27th March 2016

Alleluia. Christ is risen, he is risen indeed. Alleluia!

At the heart of the Christian story is the power of the cross to transform lives. Jesus died on the cross so that the price of our sin is paid and Satan no longer has a claim on our life. We have been saved from the clutches of sin through Jesus’s once and for all sacrifice of himself. The Bible tells us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.’ John 3.16 The cross is the ultimate sign of God’s love for us but the story does not end there.

On the third day Jesus rose from the dead. If the cross is the sign of God’s love, the resurrection is the sign of God’s power. If the Easter story had ended in Jesus’s death, then Satan would have won. The resurrection shows us that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice - we really are free from the weight of our human sinfulness -  and raised him from the dead. This demonstrates that God has power over life and over death. It also makes it possible for Christ to be with us now and for us to have an advocate in heaven. What that means is that Jesus knows what it is to be human and can be alongside us in our weakness. Following Jesus gives us the necessary power to live as God requires, enabling us to triumph over our natural sinfulness.

Another important aspect of the resurrection is that if demonstrates that when we are all raised we will have new bodies, for it is this earth and this creation that God will make perfect and those who believe in him will be part of that. 

We can spend a lot of time working out how or why this works but the fact is that it is the wisdom of God that makes it so. Faith is about accepting it and living in the light of what follows. What does Jesus’s death and resurrection mean for your life? How will you live in the light of it? That is the challenge for all who claim to be Christian. We will explore this some more in the weeks to come. 

Today we rejoice that Jesus is alive! ‘Therefore, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.’ 1. Cor.5.8

This Eastertime, may God give to each one of you is comfort and his joy, his light and his life, in this world and the next. 

Jenny 

 

 

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime. Martin Luther


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