Our theme this Easter is, “He suffered. He died. He rose.” These simple deeds, which Jesus undertook for us, are what make Easter the most significant time of the year. These deeds of Christ are quite simply the most important events in history, because they achieved nothing less than the salvation of the world.
I’ve been struck again reading through the gospel accounts of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and execution, that the whole chain of events was God’s idea, and one which no human would ever have dreamed of.
Over the last week or so, I have really enjoyed inviting people to church at Easter – both through delivering letterbox cards, and in person – at school Scripture, our Early Learning centre, or in the street. Although I can’t remember so many people saying that they’ll be away for the long weekend(!), it is still a joy to remind our community of these acts of pure love, on God’s part, for his wayward children. The Easter story might be confronting, but ultimately it is the very best news. It is news of “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17).
If you’re joining us especially for Easter, I hope that the message and community here will reinvigorate your relationship with God. There are many ways to get involved, but let me highlight just three:
- Come back to church next Sunday. It might not be quite as exciting as Easter Sunday, but it will be God’s people gathering to be strengthened by the same very good news about Jesus.
- Our next big community event is the Fireworks, on Saturday 3rd June at 5 pm. BBQ, bonfire and a fantastic fireworks display in the open space of our graveyard. Be sure to save the date.
- We run regular gospel courses, to provide the opportunity to learn the gospel afresh in a relaxed discussion format. Use the connect card (hardcopy or online) to let us know if you are interested.
Have a blessed Easter.