“Christmas is significant, Easter is decisive.”
…so said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, referring to the race to win the Premier League (which matters little since we know that Arsenal always finish fourth). In his philosophic way Arsene spoke better than he knew, because the same is true for Christians. Christmas is significant, trees and turkey aside, it tells us the most incredible truth, that the God who created the universe became like you and me!
But what about Easter? It certainly makes for a nice four-day weekend, and the chocolate eggs and roast lamb add to the occasion, but decisive? For Christians Easter is the decisive victory – on Good Friday we remember Jesus dying on a Roman cross, paying the price for human sin and opening the way for us to be friends with God. Then on Easter Sunday we remember the true historic event, recalling the words of eyewitnesses as the tomb is found empty, Jesus is risen, death itself has been defeated! In fact the Apostle Paul writes that if the Resurrection of Jesus didn’t really happen, then the whole Christian faith is a complete nonsense and waste of time!
Easter is a wonderful time as we greet the spring flowers and enjoy time together, but more seriously than that it’s either decisive or deluded. The events surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth are just a delusion, or they are decisive. If they are decisive – that changes everything for everyone! Come along to one of our services and decide for yourself…