Friends

What are the ‘vital signs’ of your life? Connected to a heart monitor you’d see a mountain range of up and down lines, but what are the relationships, routines and events, which prove you’re really alive?

It’s possible to die long before we’re buried, our stuffing knocked out of us, our ‘get-up-and-go’ gone. Some people live from holiday to holiday and put up with life in between, others aren’t allowed that luxury.

2,000 years ago Jesus’ heart stopped, cruelly killed and buried. The Bible’s eye-witness accounts are that he came alive again and continues to come to us. He comes to apply his spiritual defibrillator to our dead and dull souls, to free us from guilt, fear and death, and gift us everlasting life, starting here and now.

Perhaps I’m havering, even mad, but what if it’s true? Isn’t it worth checking out? Honestly asking Jesus (if he’s really still around) to show himself to us? I pray this Holy Week, when people the world over consider Jesus’ journey to, through and beyond death, that it’s more than the chance to entertain a ‘sneaking suspicion’ of some truth. May souls be softened and opened to the possibility that Jesus is the answer to our deep needs for significance and intimacy. May Jesus’ sin & evil draining death, absorbing and burying all we humans could assault him with, be gladly embraced as the gobsmacking, gracious ground from which forgiveness and fullness of life can grow.

With the spiritual defibrillation of Jesus death and resurrection applied to our hearts may we be jolted into the full life of loving service we were designed for. Here’s how St Paul puts it:

 “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:4-10 / NLT)

Happy Easter Living!