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From Cedric

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Happy Easter? or an April Fool?

 Hi Folks, I'm the Reverend Cedric Parsons, (retired)

Happy Easter! Or April fool! Which is it?

Easter day this year fallen on the April 1st. April fools day! And this set me thinking. Easter day, a day when many will be hunting for chocolate eggs, or chocolate bunnies or Chocolate chicks, even chocolate carrots and dogs and deer's!Many advertise a particular brand, or merchandise, even Paw Patrol! (My Grandchildren absolutely love.) All about making money! But I have not yet found a chocolate cross or a chocolate Jesus! and I have searched. Now don't get me wrong I'm all for folk having fun especially children. But what is it all about? Celebrating new birth, spring? Easter is about an amazing event and a wonderful event, The Resurrection of Jesus. He is Risen, he is risen indeed Alleluia!

Proverbs often point out the wise and the foolish. Such as, the wise help others with good advice, enjoy wisdom, cautious with reason, seek knowledge, value wisdom above riches, receive life, stay on straight paths. On the other hand the foolish lack judgement, are gullible, avoid the wise, pursue illusive dreams, blame failure on God, make truth useless, trust in themselves, go the wrong way.

Jesus spoke about a wise man building on the rock, the foolish man building on the sand, Jesus said to "seek knock and you will find and the door will be open to you." "But everyone who hears these words and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand"

Easter is all about a God who loved us so much he sent his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but receive eternal life, Jesus died for our sins, and rose again on the third day defeating death and so we might again have access to our loving God.

The Easter story of Jesus' death for sins sounds foolish to those who do not believe, death for many is the end of the road, but Jesus did not stay dead!

"for the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. But to us who are being saved it is the power of God" (1Cor 1: 18) Easter is about God offering us eternal life, which the world can never give, (no matter how many chocolate eggs you find!) we can spend a life time seeking and accumulating human wisdom, and never have a personal relationship with God, with Jesus, and we must look, seek, and find and come to the crucified Christ (Messiah) to receive that eternal life those with faith, which the Easter Story is all about. Maybe today, Easter day (April Fools Day) is the day to look to having a personal relationship with Jesus. This looks like foolishness to the world, but Christ is our power. And the only way to be saved is knowing Jesus Christ personally, and knowing Jesus personally is the greatest wisdom anyone could have.

So, Happy Easter? Or April fool? Which one are you?

He is Risen, he is risen indeed Alleluia!

Cedric

The True Vine
Guided By Jesus

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