I will not die, but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done!
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Shouts of joy and victory! Christ is Victor! Our enemies are defeated! Sin is dead, the devil is bound, and death O death where is your sting? Itâ€™s gone, thatâ€™s why weâ€™ve chocolate eggs, not chilli or prickle ones. Now, I know theyâ€™ve only been chocolate for 200yrs, but the egg has always been a symbol, a reminder of Christâ€™s empty tomb, His death from which comes life. It looks like a stone, something dead; and yet from the chook egg comes a live chicken, at least if thereâ€™s been a rooster involved. A symbol of life out of death, and now itâ€™s sweet chocolate, a reminder of Paulâ€™s words, â€˜to live is Christ and to die is gainâ€™ (Philippians 1:21). For the Christian death is now nothing to be feared, itâ€™s merely a temporary pain. For we know we have been baptised into Christ, the rhythm of His life, into His death and resurrection (Romans 6).
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â So, we pray together with Him, â€˜I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done!â€™ And another food that proclaims Jesusâ€™ victory is the hot cross bun. The cross is obvious, Christ died that shameful and excruciating death; then traditionally spices are used, as incense and myrrh on His body to the tomb (John 19:39); but His death is sweet for us (Colossians 1:22), Heâ€™s the firstfruit of the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20), so thereâ€™s the fruit and sugar; also no flat bread buns, because Christ is Risen indeed! Hallelujah!
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â So, we can proclaim His victory with each egg we eat, every bun we munch, that our lives are joined to His and He sustains us according to the Promise. This is the Gospel of peace through Jesus Christ, Lord of all! (Acts 10) No need to fear this mystery, for God has revealed today His salvation, we have seen it! (Mark 16; Luke 2:30) By Godâ€™s grace hold firmly to the Good News of Christâ€™s victory and donâ€™t reject it. (1 Corinthians 15) For â€˜the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this and itâ€™s marvellous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice and be glad in it! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!â€™ And as we join with Him, â€˜give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.â€™ (Psalm 118)
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, now unto the Resurrection. Amen! Christ is Risen!
Pastor Joseph Graham.