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The Rockin' Rev April 2021

ROCKIN REVEvery Easter Christians locally, and around the world, celebrate with great joy the resurrection of Jesus. Christianity’s confident claim is that Jesus did not remain dead in his tomb
There are mixed reactions to the resurrection of Jesus. Some people accept that Jesus physically rose from the dead as an undeniable fact of history. Some people think the whole story is a foolish legend that has caused more problems than it is worth. Some people are intentionally hostile. They don’t reject the resurrection because of honest doubt or lack of evidence. They denounce it because they hate the things of God
There was no hesitation or doubt in the reaction of the women who, on the first Easter morning, went to look at the tomb where the body of Jesus had been placed and then sealed with a big rock rolled in front of the entrance. They responded to instructions from an angel of the Lord and hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy. Jesus had risen from the dead. They must run to tell his disciples the news
HE'S ALIVEAs they hurried away, the risen Jesus met them and greeted them in such a way that seemed too casual, too ordinary, and too mundane for such a momentous occasion. Immediately recognizing their Lord, they clasped his feet and worshipped him. At last the full reality of the resurrection was beginning to solidify in the minds and hearts of those women
There’s a great temptation in all of us to turn the Christian faith into a ‘head game’ of doctrines, articles of faith, and theological principles. There is a great temptation in all of us to reduce the Christian faith to a world limited to the thoughts between our ears
HE LIVESDon’t get me wrong, I believe that all those things matter. But Jesus did not die and rise from the dead so that people could someday write theology. He did it so that people would be willing to carry the message of Christianity to others. He did it so that his followers would know that he will always be with them
In a world that has been ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic the resurrection of Jesus dares us to believe that life has triumphed over death, that good has triumphed over evil, that love has triumphed over hate, and that hope has triumphed over despair
Rev Brian Hall

Vicar, St Andrew’s Church


published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine


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