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Musings for April 2019

Celebrations, we all like celebrations whether it is a birthday, the birth of a baby, passing that final exam or gathering with family.

Celebrations uplift us, bring us joy and happiness.

During this month we celebrate Easter, the joy of Palm Sunday when Jesus entered into Jerusalem. The crowds loved him. Some would have heard about the healing miracles, especially raising Lazarus from the dead.

Others would probably have just joined in with the party, thinking and hoping that Jesus was going to save them from the Romans.

Jesus came to save us, but not in that way. He came to rescue us from our sin but this great realisation only came after His death and suffering.

The barrier of sin between us and God is real, like the barrier created between people we love if we have difficulty communicating with them. God loves us and if we love God then the channels need to stay open.

The people in the crowd of Jerusalem that day did not understand about Jesus, why He had come and what He had come for. Hence, on the cross, in all his agony, Jesus asks forgiveness for them.

However, there was one man who seemed to recognise who Jesus was and it was the centurion who helped to crucify Jesus.

“When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said “Truly , this man was God’s son”. He knew that Jesus was innocent and the words of forgiveness spoken by Jesus resonated with him personally. What huge lessons WE can learn from this!

So then we celebrate Easter Day. We shout “Christ is risen, He is risen indeed". Christ is alive, the risen Christ with us for evermore.

I have heard people say “but how can he be alive, he was killed on a cross?"

For many, including the disciples, the death of Jesus must have seemed like the end. Was there a future? What was the point of it all? They didn't know it then but the future for them was a ministry filled life full of the Holy Spirit, spreading the word about Jesus.

As Christians we believe that Christ’s death was no accident. He died on the cross to save us. He was buried but rose again on Easter Day and so he lives on in our hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Easter story is like a roller coaster of events and emotions, from Palm Sunday to Good Friday and on to Easter Day. Jesus came, lived and died, never to be forgotten, always alive in our hearts.

May you be truly blessed this Easter and may the events of Holy Week speak personally to you.

Jesus said:

“The hour has now come for the Son of Man to receive great glory. I am telling you the truth: a grain of wheat remains no more than a single grain unless it is dropped into the ground and dies. If it does die, then it produces many grains”

John 12: 23-24.

With Easter Blessings

Judith