What a start to the year. Online for the first two weeks, closed for a week due to the floods and back online. Masks on, masks off, masks on again. I’m exhausted, as I’m sure you are.
Firstly, thank you for your support as we navigated the term. Your support has been immensely appreciated. When I asked the community to don masks again, I was in awe of everyone’s support. And I am pleased to say it had an effect. The number of positive COVID-19 cases reached a peak of 42 students and five staff and then started to decline following the reintroduction of masks. Other schools have not been so fortunate, with hundreds of students and dozens of staff away with COVID-19 on a given day.
We will continue to wear masks on campus into next term, and I will review the situation at the end of the first week of Term 2.
Now it is time for a break, and almost all of us can look forward to a long weekend. How will you spend yours?
Easter is the most important festival on the Christian calendar. It is the time that we remember and show gratitude for what many of us believe to be the most remarkable event in history. A man was crucified by Roman soldiers, died a terrible death, but then, on the third day rose from the dead. Have you heard that story? Do you believe it?
I was chatting with a historian earlier this week who has a passion for religious studies. However, she isn’t a Christian. I asked her, “do you believe in the resurrection?”
She replied, “There is so much historical evidence for the existence of the man called Jesus that we cannot deny he lived. Something indeed happened that Easter Sunday to change the course of history and transform the people who were there, but I am not sure what it was. Someone might have moved the body, there might have been some strange phenomenon that happened, or he might have risen from the dead. I am just not sure.”
What do you believe happened?
This question has occupied the minds of so many people since that first Easter Sunday. Those who investigate the question in a robust way can only conclude one thing, that the resurrection happened (check out the story of one man’s mission, Lee Strobel, to disprove the resurrection in “The Case for Christ”).
If it is true, if Jesus did rise from the dead, the implications are remarkable. Life is filled with hope.
As you look forward to a well-deserved long weekend, why not ponder on that question: “is the resurrection true?” Investigate the truth for yourself.
Dr Paul Browning