Reflections: Rev Daniel Pollin

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SAD, disappointed, confused, angry with God?

We will have all felt like this some time in our life, unless you are Superman!

Think again of that first Easter morning. I know it’s two weeks ago, but we should never lose the joy nor the message of it.

Mary approaches the tomb, heartbroken. Jesus was the only man who cared for her, treated her as a person, showed her God and now He was gone.

She came in grief but what did she find? An empty tomb! Jesus wasn’t there.

In panic, she runs to get Peter. Peter and John run back to the tomb and they see the same thing; Jesus is not there! What’s happening and why does it matter?

Paul the apostle tells us in 1 Corinthians chapter 15 what is happening - God’s plan is being fulfilled.

‘What I pass on to you, brothers and sisters is of first importance... It is the Gospel, the good news.

‘It is this – that Jesus died for our sins, according to the scriptures; was buried and, on the third day, He rose again, appearing first to cephas (Peter) then to the other 11 (disciples) and then to over 500 at once.’

The tomb was empty because God the Father had brought Jesus back from the dead.

Not in a dream-like sense, nor in a ‘hope springs eternal’ way, but in an actual physical resurrection.

Now most of us know in our hearts that if anybody has the power of life and death, it is God.

Now if Jesus had been making wild claims about God, or was in fact lying about being God’s son, then it would be strange for God to bring Him back from the dead to carry on confusing people? But the fact God raised Him from the dead is God’s way of saying everything Jesus said was true, every miracle was real.

When He said God so loved the world that He sent His only beloved Son that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life – He meant it.

When Jesus said ‘I am the way the truth and the life, nobody comes to the Father but through me. I have come to give you abundant life’. I will not leave you as orphans but will send you the Holy Spirit’ – He was telling the truth.

So, for broken-hearted Mary, her sorrow was turned to joy; for fearful Peter, a new boldness came over him, all because they encountered the risen Jesus.

Now, my friend, what about you? To acknowledge the fact Jesus rose from the dead is not enough to bring His joy and love into our life.

Jesus calls us to believe in Him, to fellowship with Him, not as a fact but as a living person who has returned from the grave.

Paul tells us the only barrier between us and fellowship with the God of holy love, joy and peace is unbelief. What of all the bad stuff I do? Jesus died so our sins would be forgiven; He made the unforgivable forgivable.

I don’t have it all figured out yet! Thats OK – it took the disciples a few years to get some of it.

Jesus stands with this amazing offer to follow Him and all He calls us at first to do is turn from going our own way and turn 180 degrees around and trust Him and follow Him.

Will you let the risen Christ change your life?