Happy Easter: A New Hope

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Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed of believing in hope, forgiveness, unity and peace. There is no shame in the philosophy of Love, says Rachael Tearney.

‘A week is a long time in politics’ – the infamous idiom of Harold Wilson was actually a truth universally acknowledged long before his coining of the phrase.

Holy Week is here and no week ever looked so different from beginning to end than the last week of Jesus’ life.

Riding into Jerusalem on a donkey with palm leaves strewn at their feet, cheering crowds welcomed the renowned preacher and philosopher. By Saturday he was dead, beaten, shamed and subjected to the worst kind of painful death. Though our politicians may find themselves booted out of office in the space of a week, they never face such horrors as Jesus.

As our great society falters, it is perhaps a moment to take stock and consider what we really want as a nation. 

As our great society falters, it is perhaps a moment to take stock and consider what we really want as a nation. 

The ultimate message of Easter is triumph. Victory over death. Victory over evil. Triumph over the emptiness of a life in this world and the next, without Jesus and without his light to guide us.

‘In the beginning was the word and the word was God.’ There was never nothing: there was always God. An almighty power for good.  This unrelinquishing power for good was made man in Jesus. Jesus lived the life of a human, just like us. He felt our fears, worries, needs and desires and he led his life as an example for us to follow, to save ourselves from darkness and despair.

We may despair at the state of our nation but the struggle has always been there, it is never plain sailing. Evil lurks and tries to destroy all that is good. Luckily for us, we have the answers. We have the gospels, we have the word. The word of Jesus.

The ancient civilisation of Moses had a covenant with God. We have a covenant with Jesus. A New Covenant. What is a covenant? It’s a deal. A new deal. The old covenant left man separate from God, cut off by our own failings, our sins. The sacrificial lambs, the blood of an innocent restored us to God’s good grace. Then came Jesus, to be the sacrifice, for every one of us. He paid for our sins, he was cast into Hell, as he died on the cross and cried ‘My God, My God (notice he doesn’t say father) why hast thou forsaken me?’ and then finally, ‘It is finished. Father into thy hands, I commend my spirit.’

From that point on, mankind can never be lost to hell again. What an extraordinary deal we were offered. What was in it for God? Through his son, Jesus, the almighty power for good, God, gave a pathway for his creation, mankind, to find their way back to him and to live with Him in paradise. 

In recent years, we’ve allowed the doubters, the intellectuals, the frauds of all political kinds to steer us away from this new deal.

In recent years, we’ve allowed the doubters, the intellectuals, the frauds of all political kinds to steer us away from this new deal. To tempt us towards the treasures of the earth, to believe they’ve got a better answer, Atheism; nothingness, a void with no foundations. We have become unstable edifices pronouncing our own wisdom. We don’t need Jesus, we’ve got therapy, we’ve got wealth, we’ve got the state, they can do it. We can please ourselves, as long as we’re not hurting anyone else. Problem is, we’re hurting ourselves because we’re trying to live without the light.

In 1990, when Mrs Thatcher was ejected from power, she and President Reagan and Pope Jean Paul II had left Western civilisation in an extraordinarily strong position. Our enemies couldn’t touch us…

In 1990, when Mrs Thatcher was ejected from power, she and President Reagan and Pope Jean Paul II had left Western civilisation in an extraordinarily strong position. Our enemies couldn’t touch us; we had built exemplary armed forces, a nuclear deterrent, rock solid legal systems, free fair elections, education free from indoctrination and a strong Christian church caring for the elderly, lonely and vulnerable.

The only way we could be taken down and our freedom destroyed, was from within. And this is what the enemies of democracy have attempted to do; to bring us down from the inside with divisive, Godless Marxism. They’ve sewn distrust, envy, anger and persuaded us we don’t have the answers. They’ve sewn doubt where there once was faith.

When Jesus rose again on the third day, the wonder and joy of the disciples was finite. He had rebuilt the temple in three days (John 2:19). He had kept his promise, his side of the deal, the New Covenant.

Thomas the disciple doubted when Jesus appeared in the top room, after his resurrection. (John 20:24) Thomas asked to see Christ’s wounds. Doubt is a normal human action. Jesus reassured Thomas and the doubt was gone. Doubt opens the door to those things which can destroy us. The enemies of freedom know this. Do not open the door to doubt.

Easter is synonymous with new life, rebirth, new starts; the New Covenant. We see the tiny new spring flowers emerge as the earth shakes off the cold of the dark winter. We have the chance to re-shape our nation, to come together and rebuild as one people who live in peace and bring peace to those nations around us. We need only to restore our foundations: our faith. When our faith is strong we can achieve extraordinary things, we can create music, art, laws, reform and correct wrongs, seek justice and maintain peace.

Easter will bring many events from Easter Egg Hunts, to family dinners and church services, held on Maundy Thursday (The Last Supper) Good Friday and Easter Day. Perhaps this Holy Week, remember a lot can change in a week; can be a time for us all to reach for the faith? 

As you unwrap that third egg, the one you really shouldn’t have, maybe search John 20 or Matthew 28 on the internet. Take a quick look at the philosophy that changed the world, that gave us the foundation for the safest civilisation ever seen. Wise men came to see the baby Jesus, not fools; wise men and they understood the philosophy of Christ could lift mankind to heights never before imagined.  

Remove doubt, read the gospels, Matthew Mark Luke and John, discover the pathway laid out for us, attend a service, watch The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe with the family, be together with your loved ones, tuck into the Hot Cross Buns and know that death shall have no dominion.  Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed of believing in hope, forgiveness, unity and peace. There is no shame to be found there; there is only Love.  

Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed of believing in hope, forgiveness, unity and peace. There is no shame to be found there; there is only Love.  

Evil was defeated on the cross, close the door to doubt, open your mind to the light that comes from the the Word, for surely, right now, this week, and every week, the world needs the Light.

Happy Easter!

Further reading – 

G K Chesterton, The Everlasting Man

C S Lewis, Preparing for Easter

By  Rachael Tearney

Follow Rachel at @WritesRachael

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