Easter message

There has been a remarkable public reaction to the ball tampering affair by some of Australia’s test cricket team. A few weeks ago they were signing caps for young fans and now they are being shamed for their choices. Crowds are fickle and celebrity status can quickly turn sour depending on public opinion.  The crowds who chanted “Hosanna” to Jesus were soon chanting, “Crucify him.” I am amazed that people cry out about cheating in a cricket game, yet they are accepting of elected leaders who engage in immoral behaviour and silent about the treatment of refugee and asylum seekers.
During this week I listened to an interview with Dr Nick Martin who has written an essay about his work as the senior medical officer providing health services to people in the detention centre on Nauru. The policies of our government and the bureaucratic delays have resulted in unnecessary deaths, severe mental health disorders and profound despair. Public opinion considers that some sins weigh more heavily on the scales than other sins.
The apostle Paul reminds us that “sin abounds” and that we have all fallen short. The crucifixion of Jesus demonstrates that God extends mercy to all humans even if we do not deserve it. Jesus came into the world, not to condemn, but to save. Whoever we are and whatever we have done we can be forgiven. The hope of the resurrection is more than comfort beyond the grave. Embracing Jesus means connecting with the power to rise to new life, to be forgiven and transformed by God’s grace.
So take heart, rising with Jesus means we have the gift of new life, a new beginning and a second chance.

Happy Easter!