Resurrection Sunday gives us many reasons to celebrate, the first being, that Jesus took the consequences of our sins upon himself on the cross, that we might have access to God and enjoy his presence, both on this earth, but in a fuller way, in the world to come. What a blessing that God loves us all individually so much that he wants to be part of our lives here in Christchurch in 2017. In taking hold of that new life that Jesus won for us, we need never be alone. “Cast your anxiety on him, for he cares for you” 1Peter 5:7.
So, let’s take some time this Easter weekend, to really notice the ‘life’ that exists in our lives as a result of God’s goodness to us. Let’s be thankful to God for the moments of fun and laughter we enjoy with friends and family; for the ‘wow’ response in our hearts when we marvel at God’s creation; for a sense of ‘belonging’ where we feel loved and accepted; for the absence of angst in relationships that would normally be gripped with it; for healing of old wounds; for inner growth we see in ourselves; for the peaceful living we can take for granted in NZ; for having a bed to sleep in and food to eat.
Phil 4:8 says “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” So often the rich blessings of our lives can get pushed out of view by the ‘noisy’ negative things that scream for our attention. It takes time and effort to bring back into view those things we can be grateful for. Easter is a good time to readjust our vision, to take time to reflect and to express our gratitude to God for the ‘life’ that is evident in our lives, which ultimately all comes from him.