Easter Sunday 2016

Kym Bishop 29 Mar 2016 easter  sunday blog 

Easter is always such a highlight in our community – we have journeyed together through the forty days of lent, we have met daily for worship through Holy Week, we have journeyed with Jesus into the shadows, and even to the cross.  And now, here we are, on Easter Sunday, celebrating his resurrection!  But what happens now?  What lies beyond Easter?  Does life just return to the way it was before? Like the shops, do we pack away all things Easter in a box somewhere that we can bring out again this time next year?

Brian Maclaren writes "Easter celebrates not only the resurrection of one man, but the resurrection of the whole human race. Perhaps this is the full meaning of the term "son of man," so important to the gospel writers: Jesus is the new generation of humanity, a new humanity, Humanity 2.0 (we might say). By proclaiming his resurrection now (not at the end of time), we are inviting people everywhere to join him—in a new birth, as part of a new humanity, celebrating a new covenant, to walk "in newness of life." We are saying, "You don't have to wait for some distant future to start practicing kindness, nonviolence, reconciliation, reverence, joy, hope, neighborliness, and peace. You can leave the old humanity behind and start practicing this new humanity now."

Easter changes everything.  And because Jesus is alive, we can live differently now, today, each day.  So what difference will Easter make in your life, now?  How can you begin to live as someone who believes in what Jesus has won for all of us?

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave
Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with him again
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave
Oh death! Where is your sting?
Oh hell! Where is your victory?
Oh Church! Come stand in the light!
Our God is not dead, he's alive! he's alive!
(Matt Maher)

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