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April 4, 2015

I don’t know why but I hate those things that you get on Facebook. I never read them. This sort of thing:

“They all smiled when she came on stage but when she started to sing, you won’t believe what happened next”.

“This boy thought he had a huge spot on his chin, but you won’t believe what crawled out”.

“When this 92 year old woman decided to take on the whole Liverpool FC team, with one leg tied behind her back, you won’t believe the result”.

It all sounds sensational doesn’t it?

So here’s one for Easter:

“They checked that he was dead, put him in a tomb and rolled a heavy stone across. What happens next will blow your mind!!! And can change your life forever!”

It’s been a few days now.

For me it started on Thursday night at a Tennabrae service, through Good Friday worship, through the in between-ness of Easter Saturday. There’s plenty more to come tomorrow.

It is a lot to take in. Different thoughts occur to me, which may make this seem like a rather random post.

Earlier in the week I duscussed my Easter plans with one of my colleagues. She talked about the Easter celebrations and then pulled herself up, “Of course celebration isn’t the right word”.

You bet it is the right the word! Of all the things which crop up in the church calendar there is nothing I want to celebrate more than the day of resurrection, when death was smashed to pieces, the devil got his head crushed, and the door was opened to a livng relationship with almighty God. When you and I are handed life in all its fullness here on earth and life without end. When our sins are forgiven. 

Yeah that IS a celebration.

Wish I’d answered her that forcibly…

On Friday I was struck again by the story of the thief crucified with Jesus. This is an event which underlines the nonsense people talk when they think we can earn Jesus’ forgiveness by the things we do before or after we put our faith in him. 

The announcement was immediate “Today you will be with me in paradise”.

Would people ever see the change in him, in good living, a changed personality? Never.

But that man was translated in an instant.

From darkness to light.

From death to life.

From sinner to Saint.

How much did he understand of the gospel?

He trusted Jesus in the moment and the promise was real.

Then on Friday I was confused to listen to a programme  on Christian radio. It told us about Easter Sunday and how Jesus died in our place. That God laid our sin on hm. That he took our punishment. That Jesus suffered and died in my place.

It wasn’t that which threw me.

It was the disclaimer at the beginning.

“The teaching in the following  programme does not reflect the views of all Christians”.

Read Isaiah 53, Psalm 22. Sing your hymns.

I’ll tell you what I believe.

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭53‬:‭5‬ NIVUK)”.

That was his plan. That was the extent of his love.

John Newton didn’t write a hymn about God’s ‘Amazing Justice’.

‘Amazing Grace’.

I’ll take that.

Tomorrow is the big day.

The sky had better be blue and the sun shining. No other weather is appropriate.

Tomorrow is a celebration.

It is THE celebration.

Oh but for Christians it’s not just about tomorrow.

We are resurrection people.

The depth of Jesus’ love on the cross is always before us.

But we are alive!  

HAPPY EASTER!!

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