At dawn this morning, Christians across Australia and around the world will be gathering in groups large and small to see the sun rise, and join together in prayer and song and affirmation, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and expressing gratitude to God for their invitation to participate in the life and love of God through a spiritual connection with God’s Son, Jesus Christ.
I wasn’t present at an Easter dawn service this year, but at 9.00am sharp this morning, I was with my family, deep underground in the Cathedral Chamber of the Lucas Cave at Jenolan Caves, in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, sharing in an awesome non-denominational Easter service.
Christians celebrate every Sunday, but Easter Week holds a special place on the Christian calendar, commemorating the final week of Jesus’ life, his death, and his resurrection on the first Easter Sunday.
Wherever you were this morning, wherever you are right now, be assured that God loves you, Jesus died to save you, and he rose from among the dead to give you new life and hope. This is the message of Easter.
Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, Sunday 24 April 2011.
Theologian, researcher, teacher, writer, foodie, husband, dad. Works at Moore Theological College.