Easter Letter 2019
There is a green hill far away,
Without a city wall,
Where the dear Lord was crucified,
Who died to save us all.
(Cecil Frances Alexander 1818-95)
Easter greetings friends,
You may be viewing Cecil Alexander’s opening verse for the first time, it may be you immediately recognise this famous old hymn and are already singing the second verse. Hopefully it will mean something to you. It might invoke a memory from school, church or chapel.
The words from a song can mean so much to us and flood back so many memories. Just ask Dalton Harris the latest winner of The X Factor, if you can get near him that is! When listening to Dalton sing ‘The Power of Love’ I’m glad he won. We wait to see what fame will do to Dalton. He will be remembered for a season I’m sure of that, but, Cecil’s song will be back next year for its message is eternal.
In verse three Cecil writes:
He died that we might be forgiven,
He died to make us good,
That we at last might go to heaven,
Saved by His precious blood.
Can you remember singing this verse? It’s good both to know and indeed show forgiveness. In reality many of us choose to carry the heavy bag of resentment and hatred for years. Momentarily we may forget it’s there, then something or someone reminds us just how heavy it’s become and how long we’ve been affected.
Importantly, Cecil goes on to remind us that Jesus through His death and resurrection has opened the gate of heaven that we might go in, and that we have been forgiven and that we can trust in God’s redeeming love. Good Friday is messy, Good Friday is cruel, Good Friday is difficult to bear, but, Easter Sunday comes bursting forth and the ‘Power of love’ the ‘force from above’ swallows up death in victory, the victory of resurrection, both for you and for me.
As we move through this period of lent towards Easter, I pray that all may we know the experience of God’s saving grace. Love in Christ as always.