Welcome to part 6, of the our Back to Basics series, the aim of this series is to give you an insight into why Christians believe what they do and why they do some of the things they do. This week we’ll be looking at the Easter story, Part 1 and what it means to Christians…
So, the Easter story or the crucifixion of Jesus is recorded and narrated in each of the 4 Gospels in the Bible and is referred to consistently throughout the New Testament and foreshadowed in the Old Testament. There is much evidence to suggest that Jesus was crucified as the Bible records. These accounts can be found in John 11: 45- 21:25, Luke 22-24:53, Mark 14:12- 16:20, Matthew 26-28:20.
Last week we discussed what communion is, which is really where the Easter story starts. After the Lord’s/Last Supper, it is recorded in the Bible that Jesus and his disciples went to Gethsemane to pray. Jesus prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, take this cup of suffering away from me. But let you will be done.” (Matthew 26: 39) It is here that Jesus Judas (a disciple) hands Jesus over to the authorities. After Jesus is arrested, he is taken to be tried. Being founds guilt by the people of blasphemy, Jesus was sentenced to death via crucifixion.
Christians believe that Jesus’ death was a happy thing. And it is in the end. But, for today we are leaving it here, until next week. But let me leave this with you, imagine you finding the person that you’ve been told will come and save everyone, stop persecution, be a king, lead your people, bring you out of evil and punishment, the one person that could save you. The unimaginable joy and peace that would bring. And then, that person is killed. I think it’s fair to say anyone would feel hopeless.
Thankfully, this is not the ending! But in order to grasp what the Easter story really means to Christians it is crucial to think about how those following Jesus at the time would have felt. Especially in todays circumstances. Although everything may feel frightening, hopeless and dull, there is hope. There is life. There is joy. There is love. There is a rock to cling to, always. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Jesus is alive, Jesus is with you and Jesus loves you. An unmoving, unchanging, ever-present, everlasting hope found in Jesus and Jesus alone. May you ALL know this, believe this and live this.
“For I know the plans I have for YOU says the Lord, plans to prosper YOU and not to harm you, plans to give you a HOPE and a FUTURE.” Jeremiah 29:11
So much love for you all,
P.S. Here are some song links, they’re some of my favourite songs that remind me that I am not alone.
Closer Than You Know – Hillsong: https://youtu.be/cHBd-V167Mg
Highs and Lows – Hillsong: https://youtu.be/7ESO6SHEwGk
Joy – Housefires: https://youtu.be/qQZWfbIJrGg
Raise a Hallelujah: Bethel https://youtu.be/G2XtRuPfaAU
Be Still: Hillsong https://youtu.be/H7pJb49vVQY
Glorious Day: Passion https://youtu.be/gklJ2XZwDHc