CHRIST IS RISEN!
At the end of the path leading to our house, there is a small solar-powered spotlight which you can see as you walk along the path. No matter how dark it is, as long as you keep looking at the light and aiming for it, you will not stray off the path into the ditch. As you draw near, the lights on the twin posts of the entry gates automatically switch on and you are bathed in light – home at last!
This weekend, we celebrate the wonderful news of the resurrection, and on Easter morning our church is decked with flowers as a symbol of new life. Our sincere thanks to all those who have worked so hard on all the arrangements in church this Easter.
In Matthew’s account of this event, we read
“There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, he sat on it. His appearance was like lightning and his clothes were as white as snow…”
(Matthew 28 v2-3)
Suddenly the dark valley of death is illuminated with the divine messenger of the resurrection of Christ.
What does the wonderful news of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead mean for us today?
Well, for many of us, this year has brought shadows as well as sunshine. There have been bereavements, health challenges, personal disappointments and financial pressures.
But the resurrection of Jesus Christ is as relevant to us today as it was 2,000 years ago. So let us fix our eyes on the risen Christ and put him foremost in our thinking and allow other things to take their rightful place, subservient to his resurrection power. One day, we will be home and bathed in the glorious light of his presence. Until then, fix your eyes on him. In the words of the old chorus:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in his wonderful face
And the things of earth,
will grow strangely dim
In the light of his glory and grace
Have a wonderful Easter. Christ is risen – he is risen indeed. Hallelujah!