A week or so ago Molly-Mae was concerned about gym anxiety, whatever that is. I would get anxious at the thought of going to a gym but I don’t think that’s what she means. This week Molly-Mae is upset because she has lost her mobile phone. I’m sure she can afford a new one. Who is Molly-Mae you ask? I don’t know. She’s one of this new breed of celebs who I’m supposed to be interested in, but I’m not, and I wish newspapers would stop reporting such nonsense and focus on what’s important.
News is important but a lot of stuff being reported is irrelevant and, I can’t believe I agree with Donald Trump, there is a lot of fake news, whether it’s manipulation by the media or manipulation of the media. We need to be wise in what we read and sift it like sifting flour through a sieve.
As I write, it’s possible that some big news stories could erupt this week. Maybe the Prime Minister will resign despite his current denials. Perhaps Russia will begin its full-scale invasion of Eastern Ukraine. Could Putin be deposed? Will a cure be found for Covid? Who knows.
That’s the point about the news I suppose. It’s meant to be something new that surprises us. The more powerful the story the greater the surprise. There’s one story, however, that isn’t new but it still has the power to surprise and shock. It’s life-changing news and here it is, Jesus is alive.
Easter is a time to reflect upon Jesus. Christians consider the closing events of his life, the Passover he kept with his disciples, his prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane, his arrest and subsequent trials, his death, burial and resurrection. This is a well-known story that we have heard many times over the years, and we have little difficulty with most of it. The one part of the story that seems to be beyond belief is the resurrection. How could someone who died be raised back to life? It’s not possible, is it?
Well, it is possible if you have power over death, which you can have if you are the author of life. If you created all things and it is your responsibility to keep the universe going, you can do things that mere mortals cannot do. Jesus was a man, but he is also God. As God he can do all things. As man he subjected to himself to our universal laws including the law that says we all must die sometime, but when he came to earth he came with a purpose. He came to die taking the punishment for our sins, and he came to die so that he could challenge death, our greatest enemy, and defeat it. The resurrection is proof that he did defeat death, and in so doing he is able to offer eternal life to all who believe in him.
Can there be better news than this? I believe that Jesus died for me, that he rose from the dead to be my Saviour and through him I have eternal life. My eternal security is not based on anything I do but on what he did 2000 years ago. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (1)
Christians have a hymn that speaks of the resurrection; “He’s alive, he’s alive, he’s alive for evermore. Jesus is risen from the dead.” It’s a joyful hymn that helps us to rejoice in the wonderful news that Jesus, our Saviour, is alive. The world has seen many powerful leaders, both secular and religious. Jesus stands out as being different from them all because he is the only one who died and who is alive. He will never die again but he will live for eternity and Christians will live with him.
Isn’t this wonderful, powerful and shocking news, and wouldn’t you like to be one of those who celebrates that Jesus is alive and lives to be your Saviour?
- John 3:16