Audio Reflection with Jon Berry:
Yesterday we were in a posture of waiting, waiting for the light of God to shine through the darkness …. wondering if my son was going to be okay?
Jesus Has Risen
16 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”
8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.
…. After what felt like an eternity, a man turned around to look at me and then he smiled. I found the courage to the ask the question that I had been waiting for the answer to, “Is he okay?”. The man said, “apart from having a Newcastle United fan as a father? I think he will be fine.” In all that was going on I forgot I was wearing the replica kit. I asked if he needed taking away to look at properly and he said, ‘No he’s fine’ and handed our son over to Amy. After a very short time I asked if I could hold him? She agreed, and the midwife took the baby off Amy and placed him in my arms. That was the moment I knew life would never be the same again. This new life had been presented to me and he was mine. I was so lost in the awe and wonder of this new life I really wasn’t listening to anything going on in the room. 40 minutes I held him, till my arm went numb.
My life had new purpose and direction all because of that one, albeit traumatic, moment that had ended in incredible joy and an amazing peace.
The cross was an amazing event that left us holding our breath. On the morning of the third day we are left in no doubt as to the triumph of the cross. It looked like the sad and tragic end for the Son of God, but Sunday morning came and suddenly it became clear it was not an end for Jesus, or his ministry but a victory. A victory over death, sin and over the devil. The cross has enabled us to have a real personal relationship with God. As it said in Fridays reading, the curtain temple was torn in two (where God dwelled) and he was able to be with us and us with him.
Today we remember the single greatest victory this world has ever and will ever know. Jesus died so we could have a relationship with our creator, ‘He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead’, as it says in our church’s Nicene creed. Today we invite God into our lives to be with us and part of our lives.
Thank you for your son Jesus. Thank you for what Jesus did on the cross and thank you that through him I can have a relationship with you. I ask that you, for the first or 100th time, enter my heart and be part of my life today and from now on.
In your precious name, I pray this prayer Lord Jesus