15th April 2017

Easter Funny

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures…”
I Corinthians 15:3-4 (NIV)

Yes, you read the headline correctly, it does say Easter Funny and not Easter Bunny!

Why? because it’s funny to be celebrating someone’s death! Death and funerals are usually very sad times for the family and friends of the deceased. Yet for Christians, part of the meaning of Easter is to remember the agonising and painful death of Jesus Christ. As a side issue how many other people who died approximately 2000 years ago are still remembered today?

Of course, if that was all we celebrated at Easter it would not be a very joyful celebration. But before we get to that we must understand who Jesus Christ is. Jesus Christ was and is God, who humbly came to earth to be born, to live and experience life as a human being. Only God could live a sinless life and then offer himself as a perfect sacrifice for all of humanity’s sins. That’s the meaning of his death, He died for you and me personally. However the good news is not just that He died, but that He was resurrected by God and now sits at God’s right hand, fully God and fully human. So Easter is about celebrating his life and knowing that through his resurrection He destroyed humanity’s last enemy, death.

Every Christian knows that Christ’s resurrection is our guarantee of being resurrected after our physical death. That we have, as all humanity has, even though most do not know it, the hope of eternal life in God’s Kingdom. That is at the heart of the Christian celebration of Easter. That is what makes it a serious and sober time as we remember Christ’s suffering and death on the cross, a brutal form of execution. But it is the knowledge of Christ’s resurrection after death that makes it the most joyful and uplifting time in the Christian year.

You don’t believe it or believe in God? Guess what, that does not matter because God believes in you. The day will come when you will know and you will believe. But why wait? Join us at one of our weekly church services for a few weeks and ask God to reveal Himself to you. It may seem funny at first but who knows, this Easter could have a very different meaning for you! 

Prayer
Father, let us fully understand what Christ has done for us and appreciate the meaning of Easter, our annual reminder of His death and resurrection for all humanity. In Jesus name we pray.
Amen
 

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association
Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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