Next weekend is Easter!
On the Sundays around Easter we’re taking time to look in a bit more depth at what Jesus’ death on the cross means to us. Of course we all ‘get’ that Jesus died for us when we first understand the Gospel; we turn to God trusting that Jesus’ death for us, and his resurrection means we can ask for and receive forgiveness and a new kind of life altogether.
The new life we live with Jesus needs to keep that strong link with the cross, and what he did for us there. Paul, years after he first became a Christian, talks about the cross really being the ‘main thing’ for him. ‘ May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.’ Gal. 6:14. The cross meant that for him his relationship to ‘the world’ – the culture, influences, powers shaping the way life was lived by everyone else – was radically different. It also meant that the way he lived his inner life, the way he was as a person, was totally different too.
This Easter let’s enjoy the re-telling of the story, the celebration of the true world-changing event of Jesus’ death and resurrection but let’s not miss the ongoing connection to our lives too.