Who Played the Fool

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April 1, 2018. Easter and April Fools’ Day fall on the same date this year. Some say we Christians are foolish to celebrate a man who came back from the dead. How believable is it after all? But Pastor Penny tells us that in this story it’s Jesus who plays the fool. He allows himself to be arrested, doesn’t speak for himself when given the opportunity, and while being crucified he prays forgiveness for those taunting him. Why does he do all this? For us. In playing the fool for us, Jesus took away our fear of death so that he can help us with life.

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