missing hero would have had the entire region talking somewhat akin to "Who shot J.R.?" back in the heyday of Dallas.
Unlike Jack Bauer, the hero of this season ending series, Jesus Christ, allowed himself to be subdued by the evil process in an act of love that liberated an audience far more reaching than cable, or the internet.
The common verse, John 3:16, still holds more power than anything media could ever drum up. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son ….." Those words alone keep me coming back to the eternal story with more attention and gratitude than when I gave my heart to Jesus in the Spring of 1970.
I hope that this "72" hour period, that we call Good Friday and Easter, will be a time that you draw closer to your Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. The story didn't end on the cross. Tetelastai, it is finished …. Christ is risen, risen indeed!
After all …...love,
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