Easter, Easter Day – this day – is central to our understanding of the Christian faith. The one crucified – killed last Friday; today, lives. The power of death has been overcome; God’s love has been shown; and there is hope in following Christ. And yet for all its importance and significance, the biblical narrative of these events is sketchy; even at points contradictory. And what is more the news of the empty tomb, is greeted with reserve, fear, doubt and unknowing.
That first Easter morn ironically has nothing of the confidence we have even shown this morning – all of these years later. There was no singing of Alleluias, no garlanding of a cross on which Christ had died a couple of days before; and no simple affirmation, the central affirmation of this day Read more →