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Lincoln and the Lord Mark 16:1-8

Lincoln and the Lord

Lincoln died for his country; Jesus died -- and lives -- for the world.

At a Glance

This coming Friday marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. He was shot on Good Friday, April 14, 1865. The parallels between Lincoln's life and death and that of Jesus of Nazareth are uncanny, but with at least one important difference.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "The Big Empty," April 12, 2009, at

On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was attending a performance of the raucous play Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C, when actor and southern conspirator John Wilkes Booth crept into the balcony and shot the president in the back of the head. It happened only four days after the long war for the preservation of the American nation had ended -- a great victory for the Union followed by great mourning for an unimaginable loss, sometimes referred to as the "Black Pageant."

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