Good Friday, hope, Matthew 6:8

To Be Continued…

Today we had a whole load of prayer stations for our Elevenses Service and some letters hidden around the place to spell

TO – BE – Continued.

The idea that although we are talking about Jesus dying and being placed in the tomb, we don’t want the kids (or their parents) going away thinking that Jesus is dead.

It made me think that how often in our Churchy circles we so often talk about Jesus dying for us, or the centrality of the cross, but we don’t talk as much about the resurrection as probably we should.

In many ways the fact that Jesus died is very sad, but quite normal, many, many  people died in horrific ways.

Many people died sacrificially.

Many people died horrifically who were innocent.

Yet none of these, apart from Jesus, rose again from the dead. This turned a tragic event, into a “this changes everything” history making moment.

Unique in history.

Ultimately Christianity stands or falls not on Christ’s death, but on his resurrection.

Without the resurrection today would be a tragedy, if the resurrection didn’t happen the apostle Paul says “we are to be pitied more than all people”, as our hope is not based on the fact that Jesus died but on him rising again.

We call it Good Friday because it is a day when death was defeated.

We call it Good Friday, because death didn’t and doesn’t get the final word.

Today we were worried people might leave our service not knowing Christ rose again, but what of the other 365 days of the year? I worry as Christians we talk a lot about Jesus’death and the cross, we must never, ever, forget to keep on tell the world not just that Christ was Crucified, but Christ is alive today.

Let us be people that tell the world the story doesn’t end at the cross….

Keep going to the end of the book!

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