“Murdered. Buried. Risen. Alive. Why?”

It’s Easter. There are chocolate eggs, daffodils and pictures of bunnies in the shops, but this is a cross, a cruel and dreadful method of execution. Stark and shocking, like gallows. Why is the cross the number one Christian Symbol?
Easter shows just how far God will go for you: God will even die for you. Christians believe Jesus was executed on a cross because he would not compromise his message that the Kingdom of God is close at hand, open and waiting for ordinary women, children and men with no exceptions. Gender, age, race, orientation, income, achievements, history – none matter, because God wants to embrace you, just as you are, right now.
This cross* is empty because three days after his death, Jesus rose from the dead and began to appear to his followers and his friends. He even ate breakfast with them. They spent the rest of their lives telling other people what they had seen and they still speak to us today in the Bible. That’s what the New Testament is.
Look again at the story of Jesus, and explore more about him, his love and acceptance, with us, any Sunday morning in St Ninian’s Church, at 10.30am, on Zoom or in the building.

* If you look carefully you will see the word “INRI” on the cross which meant “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”.