Revd Miri Keen writes …
Over the last few weeks I’ve enjoyed ‘window shopping’ for Easter eggs for those I love. There’s a huge range available in the supermarket and so I’ve been comparing the relative merits of an egg that comes with a mug with an egg in magnificent packaging and full of chocolates, or of small eggs covered in a variety of colours of foil that can be unpeeled one by one and savoured whilst smoothing the foil into shining squares. I want to choose something that’s ‘just right’ for each person; something that clearly says ‘I love you’.
God said ‘I love you’ to each and every one of us throughout that first ‘Easter weekend’. He didn’t choose to tell us with chocolate eggs, he chose to show us his love despite betrayal and through the anguish and death of his son Jesus. He showed his love by turning tragedy upside down and raising Jesus from the dead.
The Bible puts it like this
“For this is the way God loved the world: he gave his one and only Son that everyone who believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3: 16
God showed his love by giving a priceless gift, his unique, one-of-a-kind son Jesus. But he achieved much more than a declaration of his love. He changed our potential life experience. He gave us the opportunity to live life in all its richness or ‘fullness’, to experience his kingdom on earth and to live ‘a little bit of heaven’.
When I give my family their Easter eggs, I’ll be watching carefully to see if my choice of egg was the right one. I’m hoping that they’ll be delighted and accept the gift joyfully. It’s the same whenever we say or do something that shows someone else that we love them. We eagerly await a response and hope that our love is accepted. At Easter Jesus doesn’t offer us chocolate eggs, he offers us all that he achieved by dying on the cross so that we could know God’s love for us. He’s eagerly waiting to see how we will each respond to his ‘I love you.’
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