Rev'd Charles - May 2017

posted 30 May 2017, 22:28 by Richard Jones   [ updated 8 Jun 2017, 08:26 ]

Easter – dead and buried!

  So that’s it then. Another Easter has been and gone. You may be a few pounds lighter depending on what you’ve spent or a few pounds heavier depending on the chocolate you’ve eaten, but is there anything more? For a Christian the answer is a resounding ‘Yes’!

 First, the resurrection reveals the uniqueness of Christ. Respect for other faiths, of course; toleration for their customs – as long as they don’t break the law, certainly. But amongst all the world religions no-one has come back from the dead like Jesus Christ, even though he said on more than one occasion that this was precisely what he would do ( Mark 10:32-34). So unlike many of us whose actions do not always match our words Jesus’ claim to be the unique Son of God is backed up by what people saw him do (1 Corinthians 15).

 Secondly, the resurrection assures Christians that death, although fatal is not final (1 Peter 1:3). There is a future life with God which we can experience and enjoy once we ask for God’s forgiveness and then put our faith and trust in him (Luke 23:39-43).

 Back in the Middle Ages there was much speculation about whether there was any land in the western Atlantic. Some thought one thing, some thought another. But after 1492 the matter was no longer in dispute. Christopher Columbus had both reached America and returned. From now on he was uniquely qualified to tell people about this land beyond the sea and to guide them there. He was the living proof that there was such a land. He was also the pilot who could take others where he had gone. It is rather like that with the resurrection of Jesus.

  So when Thomas asked Jesus about where he was going and how could anyone know the way to God, Jesus replied “ I am the way, the truth and the life, no one goes to God the Father except by me. Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14).

  Therefore, amidst the cacophony of voices and the multitude of opinions, to whom should we look in order to guide us through the really important stages of life? It has to be the one who said “I am the Resurrection and the Life” (John 11:25). As Sherlock Holmes once put it ‘It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable must be the truth’. 

With best wishes, 

Charles Jefferson