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I Deny The Resurrection of Jesus The Christian festival of Easter, the high point of the calendar for followers of Jesus, centres on his resurrection from the dead. Christians believe that Jesus really died on the cross (he didn’t pass out or faint) and that he really came back to life. That same life after death has been promised to all who believe in Him. Many people dispute the resurrection but many millions more believe it to be true. Recently a paradox has come to my attention, namely that many of those who claim to believe in the claims about Jesus death and resurrection do in fact, in reality, deny it. Perhaps more surprisingly some of those who deny the theory seem to live out the reality better than those who don’t. When I was at college somebody once said to me, “Don’t listen to what people tell you they believe, watch and see how they live their lives. That will tell you what they believe!” So if I really believe in the resurrection and the good news of Jesus Christ then I will live as though I do, and the people around me can’t fail to notice. And yet so often I fail to get it right. I speak too quickly, act without thinking and give in to my own selfishness. I expect there are times when you do too. I recently read this by Pete Rollins, a Christian who was being asked to clarify his position on the resurrection: “Without equivocation or hesitation I fully and completely admit that I deny the resurrection of Christ. This is something that anyone who knows me could tell you, and I am not afraid to say it publicly, no matter what some people may think… each da ears to Howeve they ar when I have no We are a are not by speak selfishn Just as I world th It seems prayers” My pray to you t fantastic We ar at 7.3 We co welco More Rob o 01480 I deny the resurrection of Christ every time I do not serve at the feet of the oppressed,
us s, on e life each day that I turn my back on the poor; I deny the resurrection of Christ when I close my ears to the cries of the downtrodden and lend my support to an unjust and corrupt system. However there are moments when I affirm that resurrection, few and far between as they are. I affirm it when I stand up for those who are forced to live on their knees, when I speak for those who have had their tongues torn out, when I cry for those who have no more tears left to shed.” We are all called to live out the message of the resurrection (even those of us who may say we are not Christians); so how do we do it? I think we do it by showing kindness to those in need, by speaking up for what is right when it’s easier to remain silent and by rejecting greed and selfishness. Jesus himself said, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:34-35). It seems to me that the heart of the Easter message is not firstly “come to church” or “say your prayers” but to love one another. When we get that right we’re doing what God wants us to do! My prayer for you this Easter is that you will be pleasantly surprised by the love of God, shown to you through another person and that you in turn show that love to those around you. Have a fantastic Easter! Across the Churches Bible Study We are a small group, meeting twice a month on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm for bible study, prayer and fellowship. We come from different churches and are always happy to welcome new members n the More information from Rob or Jean Clark 01480 890033 u, and ed,