April 2010

“To know Christ and to make him known”

Dear Friends,

The splash of colour that the Spring flowers bring are a delight as are also the signs of new growth on the trees – especially the Weeping Willows and those bearing the beautifully soft catkins. Bulbs that have lain hidden in the cold soil of winter once more offer their blooms to the warm rays of the sun. Countryside and gardens alike spring to life to herald the evidence of God’s handiwork and utter dependability.  As we see the Creator’s footprint around us showing new life from the seed that died in the ground, we see a reminder of the resurrected Christ who bore our sins in his death and was raised to new life. “We were …. buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Romans 6 verse 4). May the new growth be a symbol of the new life that the creator can put in us and the fruits of his Spirit that will blossom in our lives as individuals and as a fellowship. 

Some of our fellow believers have died in the last few months, but we rejoice that Christ’s resurrection was the first fruits. “If we have been united with him …. in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him” (Romans 6 verses 5, 8). When Christ died on that cross he bore the sins of the world – our pride, our petty excuses, our lies, our indifference, our self obsession, our vanity, our lost opportunities, the cynicism, the unkind gossip, the lack of care and trust and the allocation of Christ to the margins of our daily lives.  He carried the horrors of this world, it’s corruption, exploitation, its greed, the holocausts, the misuse of power, the destruction of the environment, the killing machines, the discrepancies of power, wealth, life style and opportunity.  These and many other sins separate us from God and flourish in the fertile ground of self-delusion and build an empire of isolation from the Creator and increase division within our society. Jesus took all these to the cross for us and offers us in their place a new start with him at the centre and a life of purpose and value.

What a wonderful message to share with neighbours and friends and those who don’t see beyond chocolate eggs and fluffy bunnies as their understanding of Easter.  May we all know the fresh bloom of Christ’s resurrection life in our church and in our individual lives lived out in the community.

I wish you all a very Happy Easter.

With love,

David


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