Easter

The blasphemy of Easter

God speaks and the universe is flung into existence. Moment by moment that same universe is upheld by his living word. Speech defines us as human beings made in the image of God, for relationship with the God who speaks.

God speaks as Creator and Lord. He speaks with authority and with clarity. To love him is to obey him with all our hearts. We cannot say we love him and not do what he says. 

Jesus the Word of God came as the perfect Son, surrendered to his Father’s will. His, “But I say unto you…,” did not overturn the written word, but fulfilled it. 

History is the story of God speaking and our response. Will we trust him and obey or place our word above God’s word? God calls heaven and earth together to witness what we will do. Whose word is supreme? Ours or God’s? We may be free to choose, but God determines the consequences. Life or death.

This is the great obscenity for modern-postmodern man. That God’s word should be supreme. That the fruit of disobedience is death. That we are not the captains of our destiny. That God’s Son willingly, joyfully, lovingly surrendered to his Father’s will and suffered and died in our place. 

The Cross is blasphemy to rebellious hearts —

Has God said? You won’t die if you eat of the fruit. A God of love won’t punish evil. This God of Golgotha is an abusive father who punishes his son for the sins of the world. The God of Love smiles at evil. He lets bygones be bygones. 

Not so. We were made in God’s image, to love and obey him, to tremble at his word. Yet we remake God in our image.

This is the blasphemy of Easter. That God should challenge our illusion of divinity by announcing his judgment on our sin. By declaring us lost and without hope. In need of a Saviour. By demanding (demanding!) that we turn and cast ourselves upon his mercy.

God loves sinners. He will never tolerate sin. It will be judged. It must be judged. It was judged at the Cross. That’s the only reason we are free and forgiven. We bring nothing to the table. Jesus is our only hope. The only hope of lost humanity.

And what a sure hope he is.

Taking Easter to your neighbourhood

Here’s what Dave and his team have been doing in the lead up to Easter:

We began visiting people last Wednesday.

Here’s what we did:

  1. Greeting: Hi my name is Dave and this is Fred, we are meeting our neighbours over this Easter period and wanting to share a little of the Easter blessing by giving a simple gift. Can we offer you this gift?
  2. Give the Gift if they are OK to receive. (we gave 5-7 small easter eggs in cellophane with a ribbon, Nice!)
  3. Question listening and Dialogue: We are wondering also if people have an opinion about Easter. Do you have an opinion about Easter? (Or you could ask “What do you think is the spiritual significance of Easter?)
  4. Prayer: After some discussion and interaction if you hear about a need offer to pray or: “We are also looking to bless our community with prayer at this time. If God was to meet a need of yours or of your family, what would that be? Can we pray that now?”

We now have thirteen people to follow up. We plan to follow up by telling a Bible story, bridging to a simple gospel presentation, finding out if they want to know more, inviting them to a Discovery Group in their neighbourhood.

Dave

It’s not too late to give it a try in your neighbourhood.