As you read this you will hopefully be thinking about Easter, about the Christian promise of eternal life which begins now. But as I write this I am still thinking about the events leading up to Easter: Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Good Friday.
You might think it is hard to put oneself in an “Easter” frame of mind while these other thoughts predominate. But actually – NO. The sad, contemplative events leading up to Easter only make sense in the light of Easter. They would otherwise be meaningless, pointless pieces of obscure past history in which a wandering teacher in Palestine 2000 years ago put himself needlessly through much pain and anguish.
The Christian belief is that through pain and grief God secured for us our salvation. But this victory of his love over the forces of darkness, evil and death, vindicated in the Easter Resurrection, is not forced on us. We have to make Jesus’ victory our victory, his new life our life.
We all need to act, to take a step into faith, if we are to take advantage of this offer God makes us. We need help and support to succeed. It’s the same with learning to ride a bike, or to swim, etc. It’s not sufficient to simply watch someone do these things – that way you’ll never learn. Some people join a fitness club, pay a hefty subscription, but never go! What a waste! Equally, what a waste to see or sense something of Christ’s light, but never walk in that light!
Gail and I wish you a very happy Easter!