“He has risen – just as he said”
The posters that have been advertising the services for Holy Week have declared ‘Seven days that changed the World.’ And here, on the seventh day we have seven words that changed everything, forever. Seven words that provide so much hope and joy for now but also for life beyond ‘now’.
Dr Simon Gathercole of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge writing in the Guardian paper in 2017 declared that there was overwhelming documentary evidence to support the fact that Jesus Christ lived and died. The really interesting question we all need to answer in our lifetime is whether Jesus Christ died and lived.
The answer for that lies in these seven words, for these words, together with the contemporary testimony of eye witnesses, the experiences of countless millions across the millennia and the billions alive today who still encounter the risen Jesus today declare that he is risen and all of the above compelled me to faith in 1982.
Three key reasons as why I have experienced this to be the truth
Why should we settle for the empty promises of the world when we have on offer all of the power and the promise that is available in the risen Jesus? “He is risen – just as he said.”
Happy Easter to you all.
Rev Dave Clark
Vicar of the Benefice of Upper Wensleydale