Shanklin United Reformed Church

High Street, Shanklin, Isle of Wight. PO37 6LA
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The View From Number 10 (Dracaena Gardens, Shanklin that is!! J)

He’s Alive!

The resurrection of Jesus is perhaps the event that most changed human history. The women who went to the tomb were amazed and frightened to find the stone rolled away and were then told by an angelic messenger “Don’t be alarmed – you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.” (Mark 16:6).

Once they had come to realise that this was true, it totally changed their lives; despair and hopelessness gave way to joy and anticipation as the good news of his resurrection began to impact them. The New Testament goes on to tell us about that first generation of disciples who began to turn the world upside down; a small band of nobodies began a movement that has encircled the globe.

It all hinged around the resurrection. If Jesus had remained dead, then the powers of darkness would have won. But Peter declares in his sermon on the Day of Pentecost - “God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.” (Acts 2:24).

The cross was an essential part of God’s saving plan as Jesus gave himself as a sacrifice for our sins and took it all to the grave - his lifeblood was shed so that we might find forgiveness and the offer of new life. Hallelujah, what a saviour!
People around Jerusalem knew about the death of Jesus – it was the talk of the town, as we discover from the Emmaus Road story in Luke 24:18. His resurrection was the controversial issue that divided everyone and was central to the message of Peter, Paul and the early church. This claim confounded the religious leaders, but they saw the boldness and courage of the disciples who were empowered by the Holy Spirit – God’s gift through the risen Christ.

This month we will be running a short series on a Wednesday evening called ALIVE. This has been developed by the Bible Society and Hope Together as a resource to help people explore the impact of Jesus’ resurrection. It began its life as a course in a local church in Peterborough – rather like Alpha did before it went global.

Each of the five sessions has a short engaging video looking at one of Jesus’ appearances after he had risen from the dead. These are superbly produced and are very thought provoking. They each focus on a theme – Love, Hope, Peace, Freedom, and Purpose. There is also a book available that follows the series.

We are inviting people in the community to come and look into this amazing story and its implications for our lives today. This will be an interactive session at the church with time for questions and discussion over drinks. One or two of our small groups may also use it in the post-Easter season when resurrection is a central focus for us all.

Do please use the invitation cards to invite a friend or neighbour to come along with you. Now is the time to act while Easter is in focus,

Every blessing,

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” 1 Peter 1:3

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