I hope you’ve had a really good Easter and had the opportunity to be challenged to engage with faith in a new way. Every year I find that I experience Easter in a new and different way. This year on Good Friday and Easter Saturday I watched the Passion of Christ once again and was once more inspired and challenged by the way it depicts the Easter message to us.
It is really important to immerse ourselves within the Easter accounts – at times we can take different roles. A times we can be;
- disciples – following Jesus and at times perhaps misunderstanding what kind of Messiah He would be.
- the joyful crowd welcoming Jesus to Jerusalem.
- the crowd calling for Jesus’ blood and crucifixion in front of Pilate
Holy week seems to be a rollercoaster of emotions as we experience these things in our faith. We can recognise the true suffering and sacrifice that Jesus makes but we know that this is not the end of His mission.
The Easter season lasts 50 days, until Pentecost – the coming of the Holy Spirit. The accounts of Jesus’ resurrection are very varied in what they reveal to us;
- The empty tomb – with the stone rolled away and the body of Jesus gone do we truly believe? This is the original ending of Mark’s Gospel and poses the question to the early Christians and us today – do you truly believe that this could be the Son of God?
- Appearance to the women in the Garden
- Appearance to the disciples in a locked room when Thomas missed out!
- Walking alongside disciples on the road to Emmaus
- Appearing at breakfast on the shores of Lake Galilee
All of this gives us a simple message Jesus is risen, darkness has been overcome by light, death has been defeated by life, good overcomes evil. This is where we are challenged to respond.
- How can we be people of light, life and hope?
- Where will we meet the risen Christ?
- What can we do to bring to faith to the world in a meaningful way?
- How will we respond to the Easter message over the next 50 days and what can we do to be Easter people?