I thought it would be appropriate today to summarise my three Easter entries, to give an overall lesson, if you will, for the weekend.
Easter weekend is arguably the most important time, not just for the Christian but for the world in general. This is the weekend where the whole course of human history was changed some 2000-odd years ago. On Good Friday, Jesus Christ was hammered to the cross in one of the most painful forms of execution ever devised. He was killed by the Romans as a condemned criminal, as a disgrace. The fellow who claimed to be the Messiah had been beaten, whipped, mocked, and now killed. He hadn't brought a Kingdom, he'd been KILLED, he was an absolute failure.
How the disciples and other believers would've felt is simply unimaginable. They would've been in absolute despair. They'd committed all to Jesus, they thought he was going to save them and bring the Kingdom they expected, but now he was DEAD. These people had nothing but despair - this was their worst nightmare, and it was real. Christ really was lying there in his tomb, dead. He'd bled and died on the cross. Historical fact confirms this.
But then the most amazing event occurred, an event of unparalleled significance. Jesus Christ rose from the dead. At this point, I HIGHLY recommend you go to my post from yesterday and read the quote from G. K. Chesterton (in fact, I recommend you read the whole book it's from, Orthodoxy). We know Christ physically rose from the dead through the testimony of the skeptical Thomas, and in his resurrection, Christ defeated everything, even death. His death on the cross was not a failure or the end, but a success, for he won salvation and brought man back to God, and a beginning, for the covenant of grace was instituted. There are no works we can do - God forgives us through what really is amazing grace. We live not in fear of God damning us to Hell for breaking a law, but in the comforting knowledge that God loves us enough to redeem us, even when we were filthy sinners that ignored him. Christ died for all of mankind, he victoriously rose from the dead, and quite simply, that is that.
He is risen!
To conclude the Easter weekend, I'd like to leave you with the lyrics to one of my favourite songs.
Written and performed by U2
I try to sing this song
I, I try to stand up
But I can't find my feet
I try, I try to speak up
But only in You, I'm complete
Gloria, in te domine
Oh Lord, loosen my lips
I try to sing this song
I, I try to get in
But I can't find the door
The door is open
You're standing there
You let me in
Gloria, in te domine
Oh Lord, if I had anything, anything at all, I'd give it to You
I'd give it to You
Gloria, in te domine!
Gloria, in te domine!
--- 1:58pm ---
And now a survey I did for no apparent reason that probably isn't worth reading.
Your full name:: André Various Assorted Middle Names Withoutalastname
Height:: I think I'm about 5'5.5". I was 5'5" last I checked but I've probably grown since then and now I really don't have a clue.
Natural hair colour:: White.
Eye colour:: Light blue/grey.
Number of siblings:: None, two stepbrothers.
Glasses/contacts?:: Two pairs of glasses. I'm afraid to think about how thick contacts for me would be, plus I look awful without glasses.
Piercings:: Not likely.
Tattoos:: Even less likely.
Braces?:: Why waste the money?
Band:: The one and only U2.
Song:: 11 O'clock Tick Tock (5 June 1983) by U2.
Stuffed animal:: That penguin I've had since I was ... six or so.
Video game:: No idea, seeing I don't play them any more. The Sims, I suppose.
TV show:: M*A*S*H and Fawlty Towers.
Movie:: The Great Escape.
Book:: Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
Food:: Turkish Delight, pizza, lasagne.
Game on a cell phone:: That golf one on Mum's phone.
CD cover:: Oh, the photo on the cover of October is just classic!
Flower:: I would have no idea.
Scent:: Again, no idea.
Animal:: The cat we had in NZ. He was whiter than me, haha.
Comic book:: Garfield or High Tide.
Cereal:: Don't really eat it. Cornflakes?
Website:: I'm addicted to LiveJournal and blue crack. Blue crack is Interference.
Cartoon:: Hmm. Not sure right now. OH! Thomas The Tank Engine!
Play an instrument?:: Electric guitar, so yes.
Watch TV more than 60 hours a week:: How about none? Television tends to be so boring. But hey, I can play U2 videos on it.
Like to sing?:: No, but I like to kill and destroy eardrums.
Have a job?:: I would like one very much.
Have a cell phone?:: Of course. Not as if I use it, though.
Like to play sports?:: Cricket is great fun.
Have a boyfriend/girlfriend?:: I have male and female friends, yes.
Have a crush on someone?:: No, but I crushed a bug last night. It died.
Live somewhere NOT in the united states?:: Considering the population distribution of the world, the typical answer would be yes. That also happens to be my answer.
Have more than 5 TVs in your house?:: Hmm ... I think we have five. No wait, we do have six. Mine, the one in the lounge, James's, Robby's, the one in Mum and Alan's room, and my old one on the floor in here. I forgot about that spare one.
Have any special talents/skills?:: Depends upon your perspective.
Excercise daily?:: I exercise my fingers every day.
Like school?:: I love learning and knowledge but I hate the pricks at school and the shocking curriculum.
Sing the alphabet backwards?:: Probably. No reason to try.
Stand on your tip toes without wearing shoes?:: People can't?
Speak any other languages?:: German, badly. I actually have a rant about my German class lined up for sometime.
Go a day without food?:: Pfft, not hard.
Stay up for more than 24 hours?:: I have, though I fail to see the point. It breaks my nice, ordered routine.
Read music, not just tabs?:: I was once able to. I can probably still read a little bit.
Roll your tongue?:: Yeah.
Eat a whole pizza?:: Once, don't want to again.
HAVE YOU EVER
Snuck out of the house?:: Not that I recall.
Cried to get out of trouble?:: It got me out of a detention in grade eight, haha.
Gotten lost in your city?:: Not that I recall.
Seen a shooting star?:: James sees UFOs.
Been to any other countries besides the united states?:: You ignorant prick.
Had a serious surgery?:: Yes.
Stolen something important to someone else?:: I stole four Pokemon cards from my next door neighbour. Well, he DID leave them at my house. I just never gave them back.
Solved a rubiks cube?:: Hmm ... we had one in NZ ... I don't think I ever did solve it, but I recall being on my way there when my friend took all the coloured stickers off and put them back on so it LOOKED solved.
Gone out in public in your pajamas?:: I don't head out in public in boxers and a torn shirt with penguins on it. But I made the boxers in grade eight Home Ec and wore the shirt out in public before it got torn.
Cried over a girl?:: Not that I recall.
Cried over a boy?:: Not that I recall.
Kissed a random stranger?:: Haha, no.
Hugged a random stranger?:: Again, haha, no.
Been in a fist fight?:: I won and got an after-school detention for my troubles. But no-one insults the disabled around me.
Been arrested?:: No.
Done drugs?:: Hell no. What kind of a stupid moron do you take me for?
Had alcohol?:: Yes.
Laughed and had milk come out of your nose?:: Lemonade and juice, on regular occasions. Sam is evil.
Pushed all the buttons on an elevator?:: Haha, oh, I remember when my Aunt and Uncle lived in an apartment block. Put it this way: that elevator was FUN.
Gone to school only to find you had the day off because of a holiday/etc?:: Nope. Though I did take a day off once because I thought it was a pupil free day but it wasn't.
Swore at your parents?:: I've sworn around them.
Been to warped tour?:: What?
Kicked a guy where it hurts?:: I think I did once. And certain people in my grade better be careful.
Been in love?:: 'Course not. Anyone my age or younger is kidding themselves.
Been close to love?:: Right now I'm close to a dictionary that has the word 'love' in it, so yes.
Been to a casino?:: Yes, to the non-gambling portion.
Ran over an animal and killed it?:: My mother once hit a crow when we were driving home from a holiday ... that was scary.
Broken a bone?:: Hairline fracture, yes.
Gotten stitches?:: Six. That was over a year ago and it still randomly hurts, which I hate.
Had a waterballoon fight in winter?:: I remember having them in New Zealand, but no idea about the time of year.
Drank a whole gallon of milk in one hour?:: I hate milk, so no.
Made homemade muffins?:: With my mother.
Bitten someone?:: Who didn't when they were little?
Been to disneyland/disneyworld?:: No.
More than 5 times?:: Yes, I've been four thousand, one hundred and seventy-six point two! What do you think, genius?
Been to niagra falls?:: No.
Burped in someones face?:: In Sam's regularly. Most likely in other people's, too.
Gotten the chicken pox?:: I got chicken pox bad.
WHENS THE LAST TIME YOU
Brushed your teeth:: Last night.
Went to the bathroom:: Last night.
Saw a movie in theaters:: With my SOR class last term.
Read a book:: Last night.
Had a snow day:: You need snow first.
Had a party:: Depends what kind of party you mean. I had a few people 'round for my birthday a day before the actual day this year if that counts for anything.
Had a slumber party:: I once had two friends stay over on the same night. We watched television and were thirteen. Does that count?
Made fun of someone:: I do that regularly. I think I made fun of you earlier on in this thing. Yes, that's right, I called you an ignorant prick.
Tripped in front of someone:: Huh?
Went to the grocery store:: A looong time ago.
Got sick:: Hmm ... not sure.
Cursed:: I nearly replied with 'fuck no' to the drugs question. So there's your curse.
Lights on/lights off:: On. Then I can see my U2 CD pile. It's very tall and nice.
Body spray/lotion:: Don't care.
Cash/check:: It's 'cheque', you moron, and I pick cash.
Pillows/blankets:: Pillows. Blankets tend to be itchy.
Headache/stomach ache:: Stomach ache. Headaches restrict thought too much.
Chinese food/mexican food:: Neither.
Summer/winter:: The thing we have where winter's meant to be. It both amuses and annoys me when people define winter by snow. Ignorant, actually.
Snow/rain:: Rain, because we don't get snow. As in EVER. We don't even get close.
Fog/misty:: Don't care.
Rock/rap:: Rap should be shot into the sun. That enough of an answer for you?
Boy/girl:: Is a song by U2.
Sprinkles/icing:: Sprinkles ON icing.
Cake/pie:: Mmm ... both ...
French toast/french fries:: French toast has egg on it, right? I'm allergic to egg. So fries.
Strawberries/blueberries:: BLUEBERRIES. I LOVE BLUEBERRIES.
Ocean/swimming pool:: Both are not nearly as good as people like to think they are. But swimming pool, because of an incident in the ocean a few years back.
Hugs/kisses:: Hugs? I don't know.
p33n/bewbz:: Now, do you want to speak in English? Actually, please don't, because I'm happier not comprehending your stupidity.
Wallet/pocket:: Wallet in a pocket. So there.
Emo/goth:: Emo, I suppose.
Cat/dog:: I'm not allergic to cats.
Long sleeve/short sleeve:: So long as I can see my watch or otherwise get to it easily, all is good.
Pants/shorts:: Depends. Normally shorts, but not at the moment, for Unspecified Reasons.
Winter break/spring break:: Winter, because it's longer and colder.
Spring/autumn:: Autumn, because winter's coming. Spring's hateful. Too close to summer.
Clouds/clear sky:: Clouds mean less sun. Hooray!
How many friends do you have?:: One. The rest are idiots who I don't want to hear from until I go back to school, and even then I may avoid them. Though ... then there's various assorted others online who I'd count as friends as well. But really close friends, one.
What are their names?:: You speak as if I have more than one.
Do you have a best friend?:: Obviously.
Have you ever liked one of your friends?:: Seems I hate most of them. Sam in particular has ... well, I'm not impressed. Aaron, you need to be less weird. Jamie's too insensitive. And ... that's it for people at school.
Do you have more guy friends or more girl friends?:: Figure out who the one really close friend is. Though if we're talking just in general terms of people online, most of them are female.
Have you ever lost a friend?:: Yes.
Have you ever gone to an amusement park with a friend?:: Who else would I go with?
Have you ever gotten in a big arguement with a friend?:: You bet.
Whats the nicest thing you've ever done for a friend?:: Complimented them? I'm a shocking friend.
What's the nicest thing a friend has ever done for you?:: People don't do nice things to me all that often, so the nicest thing would have to be something they said yesterday. Knowing someone wants to talk to me is a very nice thing indeed. Though I must revise my friend count to three, because there are two other people who I very much like indeed and I don't want them to feel left out. But seeing I'm not naming anyone, I guess you're all stuck in the Land of Speculation.
Do you miss any of your old friends?:: Sometimes.
What friend have you known the longest?:: If we're including all friends I've ever had, then Chris.
Do you regret anything you've done to a friend?:: Most certainly.
If so, what is it?:: I am an opinionated, arrogant prat who thinks everyone should agree with him all the time.
How often do you spend time with your friends?:: Not even close to enough.
Do any of your friends drive?:: If we're talking about the revised count, yes.
Has a friend of yours ever died?:: Thank God, no.
Whats the dumbest thing you've done with a friend?:: Please don't ask.
What do you think your friends think of you?:: Less than I think of them, I'm sure.
LOVE AND ALL THAT CRAP
Have you ever been in love?:: Of course not. Anyone my age or younger is kidding themselves.
If you have, with who?:: See previous answer.
Are you single?:: Of course. I don't see the point in teenage relationships. I don't like wasting my time on something that's redundant.
Are you in a relationship?:: If I'm single, what do you think the answer is, genius?
If so, for how long?:: I. AM. SINGLE.
Do you believe there is someone for everyone?:: No. Was there someone for the Apostle Paul? Obviously not.
What is your idea of the best date?:: A U2 concert.
What was your first kiss like?:: Am I supposed to remember?
How old were you when you got your first kiss?:: I'd presume I wasn't even a day old.
Do you think love is a load of shit?:: No. A load of shit is a load of shit. Duh.
What's the best experiance you've ever had with the opposite sex?:: Um ... being friends, I suppose.
If you are single, have you had any boyfriends/girlfriends before?:: Nope. I'm teh l0ser or something, apparently.
Have you ever been dumped?:: Obviously not.
Have you ever dumped someone?:: Obviously not.
Whats the most sexual thing youve done with the opposite sex?:: Obviously nothing. And let me say this now: have some morals and sense, people.
Slippers:: Ug boots.
Hard:: Not a whole lot.
Space:: The moon.
Good charlotte:: Are a band.
Red:: Is a colour.
Heart:: Mothers of the Disappeared.
Cord:: Cordless phone.
Cheese:: Is good.
Rain:: U2 covered it impromptu live.
Work:: Can be fun when I like it.
Fluff:: Is annoying.
Hardcore:: U2 fanatic.
Race:: Against Time was a nice b-side.
Jump:: In the air.
want:: "to go to Africa." Yes. I feel called there, truly.
need:: To know if that calling is genuine.
crave:: Particular things.
love:: Particular people.
hate:: Particular people, things, and attitudes.
did:: Reply vaguely.
feel:: Lazy. You asked that.
miss:: Not a lot.
am annoyed by:: Many things.
would rather:: Do many things.
am tired of:: Contradictions, stupidity, stuffed up bootlegs, and many things.
will always:: Love U2.
What is your favourite genre of music?:: U2. It's a genre.
What time is it now?:: 1:44pm, apparently.
What day is it?:: Monday.
Whens the last time you called someone?:: Oooh, a while ago. My father, on his birthday? Or did I call Lauren after that? Oh, I don't know. Bad memory. At least when I called Lauren I didn't get an answering machine.
How much money do you have right now?:: A particular sum.
Are you hungry?:: Sort of.
Whatcha doin?:: Hating your inability to type correctly.
Do you like parades?:: If U2's there, I would love it.
Do you like the moon?:: Yes.
What are you going to do when youre done with this?:: No idea. Write?
Isn't cup a funny word when you repeat it over and over?:: Isn't your sense of humour thoroughly pathetic and redundant?
If you could have any magical power what would it be?:: Ability to control minds.
Have you ever had a picnic?:: Yes.
Did you ever have one of those skip-its when you were young?:: ... what now?
What about sock em boppers?:: What the zark?
Are you wearing any socks right now?:: No.
DO YOU THINK YOU ARE
pretty?:: Guys aren't normally pretty, are they?
sarcastic?:: All the time and freakin' hating it.
hyper?:: On very rare occasions.
friendly?:: To my friends, sometimes.
evil?:: When I want to be.
strong?:: Physically, spiritually, mentally, or emotionally? No to the first, not really to the second, most certainly to the other two.
dorky?:: I'm unsure of the definition, but I bet Lauren will say I couldn't not be dorky.
ASSOCIATE THESE WORDS WITH SOMEONE YOU KNOW
skip:: SKIP. As in Stephanie Skip.
lonely:: Me, I presume.
pen:: Haha, I wish Liam had got expelled for stabbing IJ that time in grade eight.
flower:: No idea.
window:: No idea.
brain freeze:: Stupid people. I think Snrub has it permanently.
orange:: No idea.
jelly:: No idea.
FOR OR AGAINST
drunk drivers:: Against.
airplanes:: Trains are better.
war:: Against unless absolutely necessary.
canada:: Why would I be against?
united states:: Some of its people - for. Some of its actions - against.
rock music:: For.
gay marriage:: Completely against.
surveys:: As long as they're not by ignorant pricks.
parents:: I'm all for my mother, against my father.
britney spears:: Completely against. DIE!DIE!DIE!
coffee:: If it's loaded with sugar, for.
pants:: Are needed, no?
WOULD YOU EVER
Sky dive?:: Perhaps.
Play strip poker?:: Me? Haha.
Run away?:: Not likely.
Curse at a teacher?:: If they annoyed me enough.
Not take a shower for a week?:: Yes.
Ask someone out?:: Not going to happen.
Lie to someone to make them think better of you?:: 'Course not.
Visit a foreign country for more than a month?:: I live in a foreign country.
Go scuba diving?:: Yes.
Write a book?:: What do you think I'm doing?
Become a rockstar?:: Love to.
Have casual sex?:: What kind of a person do you take me for? Hell no.
What shampoo do you use?:: Whatever's there.
Whens the last time you did something sexual with the opposite sex?:: Never. It's called marriage, folks.
What kind of computer do you have?:: A custom-y one.
What grade are you in?:: Grade 12. Hooray, last year!
Do you like to throw popcorn at people in the movies?:: I hate the arseholes who do that. Go home, you pricks. We came to watch a MOVIE, not have you prove that you flushed your intellect down the toilet last year.
Or just make out?:: Get off the crack. This survey is starting to piss me off.
How many posters do you have in your room?:: Some of Alan's, because they were already here.
How many cds do you have?:: Lots.
What time is it now?:: 1:57pm.
Glad that's over. A lot of rants I want to go on now about morality, stupid people, and general idiocy in this joke of a society we have. Woohoo.