In my 29th March post I left you in a dark place, with the promise of an Easter follow up.
Here it is, courtesy of our recent visit to Canterbury.
For me this little corner of the Cathedral grounds told out the Easter message with power.
What you do with Jesus is up to you, but for17 years I left him on the cross.
Then the Holy Spirit opened my eyes.
Jesus Christ bore my sin on the cross, death could not hold him.
On the third day HE ROSE AGAIN.
A man who did nothing amiss, and filled out his days by feeding the hungry, healing the sick, raising the dead, and challenging authority came to a gruesome end on a cross.
The rulers and the religious leaders conspired to ensure that Jesus would no longer trouble the status quo.
The tomb was guarded, and a huge stone was supposed to close the door on an exciting blip in history.
But the Son of God wasn’t held by death.
Within three days he was back, and appearing to those who’d known him.
Even those who weren’t followers of “The Way” acknowledged Jesus rose again.
You may find this “too hot to handle”.You’re not alone.
Even a disciple couldn’t believe Jesus was alive.
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
John 20: 24-29 KJV