He is risen! Alleluia!
One of the great things about the Anglican Church is that it calls for six weeks of Easter celebrations. And why not! The resurrection of Jesus is the ground-breaking, life-changing news at the heart of the Christian message. We enjoyed a wonderful Easter weekend at All Saints celebrating and thinking more about the death and resurrection of Jesus – a passover Supper, three hours at the cross, a very moving performance of the Messiah and an uplifting Easter Sunday together. Robert has thanked everyone who gave so much of themselves in helping in the events over the weekend – it was a great time for the whole church family and many visitors.But there’s more! Our celebration and contemplation continues throughout the six week season of Easter.
All our services over the next few weeks will deal with elements and implications of the resurrection because how we think of the resurrection of Jesus and all it heralds will determine the kind of Christians we will be. Our predecessors in the faith have given their all to the gospel because the resurrection of Jesus is the Divine stamp of approval for all he taught claimed to be – we can be certain of the truth we declare. It also guarantees the inheritance that is ours as we trust ourselves to Jesus. We shall one day be like him in the new heavens and earth. We need not satisfy our thirst for every experience this world has to offer, to visit every land or culture in fear that we will miss out on something – for all that is good about this world is only a shadow of things to come. Who worries about missing a trailer to the film when they know they have tickets to the full showing. Christ has conquered death, has opened the way to the Father of all, and in his resurrected body heralds new creation. That is a message we can give ourselves to fully, even when it means sacrifice in the here and now, for we know that any light and momentary trouble in this life is achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. Hallelujah!