Hope: ‘By God’s great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.’ (1 Peter 1:3-5)
- Give thanks for the living hope we have in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Death of Death, and Hell’s Destruction as the famous Welsh hymn puts it.
- Give thanks for the Nippon Sei Ko Kai, the Anglican Church in Japan, remembering especially today their ministry in a predominantly non-Christian context.
Text: The Rev Will Johnston,
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2019
21st April, 2019
“Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” – Martin Luther
We have all heard many sermons on Easter proclaiming that the resurrection teaches us that we here and now are able to rise above the pit falls and tragedies in our lives. We can live into new resurrected life here on this earth. This is a commendable message, and is not only to be remembered but actually lived. However, Jesus’ resurrection is more than a metaphor for our lives today. It is indeed a metaphor, but more. If Jesus himself did not actually rise from the dead, he is no better than the many would be messiahs in history, who have come and gone. They may or may not have been holy people. Their ideas may still profitably live on. But where are they? It is irrelevant whether Jesus experienced a physical resurrection or a spiritual one. There is evidence in the bible for each interpretation. (see any of the 4 Gospel accounts of the resurrection, and also 1 Corinthians 15:42-47) We certainly don’t want to belittle death. Jesus and all of us really do die. But somehow even this final tragedy is overcome. So let’s go back to where we started. If physical death can be conquered, certainly the death of whatever lose we go through in life can also be surmounted. Sometimes we find ourselves focusing on the hurts and losses of the past. Other times we find ourselves focusing on problems that do not yet exist. This is the all too common disease called worry. At these times we will hear the words of the two men at the tomb “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” (Luke 24:5)
Ladies Guild Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the month in the St Michael’s Room at St Barnabas.
New members most welcome.
Join us at St Barnie’s Coffee Club. This is an informal get together that is a time of fellowship and friendship.
We enjoy meeting at a different coffee shop or parish members house each time. So, for the next meeting place send us an email and we will let you know the details.
Our next get together in April will be on Tuesday 9th April at 2.30 p.m. and on Thursday 18th April at 10.30 a.m. at the Shingle Inn, Belmont Forum.
We look forward to seeing you for a catch up.