He was born to a virgin -- on a glorious night – the sky filled with angels proclaiming the Good News.

Oh, the herald angels did sing! “Glory to the newborn king,” they declared.

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Shepherds came, as did Wise Men from the East -- bearing treasures for the promised One.

It was as the prophets foretold.

The child grew into a man – a great teacher – a man of miracles.

He turned water into wine, gave sight to the blind, raised a dead man from the grave.

And yet the path He walked would one day take him to the Via Dolorosa -- the way of suffering. Betrayed for 30 pieces of silver.

He was beaten for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities.

Humanity's only hope of salvation was nailed to a cross.

The Scriptures describe unimaginable agony -- and yet this man from Galilee -- pleaded with his Father -- forgive them.

And then he died -- the Lamb was sacrificed.

What happened on Friday was Good --but what happened three days later was even better.

Our Lord is risen, my friends. He is risen, indeed.