By Andy Callow (Principal)
Sometimes it helps us to gain new perspective if we take a step backwards. As Joni Mitchell put it: ‘Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone?’. Let’s imagine for a moment what life would be like without Easter.
Less chocolate may not be such a bad thing for some of us, but many would keenly feel the loss of the holiday break. Yet apart from these superficial bonuses, what would it really mean if there was nothing to celebrate on Easter Sunday?
The apostle Paul put it this way:
“If Christ wasn’t raised then all you’re doing is wandering about in the dark, as lost as ever…If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we’re a pretty sorry lot” (1 Corinthians 15:16-20 - The Message Translation).
All of Christianity (including our Christian education system) is based upon our belief in the Resurrection. If the bones of Jesus Christ are still buried somewhere in Jerusalem then the whole reason for being a Christian collapses in a meaningless heap.
The centrality of the amazing claim that Christ conquered death has been recognised by friends and foes of Christianity alike. Josh McDowell, author of over 45 books including Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for Skeptical World said this:
“After more than seven hundred hours of studying this subject and thoroughly investigating its foundation, I have come to the conclusion that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted on the minds of men. OR it is the most fantastic fact of history”
He then goes on in great detail, summarising evidence from a wide range of sources to conclude with:
“The verdict is in. The decision is clear. The evidence speaks for itself. It says very clearly:
CHRIST IS RISEN INDEED!”
Come on Christians – celebrate for all you are worth! Easter is the best time of the year. Sing again the glorious words of triumph penned by hymn and chorus writers alike. Join with others in praise and worship, laugh and rejoice. May the richness of what has been won at such great cost resonate deep in your spirit! Stand upon the wondrous truth that:
“Love’s redeeming work is done;
Fought the fight, the battle won:
Vain the stone, the watch, the seal;
Christ has burst the gates of hell!”
As you gather with family and friends these holidays, take the time to reflect and appreciate the loving sacrifice freely given for each one of us - to find the light amongst the darkness, the hope in the chaos, the wonder so effortlessly displayed in the faithful and constant rising of the sun … and, most profoundly, in the risen Son.