Today is the best day of the year. It is better than my birthday, than my anniversary, than any other day . . . today is Easter Sunday. I’m quite used to getting sideways looks from people, especially children when I say this and point out that the chocolate is not what makes it the best. Today is the best day of the year because this is the day when I remember the source of hope.
Of all the things we don’t have to bother trying to prove, the existence of evil and the despair it produces must be chief among them. There is no lack, ever, when it comes to evidence of the fallenness of the world. Read a newspaper, go online to any news site and you will find all you need to convince you that the world is broken. It is in the resurrection that I find the hope that the world is not broken beyond repair.
Jesus demonstrated through his life, death, and most particularly through his resurrection, that death and evil do not get the last word. There are all sorts of hard things in the world but we have hope in the midst of them.
This Sunday’s messages take two slightly different tacks when it comes to what the resurrection might mean for us, as I mention in the St. Mark’s message we could spend hours talking about the great things that come from Christ being raised from the dead. My hope is that one or the other ministers to you on this Easter Day, or whenever you get to listening to them.
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So on Sunday I talked about our crhcuh as a community and that one way to measure how we are doing is whether or not we were able to confess our sins to each another (James 5:16). We heard about the importance if being non-judgemental and of being willing to take the difficult step of actally taking the initiative of telling someone else of our failures.In a conversation with someone following it was mentioned that I had left out the importance of becoming listeners . If we aren’t willing to truly listen to others they will not be willing to confess.