Easter is the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the past two millennia this has been for Christians an indisputable fact. There were literally hundreds of people who witnessed that they saw Jesus after his crucifixion – many who were consulted and cross-examined, people who, decades later, were all telling the same story. That’s about as much proof as any historical event (before the invention of the camera) has ever enjoyed.
In recent years, with the enlightenment period and the scientific age, we as a nation have become much more secular in our beliefs and understanding. Nevertheless, you may be surprised to hear that still a very large percentage in the UK believe in Jesus’ resurrection. Research carried out by the organisation ComRes showed that 43% of adults in England say they do believe in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
Jesus’ resurrection isn’t just something for the history books. It is a reality that can have a powerful impact on our lives today. If Jesus has not been raised, Christian faith and practice makes no sense at all. However if He is indeed risen, then our own resurrection from the dead is not impossible. It gives hope, purpose and reason for living. Jesus told his hearers that if they put their faith in Him, He would raise them up. He said this: “My Father’s will is that everyone who looks at the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life and I will raise them up on the last day.” He said this to those that hunger and long for a better life. To those that realise that their current life has not given all that they were hoping for. To those that long to experience true peace, love, healing, forgiveness and genuine fulfilment.
If you want to explore more of what Jesus’ resurrection can mean for you personally, why not come to any of St John’s Church services around the Easter period. On Palm Sunday, which is the Sunday before Easter, we will have a donkey joining us at the 11am informal service (remembering Jesus’ journey on a donkey before the Passover festival), followed by a week of different activities leading up to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. For more detailed information see the St John’s Church sessions on the church page.
Have a very blessed Easter!