So what do you think is the purpose of Easter Saturday?
For those first followers of Jesus it must have been the second most devastating day of their lives. Everything must have seemed as if it was crashing down around them. All their hopes and dreams GONE!
Can we at this time of pandemic relate to that? For some who read this maybe they may have lost loved ones either to the Coronavirus or for other health reasons. Or maybe you feel you are missing out on life’s opportunities or simply don’t know where to go and what to do next. If you feel like that then you need to know you are not alone but the best way to find that out is to talk to others whom you trust. If you feel unable to do that (no matter the reason), there are a number of links to organisations who can help you on the Coronavirus resources page, on Staplehurst Free Church’s website. Just follow the links from the home page.
However, it is often in the times of darkness that we become most aware of both our need for God but also His presence. Just because God doesn’t seem to be doing anything it doesn’t mean that he is not! Just as a seed will put out roots before top growth, often when we think God is doing nothing he is quietly working in the depths of our lives, long before we see the blossom and fruit resulting from that. It seems to me that the first Easter Saturday was a bit like that. Whilst we don’t know what God was doing on that Sabbath Day of rest, (although the Bible hints that Jesus may have been setting the captives in hades free – see 1 Peter 3v19), the women who had supported Jesus throughout his ministry were the first to see the result of it on that first Easter Sunday, and wasn’t it the most amazing and glorious action by God? Far more than anyone could possibly have imagined!
Because of Jesus’s death each one of us can have a relationship with God Almighty – this is a mind-blowing truth! And because of Jesus’ resurrection we do not need to fear death (even in the midst of this pandemic), if we have accepted that offer of a new life in Christ.
So, in the midst of this darkness, the choice is yours.
Will you be like a seed planted in good soil invite Jesus to be in charge of your life? to exchange all your fears for peace and to put down roots into the only one who can promise you a new life and hope.
Why not make this Easter the time when you meet Jesus for real?
If you would like to know more about this Jesus person – who after all is why we have Easter, then please feel free to contact us and someone will be in touch.