Easter message 2017

A focus on forgiveness …

The accounts of the life of Jesus teach us much about how we should live, but it is in his death that we see some of the most powerful lessons to live by. When he was being crucified, after being betrayed, humiliated, jeered at, and tortured, he was lifted on a cross, undoubtedly in excruciating pain. And Christ’s response to this as relayed by Luke: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Wow … what an example! If Christ can forgive, even at a time of extreme suffering, surely we can muster forgiveness in the more mundane matters and minor indiscretions in day-to-day life.

And then several days after this, after Christ had been laid in the tomb, seemingly never to be seen again, the tomb is found empty. The resurrection of Christ would have had to be one of the most surreal times for his family, friends and disciples. Here Jesus is, walking amongst us, having risen from the dead. They would have had to overcome doubt and scepticism, to arrive at a place of belief and hope.

It’s this awesome power to overcome death itself and the lessons of Christ that our faith is based on: a faith that says that God is with us, is capable of forgiveness, of bringing light into darkness.

And that’s this organisation’s reason for being … to bring the light of Christ into communities: to faithfully be people of Christ by: loving God, loving our neighbours as ourselves, and by teaching others in the way Jesus taught us.

Easter is part solemn reflection, but it is also part celebration of the awesome power of Christ, of new life, and of renewed commitment to faith and to faithfully follow the way of Christ.

So let’s in good measure reflect on the person and the lessons of Christ, and celebrate his power and his promise of life everlasting.

All the best to you and yours for a very happy and holy Easter. May you find a place for forgiveness and new beginnings.

David Swain
Acting Chief Executive Officer

Posted April 11, 2017 in Our blog