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April 2017

‘Alleluia Christ is Risen!

He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!’

So runs one of the many Easter greetings with very ancient origins in the Biblical language of Greek and the church’s early language of Latin

We speak them from early Easter Sunday for 6 weeks through the season of Easter.  Those who hear them think we’re weird – a leader from another church once criticised me for making this declaration as it is just weird!  But it is a very startling claim that someone who was dead for three days was raised again by God Himself.

Right at the heart of the Christian faith is this belief that Jesus was crucified, dead and buried, but on the third day He rose again.

A recent survey found up to a third of those who called themselves ‘Christians’ albeit perhaps just nominally, had doubts about the truth of Jesus’ resurrection.  But the Bible is very clear that if we don’t believe this about Jesus our faith is in vain.  Indeed you cannot really call yourself a Christian if you do not believe that Jesus was raised from the dead.

You see everyone is born like Jesus as we celebrate at Christmas

Everyone dies like Jesus as we commemorate on Good Friday

But not everyone is raised from the dead.

Most of the world’s religions and most people of no faith accept that Jesus existed, that He was a good man, that he brought some great teachings and even that He was a prophet.

But to be a Christian is to proclaim that Jesus is alive and risen from the dead.

And this gives us a sure and certain hope for the future after this life on earth is ended as it will for each and every one of us.

Because if we trust in Jesus and all that He said of His gift to us of eternal life when we believe and trust in Him, we too will have an eternal life in a perfect Heaven.

A great claim,  a great and sure and certain hope in a world where there often seems no hope.

So I shall continue to proclaim along with millions of other Christians across history

‘Alleluia, Christ is Risen!

He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!’

Rev Tim Wilson

Great Chart Rectory

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