For broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 13 Apr 2014.
Easter is almost upon us once again – a time for rest and reflection, the most significant celebration in the Christian calendar, a reminder of the depth of God’s love and the extent to which God was willing to go to demonstrate his love for us through the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God.
The popular reception of the film Noah, and the TV series Resurrection, show that classic biblical themes are very much alive in the hearts and minds of ordinary Australians. The message of Easter is one of overcoming evil, finding hope in the midst of crisis, and a new day to experience and enjoy.
There is so much in our world that threatens to rob us of this new day – corruption in politics and business, sexual abuse, violence and addiction, lack of fairness – but with a sense of God’s hope we can look forward with confidence.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.