As I write this on
the day after Mothering Sunday signs of spring and new life are in the air; the birds are starting to build nests; lambing
is well underway; the daffodils are coming into flower and if the sound of frogs croaking in the evenings is anything to go
by we shall have a pond full of frog-spawn anytime now! The evenings are certainly getting lighter and with the vaccine roll-out
going well there is a general feeling of hope in the air.
Christians hope and new life comes in the form of Jesus Christ and particularly in his death and resurrection which we celebrate
at Easter. As the sun rises over our planet on Easter Day, believers the world over will be preparing to meet together to
declare “Christ is Risen!” Although the Christian faith is undoubtably a mystery, at its heart it is simple; ‘that
Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to
the scriptures’, (1Corinthians 15:3-4). If Christ hadn’t come back to life our faith would be meaningless because
we would have no assurance that his death had accomplished anything. However, because he did come back to life and appear
to his followers we can be confident that his work was effective; that sin has been dealt with, evil defeated and we have
the confidence and hope that death is not the end.
course, after the resurrection life seemed to go on as before; the Romans were still in charge, the poor were still poor and
people still got sick, but for those who saw the Risen Christ, it slowly dawned on them that Jesus was alive. In the world
today there are wars and injustice, the poor remain poor and there is still some way to go before we can relax over Covid
– struggles between life and death go on around us every day. But for Christians there is the belief that because Jesus
still lives he can transform and bring new life to every situation. Jesus said; ‘I am the resurrection and the life’
Wishing you all a happy and blessed Easter!
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