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Easter And Judo: Are There Parallels?

Easter, How Judo Like?

Around Easter, I cannot get away from just how judo like it is. What better way to understand the death and resurrection of Christ than the idea of never giving up. If death can't defeat us through Christ then what can.

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Also, consider the Judo principle of Mutual welfare and benefit.

When I was going for my Shodan ( 1st level Black belt) I was training with a young man by the name of Paul. I remember how comfortable I felt with him. It was marvellous to be thrown by someone with force and precision and know that there would be no trauma when I landed. He treated me with respect by trusting that, at that level, I knew what I was doing and therefore he could throw me with force and precision and I returned the complement.

We looked after each others welfare by treating each other with respect. We both benefited by obtaining our black belts.

Jesus died for the mutual welfare and benefit of all. Of course, there was nothing comfortable about it for Him. I am not diminishing what He went through at all. But there was mutual welfare and benefit in that He let our sin kill him so that we could gain eternal fellowship with.

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I wonder how many of us have thought about what we could do so that mutual welfare could be served this Easter.

Something else we learn to do in Judo is to use your opponent's force against them.

It's a funny thing that when I was thinking about Easter I realized that is just what Jesus did when He died on the cross. When He died for you and me He used death to overcome death. 1 Corinthians chapter 15: verses 21-22 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Something to think about I think.

Have a happy and safe Easter.

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