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Abraham Zapruder

Abraham Zapruder

Abraham Zapruder would never forget what happened on November 22, 1963. Zapruder was excited about President Kennedy’s visit to Dallas that day, and he took his movie camera with him to record the president’s motorcade as it went past. Little did he know that the events of that day would stay with him for the rest of his life.

Zapruder’s camera caught the assassination of the president. When he realized what had happened, he shouted, “They killed him, they killed him!”

The killing of President Kennedy affected Zapruder profoundly. He continued to have nightmares. He once said, “The thing comes back every night.” He could not get over the gruesome death of such an important man.

Though we were not at the cross where Jesus died, in a sense we are taken back there every time we take communion and are reminded that Jesus died to pay for our sins. His sacrificial death should not give us nightmares. However, it should have a profound effect on us for the rest of our lives.

“Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain…”—Revelation 5:6.

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