Hello everyone! I had another busy week at work typing, as the secretary is on annual leave, but fortunately her son came in to do some scanning on Tuesday and Thursday, which meant I was able to do some coding, although the typing took most of Monday and Tuesday. Fortunately Ruth came as a cover for the secretary last Thursday and will be here on Thursday and Friday this coming week, so I shall only have to do letters on Tuesday, which is a relief. On Tuesday after work we congregated at the local Italian restaurant for a meal, as we were saying goodbye to a member of staff who has been with us for less than a year, because she is moving to Lincolnshire, where she can buy a share in a housing association house, which she will be able to make her own with her husband. We will miss her as she was such a good member of our staff.
Happy Easter everyone! Today we had a lovely celebratory and rejoicing service to greet this resurrection day! We sang some joyful resurrection hymns like ‘This joyful Eastertide’, ‘The day of resurrection’, and
‘Low in the grave he lay,
Jesus, my saviour,
Waiting the coming day,
Jesus, my Lord.
Up from the grave he arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
He arose a victor from the dark domain,
And he lives for ever with his saints to reign:
He arose! He arose!
Alleluia! Christ arose!
Tim our minister preached on the reaction of the women, when they found the tomb empty on Easter morning, as recorded by Mark 16v8 ‘When the women ran from the tomb, they were confused and shaking all over. They were too afraid to tell anyone what had happened.’ Tim said such a reaction was to be expected. They would be confused after they did not find the body and shocked; what on earth did the young man mean when he said that God had raised him from the dead? They had been worried about rolling the stone away, but that was no problem now, but how could they go and tell the disciples, especially Peter, that Jesus had gone ahead of them to Galilee, as he had said he would? However they were women and at that time women were not regarded as important, so their word would not necessarily be believed if they did pass the message to the disciples? Anyway how would we have reacted? Would we have felt confident to spread such extraordinary good news or would we have had to have time to digest it? Now we are believers and have given our hearts to Jesus and know he is alive and with us for evermore, but were we always believers? There was a moment for me at university when I gave my life to Jesus and then everything became clear to me; suddenly I knew He was alive! However how can anyone understand what God did in raising Jesus from the dead? It is beyond understanding and it can strike fear into us but that fear is removed when we recognise how much God loves us. Let us accept that unconditional love into our lives and begin to live the life abundant with our Lord Jesus Christ this Easter and make everyday Easter Day as we live in his resurrection power. I conclude with the words from the final hymn last Sunday which sums up the joy of Jesus’ resurrection:
‘Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
Endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won,’ Amen