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The Easter story is rich in powerful contrasts. The birth of Jesus, a seemingly illegitimate child, born in squalor, lived a life under threat from the very beginning. The prophet, teacher and Son of God was challenged, hunted and crucified. Such a dark and unfavoured beginning and short and harsh life and ministry.
So when Easter day arrives, the tombstone rolls away for a risen Lord. On Easter day the stone rolls away for us all! The victims and downtrodden of this world are no longer trapped. The darkness of the tomb of fear, sin, torture, death, pain and despair is filled with light.
The contrast is truly astounding! The nature of life itself is changed and the rhythms of the universe transformed forever. A new heartbeat of grace flows in and around every aspect of a fallen world. Redemption is all-encompassing and the justice of heaven reigns. Amazing love! Amazing grace! Truth alive and death defeated forever!