Why Easter?

Easter is one of those wonderful times of the year for us to get back to the basics, and to once again ask the question “why?”

“Why did Jesus have to die?” “Why would Christians celebrate this event?” “Why would we decorate our churches with crosses, or wear crosses around our necks?”

Consider Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Think about what Paul says there – He’s already rammed home the point that all people are sinful. We can’t minimise or balance out our sin by good deeds – we’re guilty of crimes against the God who gives us life and breath and everything else.

So Paul says what our punishment is. “The wages of sin is death.” And we’ve earned our wages. We’ve done the crime, now we do the time.

But that’s not the end of the story! This is where Easter comes in, because the one person who didn’t earn those horrible wages is the one who received them! Jesus lived the perfect life we couldn’t, died the death we should have, and gives us a free gift which we didn’t deserve and couldn’t earn. A gift we receive when we repent and believe: Eternal life.

This is the gospel, the good news. This is why we celebrate Easter. Christ died to save sinners, to give them eternal life. And he proved it by being raised to life again himself. The one who gives life freely is alive now.

Why celebrate Easter? Because the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Join us this Easter as we consider the work of Jesus on the cross and rejoice that God raised him from the dead.

Please, forgive me

I wonder what you expect now that I’m here. Are you expecting change? If so, is it good change, or bad? Are you expecting me to be like those who’ve come before me? Would that be good?

There’s one thing I can guarantee you: I will disappoint you. I will disappoint you in many different ways. And for that I can only beg your forgiveness in advance. How will I disappoint you?

I will disappoint you by sinning against you. There will be times when I am rude, do not listen, fail to love you, and more. Like you I am a work in progress – a sinner saved by grace, but still a sinner. So please, be ready to forgive me.

I will disappoint you by what I change, and what I do not. My style will be different. The order of service will change. Where I stand, the length of sermons, the songs I choose will change. Some you might like, but maybe not all. So please, be ready to forgive me.

I will disappoint you by not knowing all the answers. Lives are messy and complicated. You will face challenges I have never faced, and maybe have never thought about. I’m young, inexperienced, and just out of College. So please, be ready to forgive me.

One of my prayers for our church is 1 Peter 4:8 – ‘Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.’

I can promise you, I will try. I will work hard at bringing God’s word, and loving you. I will point you to Christ in suffering and encourage you in evangelism.

Please tell me when I’ve sinned against you or disappointed you. And please, forgive me.