Sometimes the resurrection accounts run together in our minds, and it's hard to remember which story comes from which Gospel. Which one tells of Jesus asking Peter if he loved him? Which one has the risen Christ breaking bread with his disciples? Which one tells of Mary Magdalene weeping at the tomb? These narratives are easy to find in each Gospel – just read the last chapter of each of the Gospels (Mt. 28, Mk. 16, and Lk. 24) and the last two chapters of John (Jn. 20-21). It’s the perfect time to read these accounts again and to meditate upon them.
I promise not to mention money this week! I do though want to ask if you will respond to the Generosity of God laid out in full by Christ on your behalf? A generosity beyond our wildest dreams. Christmas may be special and we can believe in Jesus who walked this earth, said such marvellous things, did such wonderous works and challenged people to believe and act in a new way, if they dare. Many didn’t. A few did. Easter is more special. Easter is exceptional – incomparable! Simply put, without the resurrection, Christmas makes no sense at all, and therefore we are just a religious club who believe a good man has helped us to live good lives.
Yet only one person in the whole of history has made such an impact on the world. He has changed the world, because he is God’s gift of salvation. Once this truth was grasped the few became many, and they became thousands, tens of thousands and millions of millions not ‘doing religion’, but worshipping the saviour and ultimately accepting God’s wonderful grace. Have you accepted this grace? Or are you still trying to be good enough in your own power to save yourself?
The resurrection is not cheap; Jesus paid the price, and He paid in full for our redemption. So why would I not accept such generosity of grace? It is a grace that changes my whole perspective on life, changes me from within to look out on the world with His eyes, to use every part of my being and every possession I have to serve him. To count the innumerable blessings He has donated to me by giving back to God my life in His service. As Paul came to understand…
1 Corinthians 15. 1-10 ‘The Resurrection of Christ’
Now I should remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, 2 through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain. 3 For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4 and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to someone untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace towards me has not been in vain.
Alleluia Alleluia - Christ is Risen, He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
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