Reflection 25 April - Do you believe the Easter Story?

 Trusting the Easter Story

A Reflection on the Easter Story by Martin Pearce who led worship on Sunday 23 April 2017

 

             empty tomb

 

Never before in the history of the world has there been so much news about what goes on in our city, country and world. Modern communications have made it possible for social media to keep people informed at an individual level, and the 24-hour television news channels keeps us informed about worldwide events, almost as soon as they have happened.

And yet how much can we trust what we are told by the media. Sadly, not many politicians or business leaders or bankers around the world are trusted and are perceived as honest. Even in our own country many a politician tells us what they think we want to hear rather than what the true facts are………and so often, despite never ending news information, it is difficult to know what the truth is. Advertising is another example where we can often be misled.

On the other hand, in the UK we have a relatively free press and many journalists strive to bring the facts to us, but even journalists are writing for a particular readers who buy their newspapers.

Hence one needs a strong sense of disbelief and an enquiring mind to find out the true facts about many events and people rather than the propaganda that is often promoted through the media. Frequently we rely on eye witnesses to tell us what has really happened.

When people hear the Easter story covering the arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus some people dismiss the story as simply being too far-fetched. They dismiss the evidence of the post–resurrection appearances as recorded by the Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 15: 1 – 11) and they are listed below:

1. Peter, (also mentioned in Luke)

2. The Twelve, (which must have included Matthias who replaced Judas)

3. 500 of the brothers at the same time,

4. James (who theologians believe was the Lord’s brother and not James the Apostle)

5. The Apostles, who as far as Paul was concerned, included more than the 12.

6. And last of all, he appeared to Saul, who was later called Paul, on the road to Damascus.

There are some discrepancies regarding the details of what happened during this 50-day period following the resurrection of Jesus, but one thing is certain — every single witness was adamant that they saw the resurrected Christ.


Another 6 accounts are in the Gospels where eye- witnesses record the appearances of the risen Jesus. The resurrection is an historic event and this is the basis for the faith in Jesus Christ and the Easter Story

You have enough evidence from eye witness accounts to make an informed decision about the resurrection for yourself. God gave us a free choice to believe in him or not through his son Jesus. We can do our own thing and die or we can believe in Jesus and live for eternity when we pass through the door, which we call death.

Christianity is not a blind faith religion. It is based on the crucifixion and resurrection - historic events involving an historic person.

Do you believe the Easter story that Jesus is risen and is the living Son of God? 

 


Martin taking the All- age talk and joining us for coffee after the service

martin and children in church   martin in church with the children
 

martin in church   martin and sandra brown
 

martin with coffee  martin socialising


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