Rejoice the Lord is King!

First published March 2016

The Reverend Ray Gibbs wonders how we have been preparing ourselves for the joy of Easter's blessings

So March begins, and we are half way, or thereabouts, through the season of Lent, half a season to make sense of denial and of getting ready for something momentous. How are you doing?  Jesus denied himself in the wilderness, (just as many of you have denied yourself of something), but it did not stop at denial.  He also honed his skills, strengthened his faith, and made ready to launch himself on the world. How about you?  Sacrifice, in the sense denying oneself, and in the sense of learning about oneself, they are the gifts of the Lenten season, how are you using it?  And Easter, what of Easter?  How are you preparing for it? 

It is the dawn of something new, something special, something changed and changing you. Our hearts should soar with the joy of the resurrection, and our faces radiate the renewed hope within us, and yes, enjoy once again that which we have denied ourselves, and yes, launch ourselves as one of God’s chosen people to love his world. 

A verse from a poem by Stewart Henderson, and verse from Charles Wesley say all that I could say: Happy Easter!  Alleluia!  Amen!

‘There was no cross cross enough to nil me, to still me.
I hung as gold that bled, and bloomed, a rose that rose,
and prised the tomb away from Satan’s wilful doom.
There was no cross, death, grave or room to hold me.’

'Rejoice, the Lord is King!
Your Lord and King adore;
Rejoice, give thanks, and sing,
And triumph evermore;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice.'


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