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What Easter means to me

James Grayston

Welcome to the first of the Townhead Christian Fellowship Easter blogs. Over the next few days we will be posting a number of blogs based on the theme “What Easter means to me.”

So, I asked myself the question, “What does Easter mean to me?” The answer can be summarised in a few short words, written by the Apostle Paul almost two millennia ago, and are recorded in the Bible, in 1st Corinthians Chapter 1.

So let me use the words of Paul, to demonstrate why I believe Easter, the time of remembering the death, burial and resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ, is so incredibly important.

“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.

For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 11 Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

The Risen Christ, Our Hope

12 Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. 14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. 15 Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. 16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. 17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! 18 Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.”

These verses are pivotal not just to the message of Christianity, but also to the core of humanity. Why? Read carefully the claims that they make! C.S. Lewis wrote, “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”

Easter is of vital importance to me, because it is the core of an evidence-based message of forgiveness and hope.

Listen to “In Christ Alone” by Keith and Kristen Getty, which tells in song, something of the message. Happy Easter