Easter Day

We have journeyed through Lent, which has given us time to reflect on Jesus’ journey to the cross and perhaps engage in some self reflection and acts of penitence.  He endured temptation, he challenged the abuse of power by the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Chief Priest and the Roman rulers. But most of all he challenged the sin in the world.  All the sin that had ever been, all the sin that was, and all the sin there would ever be.  That includes our sin too.

He went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.  And because of that, because of the sin he took upon himself for us, he had to die.  Perhaps the most shocking thing to realise is that the one responsible for Jesus’ death wasn’t the Pharisees or the Sadducees.  It wasn’t the Chief Priest or Herod.  It wasn’t even Pilate.  It was God.  Such was the love of God for us that He was prepared to allow his one and only Son to die for us.

No wonder Mary stood outside the tomb weeping.  How can we not weep when we are comforted by the enormity of our sin and the price Jesus paid for us?

And just as the angels said to Mary, we too are asked in our brokenness why are we crying?  We are asked that question by Jesus too.  The reality, the enormous reality that we have to grapple with and take on board is that Jesus conquered sin and death.  We love because God first loved us.  We forgive because God forgives us.  We are called to live as Easter people, walking in the light of life – that abundance & newness of life Christ accomplished for us and calls us into.

Whatever start to this year you may have had, whether bereavement, and grief, illness, personal suffering and tragedy or quite simply feeling you have messed up and are unworthy may you know Christ’s death was enough.  He will not leave your or forsake you….nothing can extinguish the light of Christ, not even death.  Christ is risen, He is risen indeed.  Live in joy, wonder and awe knowing the cross is empty.  Live as Children of Light.  Amen

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Trust me

There are times in our life when we are called to trust and for many of us that can be very very difficult.  It may be that we have been badly let down and disappointed and have had our trust betrayed so many times in the past.  When we enter into a situation in which we perhaps need to trust it is as if we are ‘steeling’ ourselves for what the inevitable ‘let down’ or ‘betrayal’ will be like.

I’ve been thinking and praying about that a lot.  It strikes me that when we enter into situations in that way we are diminished in our capacity to engage freely as a human being.  And it doesn’t just have an impact on friendships or relationships with people; it also has an impact on our relationship with God because we can find it hard to trust him too.

We may understandably seek to be wise and discerning about trusting friends if we have been hurt and disappointed in the past.  But God never lets us down.  He makes so many promises to us.  That doesn’t mean we won’t have wilderness experiences or sometimes stumble and fall.  It does mean though that he will never leave us and there is nothing that can separate us from his love, nothing,  We love because God first loved us.  And perfect love casts out all fear.

Our beginning and our ending have to be in God.  It is from trusting God and casting all our cares upon him that we are released to be fully human and all that we might be.  It is from trusting God that we might find strength to take those small faltering steps to trust others perhaps with a wiser head on and with the ability to speak out.

Dare to trust…dare to trust God with me, because believe me I know how hard it can be to trust at times.  May we have the courage to journey with Christ even to the cross and know the light of his resurrection and that newness of life.