The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is a powerful reminder that God is not dead. God is alive!
For many of us the great turning point in life was when we came to a realisation that God really is alive and that we can get to know him. The total Easter message is that God is for us and that God is with us. God has not abandoned us on this planet and we are not alone in the universe.
The fact that God not only exists but is alive has profound implications for our lives and for the world. God has a will and he is actively involved in all of life here on earth. He is not an aloof or distant heavenly parent but fully engaged in the life of his creation and his creatures including us.
As an atheist I didn’t believe in any God or life beyond the grave. This world was my total reality and I rejected my inherited religion of cultural Christianity. That was until one day when I had a transformative experience of a power greater than myself. I knew from that point on that that there was a higher power and it wasn’t long before I was able to name him as God.
That was when the reality of God came alive for me. Of course, God wasn’t dead just because I didn’t believe in him. But he was dead to me in the sense that I had ruled him out of my life so that I could get on and live the way I wanted to. I am glad that God enabled me to come out of that place of unbelief and defiance. That is the grace of God in action reaching into our so-called private worlds and bringing us out into a spacious place where we can receive his light and his love.
On Good Friday this world tried to kill God. They crucified him, dead and buried but on the third day he rose again from the dead and he is alive. Jesus is alive and through our faith in him we too can be raised from the dead, spiritually in the present and physically in the future.
Rev. Dr. Christopher Noble – Rector
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