Over the centuries, there have been many events that have had a profound impact on the world. But one stands out from the rest. It occurred around 2000 years ago. It was not a terrorist attack, or a political revolution, or the start of a war, or a technological breakthrough. The event that has changed the world more than anything else was the execution, by the Roman Imperial power, of a troublesome Jewish itinerant teacher and prophet, Jesus Christ.
Crucifixion of troublemakers was commonplace in those days, but this one was different, as one author has recently characterised it, it was ‘The Day the Revolution Began’, the day when the power of the love of God defeated the powers of this world, and a new era began. The cross of Christ may seem a strange way of changing the world, but as we consider the powerful impact it has had on the lives of many millions of people over the centuries, one cannot doubt its effectiveness.
World changing though it was, it is still possible to allow the events of that first Easter to pass us by. We can, if we wish, remain on our own ‘Greek beach’ oblivious to the life changing event that happened all those years ago. But on the cross Jesus reconciled the world to God and made a way of salvation available for us all. It is my prayer that this Easter time, you will come and join us as we recall and celebrate the day that changed the world.
May I wish you a very happy Easter.
Every now and again something happens which has a major impact on the world. On September 11 2011 Pam and I were in Greece. We had been visiting the site of the original Olympic Games, pretending, somewhat unconvincingly, to be Olympic runners, and on the way back to our resort the coach stopped at the Greek equivalent of a service station.
As we sipped our coffees Pam noticed that on the TV were pictures of devastation, but as the commentary was in Greek we had no idea what it was all about. Back at the resort, a panicky looking rep handed us a piece of paper with a phone number on it and said to ring it immediately.
It turned out to be our decorator, painting the lounge whilst we were away, reporting that the hot water tank had sprung a leak and soaked the lounge ceiling. It was he who finally filled us in on the events that have become known as 9/11. The world has never been the same since.
The world was on edge, but in the sleepy Greek seaside resort life continued as normal … sunshine, sand, gentle waves lapping the beach … we read the British newspapers, almost unable to take in what was happening. The papers were full of the crisis but there was no sense of crisis amidst the tranquillity of Tolon. World-changing 9/11 may have been, but it largely passed us by.