By the time you read this, Easter will have come and gone for another year. Easter is of course the most significant time in the Christian church and I would suggest it marks the most significant event in history. As I was preparing my heart for Easter I came across the following which encapsulates much of what Easter means to me. It is a story of remarkable courage, love and forgiveness but it is also a story that requires a response. My prayer is that each of us will respond prayerfully and thoughtfully as we reflect again on the wonder of Easter.
George MacLeod said: ‘Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on a town garbage heap; at a crossroads so cosmopolitan that they had to write His title in Hebrew, the language of the religious; Latin, the language of the barbarian, and Greek, the language of the cultured. It was the kind of place where cynics talked smut, thieves cursed and soldiers gambled. But it’s where He died, and it’s what He died about.’ Are any words more victorious? Jesus draws a deep breath, pushes His feet down on those Roman nails and cries: ‘It is finished!’ What was finished? The history-long plan of redeeming you and I was finished. The work done by Jesus as a man on earth was finished. The task of selecting and training ambassadors was finished. The song had been sung. The blood had been shed. The sacrifice made. The curse of sin broken. The sting of death removed. It was over. The words, ‘It is finished’ were the same words they wrote across a receipt when a debt had been paid in full. Was any less acceptable? No! Would any more be required? No! ‘It is finished!’ The cross is a trading post. At the point of believing faith, God takes all your sin and lays it on the shoulders of Jesus, while at the same time taking all of Christ’s righteousness and wrapping you up in it. What a transfer! And how do you get it? By working for it? No! You receive it by trusting in Christ alone!
If you don’t usually attend church can I encourage you to come along to St Denys or ourselves where you can learn more of this remarkable love.