The Christian faith is entirely centered on the Person of Jesus Christ. It seems obvious when we say it like that – but it is good to remind ourselves sometimes of the obvious.
Often we can be easily distracted from central issues as daily responsibilities crowd out what is important. As we grapple with the challenges of life it is easy to take for granted the good things we have. Easter is a welcome break from routine duties and is a God-given opportunity to celebrate Christ, renew our hearts and focus on the core beliefs of our faith.
Holy Week, as it is often called, is observed by different Christian groups in many different ways. Kensington Temple does not observe highly-developed rituals and ceremonies found in some traditional expressions of Christianity, but we do take every opportunity to gather together and celebrate the victory of Christ!
Behind all these activities and events lie the great beliefs that make us who we are. The Easter message was proclaimed from the very earliest days of the Christian community. The life, death and resurrection of Christ all took place in the full light of history and were the climax of God’s work of salvation. These events feature in all the earliest Christian confessions, such as the one found in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 which dates back to the months immediately following Christ’s resurrection:
“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures”.
We have the best news in existence. Christ died and is risen again! Let’s celebrate it, live it and declare it to the world.