Time to Reflect
Rev Matthew Price
Curate in Charge
St Mary Magdalene Church, Gorleston
As we look around our shops this month (and, very often, any time from a few days after Christmas), what are the symbols of Easter that we see? Chocolate eggs? Fluffy yellow chicks? Cute little bunnies?
They may not be particularly Christian symbols, but they all point to the new life that is at the heart of the original Christian message: the offer of new life and a new start in the person of Jesus Christ
Whilst at Christmas we celebrate the coming of Jesus into our world; at Easter we remember why he came. The gospel records make it clear that Jesus came into the world to die - to give men and women the opportunity to come back into relationship with their Creator. His resurrection from the grave gives a certain hope for life with God, now and after death. As the Apostle Paul puts it, Jesus is “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20)
Because Jesus rose from the dead, we can be sure, that if we’re trusting in Him, we too will be raised with Him
So this time of year is an opportunity to reflect on the barrier of our moral failures, which lie between us and our Maker; the forgiveness that the death of Jesus offers to us; and the wonder of Jesus’ resurrection, which shows that Jesus is truly God and man, able to forgive us and give us new life with God
Why don’t we chew on that whilst munching on our chocolate?!
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