The Inside Column 31/3

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Good Morning and a very warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with us today we pray you will feel at home here at St Barnabas. Please make yourself known and feel welcome to stay for tea or coffee and a hot cross bun after the service.

He is risen, He has risen indeed! Today we come together to remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ – the turning point in history. Although it is an amazing story and at the centre of the Christian faith, we can become so familiar with the story that we can easily forget just how incredible it is.

The cross was a form of execution which by AD337 even the Romans had abolished, having decided this particular method of killing was ’too cruel’. Crucifixion is a terrible way to die. When people were crucified they not only had all the physical pain, but it was the ultimate humiliation – a way of showing in the class system of the day that you were ‘lower than the lowest’.

By placing the sign King of the Jews above Jesus head on the cross, they weren’t only killing someone, they were trying to destroy all that this person Jesus stood for. They wanted to not only wipe out this Jesus but also to wipe Jesus out of all the people’s memory.

Most leaders who’ve influenced nations or even changed the world are remembered for the impact of their lives. Jesus, who more than any other person changed the face of world history. He is remembered for his death, even more than his life.

God came to earth in the person of His son, Jesus Christ, to die for you and for me.

The Resurrection was so amazing that even the disciples did not believe it at first.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

LUKE 24: 9-12

It is through the resurrection that the lives of the disciples changed forever, it is through the resurrection that our lives can be changed forever.

The question for all of us this Easter is “Will we let Him?

Yours in Christ
Philip

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