Easter rolls around for another year and 2015 marks for me the best one yet! I’m pretty excited about this particular Easter – because Israel, my almost three-year-old son understands to a certain degree why we celebrate Easter!
He certainly has very quickly familiarised himself with chocolate Easter Eggs! He can answer the question – what happened at the first Easter? “Jesus died on the cross.” To which I responded, “Did he stay dead” and he says excitedly, “no, he camed back alive!”
The significance of this statement, he doesn’t fully understand; and yet, neither do I. Doing life with Jesus is a constant discovery of the depth of his love, grace and power.
Many people know the pain of bad decisions, the hurts that this life can throw; the loneliness, the difficulties. I can not imagine facing these things without the power and presence of Jesus and the church family I am supported by. The crazy thing is that Jesus and everything he has to offer us is available to everyone – NO MATTER WHAT!
Many people find Jesus after a life – however long, of not knowing him and then finding him and in doing so; find forgiveness, freedom, purpose, healing and hope.
It was living life our own way that first separated us from the love of God. God then showed his great love to us by giving his son to die on the cross as a final payment, the perfect sacrifice of a perfect life. To be forgiven by simply accepting this fact is amazing – but then the Easter story was taken one step further. We don’t stop and celebrate Good Friday because it was ‘good'; Jesus died a horrible, painful, horrific and humiliating death!! It became good because of Sunday – when Jesus rose again in victory and conquered the power of death and took authority once and for all over everything! Before the cross Jesus was mocked for being the ‘King’ of the Jews and yet after the cross, although some may still choose to mock him, the truth is that he is King. The one true King! When we confess him to be our King, our Lord – that is what transforms our lives!
Though this truth has always been known to me – like it is for my son Israel. I have still walked a journey from a two-year-old understanding to now and I am just in awe of the life he saved me from and the life I have been set up for!