Pastor's Blog 

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EASTER SUNDAY

It’s Easter Sunday – Happy Easter!

Together we celebrate the truth of Jesus raised to life.  The conquering of death; the restoration of man to God through all that Jesus accomplished over this weekend.

A celebration of new life.  Easter is a time to delight and embrace all that God has for us.  And as we still find ourselves limited in what we can do, still living with restrictions because of the Coronavirus pandemic – we perhaps need to find reasons to celebrate. 

Our reasons to celebrate transcend the events of the last year.  We have a hope beyond hopes – we have a life that is eternal.  And so we celebrate this day.

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead?

He is not here; he has risen!   (Luke 24:1-6a)


Christ is risen. He is risen indeed! 

Happy Easter!

Chris

04/04/21
 

 

LONG LIVE THE KING

When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’
‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’

And so Jesus comes to Jerusalem…  Today is Palm Sunday, and we remember this triumphal entry.  Jesus arrives and for a moment he is accepted and praised as a king!  Of course the crowds changed their tune later in the week, but for a moment there was support and praise – and a fulfilment of prophecy.

Jesus came riding on a donkey – fulfilling an Old Testament prophecy (in Zechariah).  And in that moment the crowds accepted him.  But they were looking for a different kind of king.  Jesus wasn’t going to conform to their preconceptions.  Instead – he was a different kind of king.  They expected a saviour – but Jesus was going to be a different kind of Saviour.  He was about to surpass them all – and be a Saviour for all.  He was a king – but not just a king of the Jews.

These moments open up the story of Easter week.  They set the scene for what is to come.  But the events of this week did not simply stay in Jerusalem; they did not simply affect the Jews. Jesus is the Saviour for us all.  He is the king of kings.  Easter week plays out events that transform everything, for everyone.

This week – may we rejoice as the crowds rejoiced, but more so as we see Jesus for who he truly is.

Long live the king! Praise be to the king of kings! Glory be to the Saviour of us all.

Chris

28/03/21
 

 

SPRING

This weekend marks the beginning of Spring – if you mark Spring by the equinox.  This is all to do with the movement of the earth around the sun - very clever stuff!

In some ways Spring starts earlier than this (if you’re really interested meteorological spring starts on the 1st March) but however we mark it, Spring is a time for new life.  Spring is the season of bulbs flowering, of grass growing more quickly again.  The animal kingdom springs to life and birds start to nest.  The bare branches are budding up in the trees.

New life.  How good is that?!  We see it year after year, that the winter has passed…  Granted, British weather can be a bit fickle – but new life doesn’t stop.

That has to be an encouragement to us.  That new life doesn’t stop.  As we think about God, and about our relationship with Him – new life doesn’t stop.  And God is delighted to give us life.  Spring brings hope.  And so does God.  In the middle of Spring (only 2 weeks away!) we celebrate Easter – a joyful acknowledgement of the new life that is given in Jesus.

New life for us, and for all who choose to accept it.

There is joy to be had in seeing the created world around us coming to life after the winter season.  There is so much joy to be had when we, as people, regain the life that God has for us.  When someone chooses to follow Jesus, the celebration in heaven must be deafening!  Joy in heaven, but joy for us too.

It’s Spring. New life is appearing; may we delight in it – but may we delight still more that we have new life in Jesus.

Chris

21/03/21