Special offer, 3 for £10! Take your pick! Buttons, balls, or bunnies – it’s up to you! Plain, dark, milk? Bows or bonnets? Nuts, paleo, gluten free? Decisions, decisions, what to do.. too much to choose from..
Yep, you’ve guessed it.. I’m talking EGGS! I’m talking commercials.. I’m talking shops, talking er… possibly Easter?
We could so easily get caught up with the ‘stuff’ around Easter, that we forget the One who triggered the Easter event.. The refugee, asylum-seeking Saviour, who bucked every trend, who critiqued the Roman occupation and the religious authorities around.. who challenged the ‘powers’ and the ‘principalities’ of His time.
I’m talking about the One who entered the temple, overturning the tables of the money changers.. the One who went out of His way to have a conversation with a woman, welcomed children, reached out to the ‘untouchables’, crossed segregated regions, ate with tax collectors and ‘sinners’.. …time and time again refusing to collude or promote the very systems that perpetuated the ‘insiders/outsiders’ social trap.
Where does He end up? His friends deserted him, denied Him and betrayed Him. Falsely accused, tortured, humiliated.. He died, hanging on a cross.. later, buried in a tomb – not His own..
All seemed lost…
Except.. except… heaven and earth were battling it out.. freedom – yours and mine – was on the line.. and then BOOM! Freedom! Resurrection! Life in all its fullness was redeemed, so that we could live life to the full!
Free to speak out against injustice, free to stand up for those who have been marginalised and victimised because they are considered the ‘other’. We have witnessed too many scenes where the lines have been unfairly drawn, borders have been erected, mind sets narrowed, hearts shrunk.
So… after the chocolate eggs have been eaten, the boxes recycled, and the feasting is over, what then?
May we all experience resurrection life wherever we live. May we be filled with a hope and courage to move heaven and earth on behalf of others, in the same way that God moved heaven and earth for us. May streams of freedom, justice, truth and love flow through all of us.
This Easter, choose to live the life that Jesus paid the price for…