April 2010

posted 31 Mar 2010, 02:50 by Richard Jones   [ updated 7 Jul 2010, 01:35 ]

The Vicar writes


KEPT VERY SAFE under lock and key in a shrine in a town in India is a tooth reputed to have belonged to Buddha, founder of the Buddhist faith.  Thousands flock to see it as a visible reminder of their great leader and teacher.

       But hunt, dig, and sift as they might, no-one ever found any mortal remains of Jesus.  Possibly the closest we ever came to having a relic like the Buddha’s tooth was the shroud of Turin, but that was proved to be a very cleverly made fake.

       The point I’m making is that on Easter Sunday, Jesus rose from the dead.  It was God’s seal of approval that Jesus’ work was accomplished and totally accepted.  There are no remains of Jesus, for the evidence of his rising is overwhelming and compelling, not only from biblical accounts but also from Roman documents of the period.

       Clearly the sight of those empty grave-clothes and the rolled-back stone lifted the disciples from despair to cloud nine.  Maybe some of the things Jesus said to them, which they didn’t actually grasp at the time, came flooding back.  So this wasn’t the end of the story  -  some dreadful anti-climax.  It was the beginning  -  of what, they weren’t sure, but Jesus was back and that was all that mattered.  Without him they were futureless nobodies; with him they could turn the world upside down.

       It wasn’t long before the early church realised that Resurrection Sunday was the cornerstone of their faith, and it was natural to transfer the weekly Sabbath  -  God’s holy day  -  from Saturday to Sunday, so that each week, not just each year at Easter, became a celebration of Jesus being alive, and of death being conquered.

       With so much to celebrate, I can never understand why so many church-goers look like they’re attending a weekly funeral rather than a wonderful demonstration that Jesus is alive and well.


 May God’s blessing be with you all