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Suffering, Death and Resurrection - I will in the following be giving evidence as to why Jesus' example of self-sacrifice and his suffering, death and resurrection as shown in Mark's gospel are important to Christians today.

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Suffering, Death and Resurrection I will in the following be giving evidence as to why Jesus' example of self-sacrifice and his suffering, death and resurrection as shown in Mark's gospel are important to Christians today. I will achieve the above by looking at the different ways Jesus suffered during Holy week, looking at the events of the resurrection and by looking at ways Christians can live by Jesus' example of self sacrifice and suffering. There are many instances are many instances where Jesus suffers in Mark's gospel. Jesus knew that he was going to be betrayed and denied by one of his closest friends the supper proves this when he says, "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me." This would lead Jesus to suffer mentally, waiting to be betrayed, and when he was betrayed he knew that it would lead to his physical suffering. Jesus would also have been distressed knowing that Peter would disown him, "Tonight, before the cock crows twice, you will disown me three times." In the Garden on Gethsemane Jesus suffered emotionally because he knew that he was going to die. Jesus was praying to be relieved of the pain, "Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me." ...read more.

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tomb was rolled away, when they entered the tomb they saw a young man dressed in white, whom some Christians believe was an Angel. He said, " Don't be alarmed." He then goes on to say "He has risen," meaning Jesus. Jesus' resurrection put a metaphorical bridge over sin and death to allow people to be able to cross into heaven when they die, whereas before they would fall into the 'river' of sin and death. Some Christians suffer for their faith, following the examples of Jesus' self sacrifice. Catholics in China are tortured just for their faith, which shows the example that Jesus' self sacrifice gave. In Northern Ireland Catholics and Protestants both die because of attacks that one group might do to another just because they are different types of Christian. Some people from the Philippines, in order to remember what Jesus went through, and to follow his example, crucify themselves. Catholic Priests suffer in a way because they have to give up having a family, which would obviously be lonely. Although some Christians have to make sacrifices in order to be Christian not all do but they should still try to follow Jesus' example of self-sacrifice by making smaller sacrifices in their life, for example they are expected to give to the poor, and help third world countries develop, by taking part in days of fast to raise money. ...read more.

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Many people who wear crosses are not at all religious and just wear them because they think it's necessary to wear a cross to make a fashion statement, but I'm sure that if given the chance these people wouldn't wish to wear a gold electric chair or a guillotine, so I think it is wrong to wear it in this sense. I also think that you should not wear a crucifix if you are not going to use it for the purpose of praying. Some people wear crucifixes as a constant source of inspiration, and strength. Some people may also wear one because they believe that Jesus intended Christians to. In Luke (14:27) Jesus says, "Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple." Some Christians believe that wearing a crucifix symbolises the love that Jesus has for us. Some Christians also believe that the crucifix is a reminder to us that is was our sins that nailed him to the cross, so it reminds us not to sin. Christians didn't wear or display crucifixes until it was no longer a form of capital punishment. Instead they made the sign of the cross, if wearing a cross or crucifix means the same as the sign of the cross then I see no reason why it would be unsuitable to wear them. ...read more.

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