I wonder what are some of the frustrating things that life throws at you? We all have our particular ones. One of mine is when I am on a train journey and I get to the destination except the train stops just outside the station and just sits there I could walk the last 100 yards but instead I have to just sit there and wait, not one of my strengths.
Sometimes I find myself thinking the same things about Easter Easter shows our destination is here we can have new life with Christ, a resurrection life that is far greater than anything we can dream or imagine. But it doesnt feel like it. It can still feel a lot like Good Friday. Over the past week I have had various conversations with people who are going through tough times personal, family, health, work, the list goes on. Some are in so much pain either physical or mental or emotional that tears need to flow. Sundays here but it feels a lot like Friday.
And on that horrible day 2000 years ago, Jesus the Christ, the Lord of glory, the only begotten Son of God, the only perfect man died on the cross of Calvary. Satan thought that he had won the victory. Surely he had destroyed the Son of God.
Finally he had disproved the prophecy God had uttered in the Garden and the one who was to crush his head had been destroyed. But that was Friday.
Now its Sunday. And just about dawn on that first day of the week, there was a great earthquake. But that wasnt the only thing that was shaking because now its Sunday. And the angel of the Lord is coming down out of heaven and rolling the stone away from the door of the tomb. Yes, its Sunday, and the angel of the Lord is sitting on that stone and the guards posted at the tomb to keep the body from disappearing were shaking in their boots because its Sunday, and the lamb that was silent before the slaughter is now the resurrected lion from the tribe of Judah, for He is not here, the angel says. He is risen indeed.
Its Sunday, and the crucified and resurrected Christ has defeated death, hell, sin and the grave. Its Sunday. And now everything has changed. Its the age of grace, Gods grace poured out on all who would look to that crucified lamb of Calvary. Grace freely given to all who would believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary was buried and rose again. All because its Sunday.
But does it feel that way? No! you see with that first Easter we reached the destination but not quite. You see Jesus is going to come again, then and only then will it all come to fulfilment. We can see the destination, but we are not there yet. Which why it often feels like Friday but actually it is Sunday. This is not easy to do or believe.
I wonder how many of you have come across the book - Im OK, youre OK actually it should be called Im not OK and youre not OK our lives and ourselves are not OK - now I want to tell you the Good News - Jesus says thats OK because I am OK! Jesus says it may sometimes feel like Friday but actually it is Sunday.
Think about visual illusions they are called illusions because they look different to what they are. Straight lines look curved because of what is around them. But if you put a ruler against them then you can see they are straight. They just prove the point that the truth is one thing even when the reality seems something else.
Life can be like that. It seems like we are still in Friday, or at best Saturday but I want to remind us all, me included, that it is Sunday. Easter Sunday is ruler, the benchmark, for the rest of the year.
This is why Paul has the confidence to write in Romans 8 v 31 onwards
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us allhow will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then can condemn? No one. Christ Jesus who diedmore than that, who was raised to lifeis at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It was Friday but Sunday is here alleluia! Christ is risen!
Early in the morning Maria Maggy from the village of Dallena and her other relatives(friends)prepared to rush to the Grave where the Body was laid by Arimatheas family. Alas the Grave was open!To believe their eyes the Lord gave them the Message to the world.He was risen from the dead...Alelluia!Of course others doubted.Even Thomas being noted to be one of them had to agree later.Up to these days of course there are many doubting thomases but let us not be one of them... Amen.