The Inside Column 21/04

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Today we move from shouting…

‘Hosanna!’

‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’

‘Blessed is the king of Israel!’

To…

He is risen…He is risen indeed

He is risen…He is risen indeed

He is risen…He is risen indeed

 

Of course there is a lot that has happened between these two events. This morning we are on the other side of the cross as today we celebrate the risen Christ. In the build up to Easter we spend a fair bit of time thinking about the death of Jesus especially during the week before his death, (and rightly so!).

Sometimes we get to Easter Sunday and      celebrate his overcoming the grave and move on pretty fast. Yet it is this side of the cross that we are called to live in. We to are to take up our cross and follow Jesus, we don’t stay at the foot of the cross, Jesus is not there, he is alive, and he lives in you and me and through him we have life. This is truly something to celebrate this Easter morning.

There is a little line at the end of John’s Gospel in that we should not overlook:

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.  -  John 20: 30-31

Today day is a great time to believe, today is a great time to start to live, and today is a great time to come to the risen Jesus. Amen!

Some of our youth are away at Easter camp at the moment, can I ask that we all pray for them, as it is things like camps when they are away from the norm that God can really speak into the lives of our young people. Pray that they will encounter the risen Jesus afresh this weekend and for safe travel home.

God bless you all this Easter, and we pray that we will continue to encounter the risen Jesus

daily.

 

Peace be with you

 

Philip

 

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