In Isolation Thoughts 2

EASTER ENCOURAGEMENT 2020

 

As we think about Easter this year it is very different to our normal celebration. We usually meet for Communion in the morning, followed by a celebration service in the afternoon which then continues with some refreshments and social contact. How different with the Covid 19 lockdown!  Yet in some ways it is very similar to the first Easter when the Disciples were in lockdown in the Upper Room, not for fear or protection from a virus but because of a fear of the Jewish Religious Leaders. They had arrested and killed Jesus; some had seen him buried in a sealed rock tomb. So there was a realistic fear that they could be next. If they thought it necessary to get rid of Jesus completely, not just put him in prison, but have him crucified by the occupying Roman power, who would be next?

 

READ THE FOLLOWING PASSAGES:

MATTHEW 28.1-15                                   MARK 16.1-8

LUKE 24.1-12                                               JOHN 20.1-23

 

If we combine these passages from the Bible, we have a comprehensive narrative of the events of the first Easter. There may be different detail in each account as each writer gives his own emphasis on the event. One thing that is common to all is the clear statement that Jesus is alive, there has been the resurrection, no dispute. There may have been doubts caused by the impossibility of such an event in human minds, but this was completely removed by their meetings with the Risen Lord. Within a few weeks, at Pentecost, these same people who were in hiding came out onto the streets and boldly proclaimed that Jesus was the Messiah, that his death was the only way for sin to be forgiven and his resurrection meant eternal life for those who believed. What a contrast! One event of death and apparent defeat had been turned around to a living triumphant hope and victory. A death, over 2000 years ago has changed the history of the world for ever. That power to change lives is still active today. Take a moment in the restrictions of the lockdown to consider Jesus  and his promise to change your life, if you accept that his death cancelled out your sin before Almighty God, His resurrection gives you the promise of eternal life with Him when you die and the Holy Spirit calls on you to change the focus of your life from self-satisfaction to living for Jesus and telling others about Him.

 

I can summarise the truth of Easter using the current word on everyone’s lips- CORONAVIRUS

 

C- Christ on the cross died for all

O-Overcame the power of sin

R- Resurrection was the proof of His victory

O- Offer of salvation is for all

N- No-one is outside the offer

A- Accept His sacrifice was for you

V- Voice the joy He brings to your life

I- Invite Christ Jesus to direct your life

R-Read more about Jesus in the Bible

U- Unite with other Christians in worship

S- Stand firm in your new faith despite opposition

 

So we can use the title of the current pandemic to outline for each of us the truth of Easter and its effect on a world, but more importantly on our individual lives.

 

A Prayer

Dear Lord, I acknowledge my failure, but recognise your love for me shown on the cross when Jesus died. I am trusting you for your promise of forgiveness and ask that you help me to live each day for you.  Amen

 

I recently came across a new version of an old hymn, here it is for your encouragement:

 

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Turn your eyes to the hillside
Where justice and mercy embraced
There the Son of God gave His life for us
And our measureless debt was erased

[Chorus]
Jesus, to You we lift our eyes
Jesus, our glory and our prize
We adore You, behold You, our Saviour ever true
Oh Jesus, we turn our eyes to You

Turn your eyes to the morning
And see Christ the Lion awake
What a glorious dawn, fear of death is gone
For we carry His life in our veins

[Chorus]
Jesus, to You we lift our eyes
Jesus, our glory and our prize
We adore You, behold You, our Saviour ever true
Oh Jesus, we turn our eyes to You

 

[If you want to hear it sung, Google ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Sovereign Grace and select the version you can play]

 

May God bless you this Easter


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