I find myself writing this column as we are fast approaching Easter.
A few years ago All Saints Church, in Hordle, Hampshire, had as part of its Easter programme a performance of Stainer’s Choral oratorio ‘The Crucifixion’.
The day after the successful concert, the delighted choirmaster put up a notice in the choir vestry - ‘The Crucifixion - well done everybody’. By the end of the day someone had added - ‘The Resurrection - well done God’.
The good news of Jesus Christ is a story of life, death and a resurrection that really happened. In fact the resurrection isn’t just a spiritual phenomenon - for the living Jesus was seen by hundreds of people in different places and at different times following that first Easter day. The risen Jesus was more than physical, more than spiritual and completely unique. That’s why Easter has a significance not just for history, but eternity.
Our 21st century culture understands choice to be one way in which we can express our freedom and individuality. We are constantly being encouraged to choose. We now have more sources of entertainment than ever before, we can buy almost anything we want on the internet and we can go to almost anywhere in the world by plane.
With so many choices how can we respond this Easter? God’s choices involve commitments, they have incredible significance which He himself bears. Nowhere is this more evident than in the events associated with Holy Week.
Do come and join us Good Friday 18 April on Heanor Market-Place at 10am with Churches Together as we all have something to hope for even at our lowest ebb. For those of us who believe in resurrection - we have a reason to live in a way which is very special - and we have a message to pass on to others: ‘In Christ all will be made alive’ (1 Corinthians 15 v22)