The Inside Column 5/4

Posted in: The Inside Column- Apr 04, 2015 No Comments

Good morning and a warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with us we would love to get to know you. Please feel free to stay for a hot drink and hot cross buns after the service.

Think back on the hardest day of your life, a day when your hopes were dashed, a day when your future looked bleak. Think about how this made you feel. Think back when there seemed to be no hope. I think this is how the disciples would have been feeling on the day Jesus died.

It was Peter that said to Jesus, “We have left everything and followed you”. They left their homes, their fathers, their mothers, their brothers, their employment. They left everything.

The disciples believed that Jesus embodied the hope of the nation, They believed that at long last God had sent this Messiah to His people. It was Peter that declared to Jesus, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Here, they thought, is the promised King. He will reign forever. That was their hope.

But now they have seen this King stripped and beaten. They have heard the mockery; they have witnessed the humiliation, they saw Him hanging on the cross, they saw him die, they saw His corpse.

Think again on your own hardest day. Do you sense what these disciples felt? Can you feel there loss, that despair, a complete absence of hope? There is no hope. Or so it appears…

It is into this picture of no hope that Luke tells us of the greatest hope, a hope for the world.

So early in the morning on the first day of the week, they arrive. To their shock, they see that the stone is removed! They look in – there is no body! No Jesus!

“What’s happened?” they ask. “Where is he? Has someone stolen His body?

Suddenly two dazzlingly angels appear, we are told now the women are completely overcome. They fall on the ground before these majestic creatures. The angels say:

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ Then they remembered his words. The angels say, “Jesus is alive!

This is the good news of the gospel, Jesus is alive. May we all know the living Jesus in our lives this Easter.

Yours in Christ

Philip

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