Easter is a time for reflection. And a time of hope.
Easter nowadays is consumed with winning the wallets of people, the passion of children, and deteriorating health according to the volume of chocolate on display all around. I loathe the way society has twisted this to benefit big business. But this is not the purpose of this post today.
The true story of the first Easter, it is a very sobering one. There is so much in the story to talk about. What stands out to me this Easter is the story of redemption. At church this morning our Pastor spoke of the cricket incident and the way that event has impacted the men involved, their families, and Australia in general. The amount of shame and regret. Jesus takes this away at no cost when he died for us. Our Pastor spoke about Easter as a time of hope.
“One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him,
I wanted to share some songs to meditate on over Easter. And some passages we read today, on the great sacrifice that Jesus made for all, and what it means for us.
“then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more””
You love me anyway:
“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.”
All the Poor and Powerless:
Then he rose again.
We all have a choice to make. Just like that thief on the cross.