It feels a little like Groundhog Day! This time last year, a week before the Easter break, we went into lockdown. A year on and our community has once again been invaded by an invisible enemy. We don’t know where it lurks, but we certainly know the effects.
There are many things in our world that are “invisible”, but it doesn’t mean that they don’t exist and we can ignore them.
Many would say that God is invisible, therefore, He mustn’t exist. It is just a story with some feel good messages. We might not be able to see Him, but we can certainly see the effects of a living God.
Without His being, hope wouldn’t exist, nor would faith. And without faith, many of our institutions and systems wouldn’t exist today.
Indian philosopher Vishal Mangalwadi’s book, “The book that made your world: How the bible created the soul of western civilisation” reveals how faith in a living God triggered the West’s passion for scientific, medical, and technological advancement; how the bible uniquely cultivated compassion, human rights, and strong families; and, how the bible transformed education.
Just because God is “invisible” doesn’t mean we cannot see His effects.
Easter is the pinnacle celebration in the Christian calendar. Sin had entered the world millennia beforehand. Its effects are still evident: suffering, sickness, pandemics, failed relationships, disappointment, and death. God’s only Son entered human history 2000 years ago to bear the punishment of sin for us. He died a horrid death on a Roman cross so we could be made right with God.
The good news is that He rose from the dead on the third day. He is the first of the resurrection, providing hope for all those who believe that He isn’t just invisible, but is alive.
Hopefully, we can celebrate Easter in person, but if not, why not check out a service online to hear more about this amazing event in history.
And if church isn’t your thing but you’re interested in the mystery of God and asking challenging questions, look out for a new group that is being formed for families of the School: Wayfarers.
Dr Paul Browning