Thought for the week by Reverend Jon Bergen

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Easter is soon to be upon us. It is very early this year and yet in the midst of still feeling like winter some days, we will be reminded that there is resurrection, an awakening which the seasons remind us about.

I am constantly amazed by the nay sayers when it comes to Christian faith, yet here we are 2,000 years later still celebrating the incarnation of Jesus into our world and then us marking His resurrection each year.

I do see that the secularisation of our society is eating away at that basic act of worship that we take part in, but still it is an event that changed the world for the better and is still changing lives even in the culture we live in.

It is an interesting thing to be involved in discussions about this topic and realize that it is not a new one.

Yet the resurrection of Jesus Christ is a major part of the very essence of what it means to be a Christian.

Christ is the centre of our faith.

The idea that He is who He said He is. And as I am preaching though the Gospel According to John I am finding layer upon amazing layer of Christ’s pronouncements of who He is and I realize that this Jesus is more than a simple carpenter that appeared out of nowhere and was killed.

But as Jesus is the very core of Christianity, His central essence is that of His death, burial and resurrection. The implications of this grow in my heart the more I study it.

But I will leave off today with two scriptures that help me in my journey of faith.

There are to be certain many others but these deal with this thought greatly in my own life.

First is in 1 Corinthians 15. Verses 13-14: “But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen: and if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.”

Verses 19-20: “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, then we of all men are most miserable but now is Christ raised from the dead and become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.”

Don’t know about you, but the resurrection keeps me pretty joyful in my Christian life journey.

The second passage of Scripture that impacts me regarding the resurrection is this - Titus 2:13-14: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

We get to live a life of hope in an at times hopeless looking world because of the events of that Easter so long ago.

We get to do good works because of who we can be in Christ.

That lifts my life greatly.

More soon,

Reverend Jon Bergen

Brechin Baptist Fellowship.