Easter reflection 2019

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (NIV).

“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (NSAB).

“I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of” (The Message).

These are three translations of the same Bible verse found in John 10:10. The key point being that Jesus came to give us life. Throughout our aged care work, Churches of Christ follow a model of care known as ‘Positive Wellbeing model of care.’ This was developed directly from this Bible Verse and finds expression as our staff offer residents comfort, identity, occupation, inclusion and attachment.

So what has this got to do with Easter? What does this have to do with the death and resurrection of Jesus? The answer is found in that word ‘life’. Jesus came to do whatever was necessary to give us life.

All people, regardless of their story, are offered life. And it comes through the power of forgiveness. Have you ever been forgiven for something? Have you ever felt the burden of unforgiveness lifted from your shoulders? I have and it felt like my lungs filled with oxygen again, whereas before they were wheezing. That is the power of forgiveness. And Jesus, through his death and resurrection, offers that to all people. How? To be honest, I am not really sure. It is like a divine mystery. But what I do know is the fruit of that forgiveness is tangible. It is real and it is for all.

Easter is an ideal opportunity to not only embrace this forgiveness, but to also offer it to others. As you have received, give. Imagine a world where forgiveness was our first response to offence. It started with Jesus. He died on a cross and forgave before we even sought forgiveness. That’s love. Unconditional love. This Easter, let us also love in such ways.

Words by Kevin Hamer, Chaplaincy Manager

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Posted April 16, 2019 in Networking blog