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The April Fool John 20:1-18

The April Fool

God pulls off the greatest jest in history!

At a Glance

This year, Easter falls on April Fools' Day. What are the chances of that happening? Not great. Since 1700, Easter has landed on April Fools' Day 11 times. In percentages, that's 3.5 percent. So, this weird calendar event is an opportunity to discuss the greatest prank in history, and to ponder the question as to who the April fool is in the Easter story.

Editors' Pick

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

Today is April Fools' Day. It is also Easter Sunday.

This unusual conjunction of dates cannot go without comment.

It is unusual. Since 1700, 318 years ago, Easter has fallen on April 1 only 11 times! The last time Christians celebrated Easter April 1 was in 1956 -- more than 60 years ago when the world was so unlike the world and culture we inhabit today.

It is unusual. Although Easter falls on April Fools' Day again in 2029 and 2040, it will then not be observed April 1 for another 68 years -- 2108. And...

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