The United Reformed Church Chesham
April/May 2015 Newsletter
I wonder if you have chosen your favourite bird to be Britain’s National Bird. The choice includes barn owl, blackbird, blue tit, hen harrier, kingfisher, mute swan, puffin, red kite, robin and wren.
They all have good reasons to be chosen and you may have other favourites that are not included. Should the choice be made on size or power or on attractiveness?
Choices are not always easy. Many people chose to follow Jesus during his earthly ministry. They saw the miracles and prophesy fulfilled and believed that he was the promised Messiah, but then it all went wrong. He was not the military leader they were expecting. The crowd began to doubt and turned against him to the point of shouting ‘crucify’. The disciples and his close friends wanted to be with him, but feared for their own lives. Then on Easter morning Jesus appeared telling them, “Peace be with you” and there were no more doubts
Jesus declared “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live and everyone who lives and believes in me, will never die.” (John 11:25-26) At times of grief and sadness we have the assurance that Jesus promises eternal life. At times when we are afraid, when we don’t know what is ahead, if we trust and believe then we, like those first disciples, will find Jesus standing beside us offering peace.
As we hear how Jesus was led to the cross again this year, we will see the choices made by Jesus, the crowd, Judas, Pilot, Herod and the disciples. But then on Easter Sunday, there is resurrection and the hope for the future. The choice is in front of us – to believe and rejoice knowing that in great love God gave his only Son for us so that we might be saved. All will be well.
Wishing you all the blessings of Easter.