Supporting & Celebrating Jesus’ Rebellion this Easter

Tonight, a record number of Americans are likely going to sit down and enjoy the start of the faith-based series “A.D. The Bible Continues” on NBC.  This is a continuation from “The Bible” mini-series that saw around 100 million cumulative views.  Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, the producers, are excited about what this number of viewers represents for our country – a longing for faith.

I think that one of the most profound experiences of my life, has been trying to truly understand who Jesus Christ was and how I can be a more loving, at peace, and forgiving individual based on those teachings from the Bible.  I also think it is important to embrace the rebellious character that Jesus was, this peace-loving rabble-rouser that effectively caused friction with leaders who sought to ‘keep people on their knees’.

It is possible to be both peaceful and rebellious.  At, this is what we do – there are many, many ways to rebel against bad people, bad government, and bad policies – by peacefully acting out in positive and proactive ways that counter the bad, the evil, and the unjust.

Today, Christians celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, and I hope that we can do more of this celebrating every day by embracing and invoking what Jesus taught – to refuse to be motivated by fear, to know you are loved, and to not be afraid to stand up for what is just.

– Tisha Casida


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