From the Pastor’s Desk

By Rev. JohnShatananda

Greetings in thename of risen Lord.

“We can mend every thing except a brokenheart.” - read a signboard in front of a workshop.

There was a Bible teacher, who loved thenursery rhymes. His favourite nursery rhyme was ‘Humpty Dumpty’ - a bigegg-shaped creature with a painted face and skinny arms and legs perchedhappily on a wall. Then he fell and broke into countless pieces. As a child,the teacher felt the hopelessness of the situation whenever he read that they“could not put Humpty Dumpty together again”.

He, as he has come to know Christ as hisSaviour, has experienced God’s powerful and tender hands restoring theshattered pieces of his life and the lives of others. The Bible teacher said,he had the joy of seeing many seemingly hopeless drug and other addicts madenew in Christ.

As a result he added a line to Humpty Dumptynursery rhyme - “what all the king’s horses and all the kings men couldn’t do,the King could”.

Are you or someone dear to you feelingshattered or broken today?

Remember, no one is hopeless and beyond God’ssaving help. Jesus said, “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:36).God raised Jesus from the dead on the 3rd day.

When the broken pieces of life seem beyondhope of repair, “don’t give up.” Jesus gave His body to be broken, died and wasraised on the 3rd day to be with us, to mend us, to make us whole.

We have a King, who can put people back togetheragain.

The risen Lord is always drawn to brokenhearts, He saves each contrite, sin-sick soul, you and I can experience Hishealing touch and grace, it makes the wounded spirit whole.

The risen Lord, “The King”, wants to mend ourbroken hearts.

 

Happy Easter toall of You!




Member’s Column

by Mrs. Ranjana Brownson

 

People whom we love, admire and believe willchange life for the better, often die before their time. If that death issudden and untimely, our most overwhelming emotion may be that of stunneddisbelief. With this dying comes the death of our hopes.

The Easter story is this kind of loss. For thedisciples, the one whom they loved, trusted and relied on was gone. Inbewilderment and fear of the Jewish authorities, they gathered and asked thequestion, "What now?"

The women went to the tomb to anoint the bodyof Jesus, but it was gone. They were confronted by an empty tomb, the stonerolled away, and by a dazzling figure who bid them go to the disciples and tellthem Christ was risen.

Note that it was a woman who received themessage of the incarnation from an angel, and women received the message of theresurrection from an angel. To Mary the angel said, "Fear not." Tothese women the message is the same, "Do not be afraid." Then headds, "He is risen. He will go before you."

In awe and great joy they run with the news.Then suddenly, Jesus is there, ahead of them, coming to meet them, with asimple, everyday word, "Greetings." Then comes the reassurance,"Do not be afraid." In spite of all that had happened, he was therewith them, calming their fears, giving them directions and hope.

"He is risen." That short sentenceis the reason for our faith.

This week we celebrated his gift at the LastSupper. On Good Friday we experienced his sacrifice on the cross. On EasterSunday, the Giver of Life, whom neither sin nor death could destroy, is aliveand well He is here for us. We break into songs rejoicing for Christ in ourlives.

He is in his people, in the church. The Lordis in you… He is in young faces discovering the message of Jesus. The Lord isin those whom age has weakened, who long for God to take them so that they canbe present with this Risen Lord in a new and more complete way. He is in thosewith whom you agree and in those with whom you find yourself in disagreement.

Jesus lives in us. We know him, not in anempty tomb, but in relationship with him, in hearing his voice, and in thosewho are his own today – his church in whom he lives and moves and has hisbeing.

The joy of Easter is that God loves us so verymuch. They nailed Jesus to a cross and put him to death for treason andblasphemy. He stretched out his arms, and in so doing, he embraces you and mein a gesture that tells us very much about the love of God. To stretch outone''s arms is an attitude of including, of forgiving, and of loving.

St. John tells us in plain words, “God islove.” Those who killed Jesus did not have the last word. Jesus forgave themall. Then God raised Jesus from death, proving once and for all that the loving,forgiving power of God is stronger than any other force – stronger than greed,hate or fear. God loves us and will always love us.

Praise be to the God of Resurrection and Life!

 

Have a Blessed Easter!