Tomorrow Australians celebrate ANZAC Day, but today is an even more significant day, especially for Christians: it’s Easter Sunday – the day on which, for more than 2,000 years, followers of Jesus Christ have celebrated his resurrection from among the dead, and the vindication of all his claims, and the guarantee of all his promises.
Many of us are familiar with the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus, narrated by the Four Gospels in the Bible, and now brought to the screen in blockbuster movies. In fact, we’re so familiar with the story of Easter that we have difficulty appreciating just how awesome those events actually were.
The first followers of Jesus did not easily reach the conclusion that their dead leader had risen to life after such a shocking death. When Mary saw the empty tomb, she thought the body had been moved. Peter and the other disciples saw the evidence, and believed, but not with complete understanding.
Two thousand years later, people are still weighing the evidence, and putting their trust in Jesus, the way to God, the hope of the world.
Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, Sunday 24 April 2011.
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