We have just celebrated the most important part of the Christian year, Easter, the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. For many I suspect Easter has been a time to have a few days away with the family, maybe abroad or even closer to home. But by enlarge Easter has become a national holiday with the real meaning being eclipsed by the big brands selling us a different story, a story that usually invites us to part with our money without hesitation or reflection.
So, therefore I would like to give you a different invitation, one that does not have strings attached, in fact one that is freely given. This invitation does not come through the post or by e-mail, offering great reductions; instead it comes from the very heart of God, viva an empty tomb, carved in a rock some two thousand years ago in Jerusalem. The story of Easter is about God’s own son showing the world that it is possible to live where love, freedom and truth is at the heart of who we are. And through his death on the cross and his resurrection from the tomb Jesus invites us all to be part of it.
Jesus was considered a revolutionary of his day, because he upset the status quo, he offered a different way, peace instead of war, and love instead of hatred. And through us that quiet revolution continues today, because his message still changes lives and therefore brings wholeness and healing to the communities where we live.
So as I reflect upon Easter my hope and prayer is that you heard the real Easter story, whether from one of the many “Passion Plays” performed by local Churches or even on TV, or perhaps you attended a Church service. But if you did not, let me invite you to share in the “Good News” of Jesus Christ and then maybe next Easter will be different for you too.
Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
John 11 verse 25