Christian Youth Conference at Ocean Park

Palm cross on a bible


Contributed by: Debbie Davey Fukuda (class of 1998)

This past year, COVID has kept people worldwide inside our homes.  We were unable to see friends and loved ones; we were unable to celebrate weddings and birthdays; we were unable to say good-bye to those we loved.  It was a sacrifice we made for the health of those around us. Now that vaccines have been created and distributed, slowly we are being able to return to a sense of freedom and normalcy. 

This reminds me of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. He was tortured and hung on a cross to die. As he was dying, people were hurling insults at him. His best friend, Peter, was denying he knew him. He knew it was going to happen, but he chose to do it anyway. 

“For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning his shame and sat down at the right hand of God.” 

Hebrews 12:2

The days following his crucifixion were sorrowful for those who followed him and loved him.  His mother wept, Peter felt shame for denying him and Judas was overcome with guilt. 

But on Easter, Jesus arose from the grave – overcoming evil and death. Giving people eternal life. He paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live and be free. We were saved from darkness. This Easter let’s take time to thank those who have made sacrifices for us and let’s worship Jesus, the one who paid the ultimate sacrifice for us. 

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sin.”

– Colossians 1:13-14