Easter: the most important of our Christian festivals.
The time when we reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross, his death and resurrection.
Happiness and sadness, darkness and light.
It’s a tremendous journey between Good Friday and Easter, from deep despair to new hope, paralysing mourning to new joy, from death to life in abundance.
Yet for many Easter is nothing more than a holiday with the added extra of Easter bunnies, hot cross buns and chocolate eggs.
There is no belief and no faith.
The rabbits and eggs are part of our materialistic world and consumerist society.
But a materialistic world isn’t enough to ensure happiness and freedom.
For many there’s a spiritual hole that cannot be filled with the things that we buy, not even chocolate.
The truth is, in a world that appears to be resolutely materialistic we see people searching for meaning.
Easter reminds us that God loves us so much he gave us his only Son, not sold, or lent but given.
What appeared to be defeat was actually the greatest gift of all.
Easter is a time of renewal, renewed faith and renewed hope, a time for Christians to reaffirm our faith.
In life, the journey between happiness and sadness, doesn’t often take place in three days but Easter is a time for us to remember that in our suffering and joy we are loved by God and that He is there with us in the places we never expect him to be.