On Sunday 22nd, get together at The Playhouse (St John Street, Colchester) for Brunch at 11am. It’s a slow start to Sunday, with tasty ’Spoons food and good conversations. Bring friends!
It’s normal to fear death, as it seems to negate everything we live for. But as we know, physical death is inevitable. We also fear the death of our human spirit, which can happen before physical death. We can experience that in depression or addictions, or see it in others who have lost their way.
We believe God came to earth as Jesus and showed the way to the good life here and now, in his life and teaching — saying things like “my burden is light”, ”blessed are the poor in spirit”, “love your enemies”, “it’s better to give than receive”, and “do not worry”.
On Easter Day, we celebrate what we believe makes this possible: the resurrection of Jesus following his physical execution on the cross.
We believe that somehow Jesus took all the pain, sin and evil of the world and defeated it, a cosmic victory that sets humans free to live the lives they were always designed to live.
That’s of course if we people want to – it takes a sort of death, a death of the addiction to self, to do that. But if we do, Jesus is there to make it possible. So it’s Good News for today, and for whatever tomorrow holds in life, and beyond physical death.
Because of Easter, “death has lost its sting”, and all people — anywhere, always — can celebrate!
Easter celebrates the ‘cross-roads’ of history, when love, forgiveness and sacrifice became the power to make all things new, for anyone, at any time.
This, folks, is the Good News of Jesus! He calls us to believe that the “power of self-giving love unveiled on the cross is the real thing, the power that made the world in the first place is now in the business of remaking it.”*
The forms of power that we are more used to – global empires, multi-milllion-pound businesses, all the way down to classrooms, families and gangs, are so often corrupt and self-serving versions of the saving, healing, life-enhancing power of the loving God.
And this is the God whose likeness we understand by looking at what Jesus said and did.
Good News for anyone, at any time!
*Tom Right The Day the Revolution Began SPCK 2016