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Meditation and Reflection

Easter Day: He is risen! Hallelujah!

 

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me (Mt 28:1-10).

What is the significance of Easter Day? The beginning of the end? The end of what? The age of inescapable sin and perpetual sacrifice? Is it a perception of divinity? Confirmation of Jesus’ claim to authority? We no longer live in a world where carpenters get resurrected, so the meaning is lost or uncertain. Easter Day is now more about chocolate eggs than the hope and assurance of eternal life. We put our fingers through the holes in His hands, and still doubt what we know to be true. Resurrection violates the laws of nature. Even when we see, we do not believe. If it cannot be scientifically established, it cannot be. And so the most seismic preternatural event in the history of mankind – the most crucial celebration of the Christian calendar – has become just another day.

God is dead, we are told. It is time to grow up, conform to law, become enlightened, take responsibility for our actions and put away childish fairy tales and ancient superstition.

And yet… and yet…

..night becomes day; winter turns to spring; mourning becomes laughter; barrenness turns to fruitfulness. Faith lives from Easter Day.

If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. The Christian faith stands or falls with Christ’s resurrection. His death on the Cross – ‘suffered, crucified, dead’ – is a historical event effected by men. His resurrection – ‘on the third day he rose again’ – is an apocalyptic event realised by God.

The Cross of Christ stands at the end of world history: the raising of the dead heralds the eschatological beginning of the new creation.

Jesus is alive. Hallelujah!

Still the earth resounds on Easter Day with the joy of that event 2,000 years ago. Just as God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and gave them the Promised Land, so He delivered mankind from sin and death that we might have eternal life. The blood of the first Passover which spared Israel’s firstborn foreshadows the second Passover and the Lamb who died that we might be born again.

He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

To have mourned at the Cross, despaired at the death, wept by the graveside, and then to have met the Risen Christ must have been an inexpressible joy. That joy is now ours through revelation and experience: the transfiguration of Christ’s dead body is the beginning of the transfiguration of all mortal life. Easter Day opens the portal to an event and a continuing presence: it is historical, eschatological and immanent; then, now, and yet to come. It is ultimate, total and perfect.

A joyous and blessed Easter to you all.

  • AncientBriton

    Christos Anesti

    • Pubcrawler

      Alithos anesti!

    • Guglielmo Marinaro

      Surrexit Christus vere.

  • Martin

    And we celebrate Easter every week with our Sunday services. Perhaps there is a sense in which our priorities are wrong.

    • David

      “….a desire to separate Jesus from the Jew?”
      In my experience the OT is taught so little, if at all, in many churches, that the links between the OT foundations and its fulfilment in Christ is usually overlooked. It is only in the thoroughly Bible based and emphasising churches, that the deep Jewish roots of the Christian faith tend to be taught.

  • dannybhoy

    He is Risen!

    • IrishNeanderthal

      He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

  • TIME to CTRL ALT & DEL

    Because he lIves we shall live also. He has conquered death and the grave. His tomb is empty and so shall yours be too.

  • preacher

    A time to pray that the perpetual cycle of the custom, tradition & ceremony of the Church will be broken & replaced by the power of the eternally alive Lord Jesus Christ.
    Father take us on. Breathe the life & power of the living Lord into your Church by sending your Holy Spirit into all believers, that the World may see & wonder. The gospel is preached, the sick are healed, the blind see, the crippled walk & leap & many believe.
    Replace the dead tradition & dusty lifeless services with fresh new life. Clean out the beautiful but dry ceremonies & replace them with the new life & fragrance of your risen Son, our Lord. Let your Glory fill your Church as it once did your tabernacle, give us this day a new reformation, new life & fresh vision for your glory.

    Jesus Christ alive forever more. Amen.
    Blessings. P.

    • dannybhoy

      Amen.
      The old institutions are no longer flexible to meet the needs of people.
      The cost of maintaining old buildings and archaic rituals stops us from showing the risen Christ Jesus to a needy world..
      We Christians need to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit and share the Gospel of Salvation to our generation.

      • preacher

        AMEN ! danny.

      • Old Nick

        Disagree (respectfully, natch).

        • dannybhoy

          Democracy!

  • Inspector General

    Yes, it all makes sense now. The teachings and miracles would not have been enough. He would have been just another holy man, and there were plenty of those at the time so we are told, as well as throughout history, mostly forgotten. He had to suffer a public death in such a way that he would be unquestionably dead. And then to come back, and prove without doubt that he really was sent by God.

    • chrisH

      Had He NOT gone through this ordeal-we`d now be talking about a moderately successful Judean Governor(at best) who`d have had a nicish house we could excavate one day hence.
      As opposed to the One who brought down Empires for millennia afterwards-and the very man that millions of us can now claim a personal relationship with, and therefore give us the ONLY reason to live.
      When you fear HIm and love Him-you need fear no other, and all you do is covered by His love-as long as you check the Bible, and avoid presumptions.
      For He`s doing new things by the day, the hour.
      That the Church continues to snatch defeat out of jaws of the victory he gave it is still astonishing…but He surely factored that into The Plan.
      When the church stops rolling the stone back, and therefore pretending that “there`s nothing to see here folks”-THEN we`ll get the Church He craves-indeed demands.
      And He alone is fully entitled to THAT level of commitment from us all. The homoeopathetic dilution that gets Pope Francis into the Guardian as it requires is a satanic sham.

    • But why would He have to suffer a public death and then come back and prove He was sent by God?

      • Inspector General

        People are naturally sceptical. The Easter events remove all doubt…

    • Anton

      Just two words too many, Inspector…

      • Matt A

        Which two?

        • sent by ….

          • Anton

            Yup. You beat me to it Jack! Happy Easter.

          • You too, Anton.

          • Matt A

            Of course! Thanks both, and happy Easter

  • len

    ‘I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades’.(Revelation 1;18)
    Hallelujah!

    • chiefofsinners

      That was the vision given to John, perhaps because he was the only one of the disciples to come to the foot of the cross and stand with the Saviour in His humiliation.

      • len

        John had a deep understanding of Christ which is reflected in ‘the Gospel according to John.’

        • chiefofsinners

          And no wonder. HIs reward for taking his place at the cross was that he took Mary to his own home.

          • Just imagine the conversations between Mary and John.

          • chiefofsinners

            If it was all written down then the whole world would not have space for the books…

          • John 21:25 … hence Apostolic Tradition.

  • Politically__Incorrect

    Blesdings and joy to YG and all his communicants as we celebrate Christ’s resurrection!

  • IanCad

    And to you YG.
    Apart from some hiccups, an inspiring series of messages.
    Many Thanks.

    A good Easter service is hard to find. My wife and I have always enjoyed that of the Moody Bible Institute. Coming up at 4pm.

    Here: http://www.moodychurch.org/watch-online/

  • David

    Hallelujah !
    He is risen !
    Death is defeated !
    Christ The King is Risen !
    Let the nations rejoice !

  • A joyous and blessed Easter to you too, Your Grace, and to all who visit your blog.

    • Cressida de Nova

      Christ has risen
      wonder electrifies the earth
      with sheer joy

      A Blessed and joyous Easter to HG and all his communicants.A special wish for you Jack Darling.Hope your health is improving day by day.

      • Thank you, Cressie, and a special Easter Blessings to you too.

  • Uncle Brian

    It’s been a busy week here at Cranmer’s: Palm Sunday, then Your Grace’s tenth birthday on Monday, the ABC’s Lambeth Awards on Tuesday, the Brussels bombings on Wednesday, followed by Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Day. Congratulations, Your Grace! And belatedly, my best wishes at this supremely important season of the year to our hard-working host and all his communicants.

    • Pubcrawler

      Seconded.

  • Christians, to the Paschal Victim
    offer sacrifice and praise.
    The sheep are ransomed by the Lamb;
    and Christ, the undefiled,
    hath sinners to his Father reconciled.

    Death with life contended:
    combat strangely ended!
    Life’s own Champion, slain,
    yet lives to reign.

    Tell us, Mary:
    say what thou didst see upon the way.

    The tomb the Living did enclose;
    I saw Christ’s glory as He rose!
    The angels there attesting;
    shroud with grave-clothes resting.

    Christ, my hope, has risen:
    He goes before you into Galilee.

    That Christ is truly risen
    from the dead we know.
    Victorious King, Thy mercy show!

    Wishing you all a blessed Easter

  • dannybhoy

    I held this article off ’til today…
    “The target was Christians,” said a faction spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, said. The bomb detonated on Sunday evening in local time, when many Christian families were visiting the Gulshan-e-Iqbal park area to celebrate Easter. It exploded as families were leaving the park and the majority of victims are believed to be women and children. It is thought to have detonated close to children’s swings.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/lahore-blast-15-killed-and-at-least-30-injured-outside-public-park-in-eastern-pakistan-a6955366.html
    I was upset enough to email the PM’s office, the AofC and my MP.

    The PM talks about us being a Christian nation and giving millions and millions of taxpayers money around the world being the ‘right thing to do’, yet we are giving money to a nation which exploits, persecutes and murders Christians and minorities..
    “Since Pakistan’s inception, not a single law has been legislated in favour of religious minorities,” the judge added.”
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/663510/the-shoes-i-walk-in-minorities-blame-growing-discrimination-for-the-loss-of-a-feeling-of-fellowship/
    There has to be a linkage, people. Our PM must insist that in return for tax money there will be conditions attached.

    In the same vein I found this.. http://unitedwithisrael.org/re

    “The Daily Mail has revealed a well known fact: the Europeans are indirectly paying brutal Palestinian terrorists and, by doing so, are generating further attacks against Israelis.”
    ……
    “Britain gives £72 million ($101 million) a year to the Palestinians, according to the report. “More than one-third of which goes straight to the PA,” which “openly admits supporting terrorists whom it hails as heroes for fighting illegal occupation, awarding lifetime payments that rise depending on time spent in jail and the seriousness of crimes.”

    It is surely worse than immoral that our government can give away our money with no safeguards as to who gets it and what they do with it.
    We Christians need to raise our voices while we still can.

    • len

      Agreed .There is an ethnic cleansing going on in the Middle East and Christians are in the forefront of this and who is defending them?.
      How many Christians has Europe agreed to take in ?

    • dannybhoy

      Just another little addition to the overall picture..
      “The persecution of Pakistan’s Christians is not confined to jihadists.”

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/lahore-bombing-blast-pakistan-taliban-suicide-attack-christian-persecution-a6956251.html
      Please remember as far as I am concerned Muslims should be free in their own country to practice their faith without let or hindrance.
      But if that involves the persecution of minorities (and especially where the UK is concerned Christian minorities;) our government should not be sending taxpayers’ money in such a way that we in effect aid and abet their persecution..