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Lunch ClubMonday 6 February 2017

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Rev Jim TeasdaleApril 2017

Dear Friends,


I do not know if it is just me but time seems to be moving quickly!   Where on earth did the beginning of the year go?   Of course, in the Church Calendar we are a few weeks into Lent but if time keeps moving as quickly as this Lent will soon be over and we will arrive at Easter, the main festival of our Christian faith.


Easter brings with it so many images for us as Christians but when I think about Good Friday and Easter Sunday, there are two names, which spring to my mind – those of Judas and Peter. Both were followers and close friends of Jesus and yet we see them both turn their backs on him in crisis.


Judas betrayed Jesus to the authorities, and helped in his arrest, which led to an illegal trial. Peter was identified by the crowd as a follower of Jesus, in fact a disciple, but denied he had ever even known Jesus.   “Not me,” he said, “I don’t know him!”   In the space of a few hours both Judas and Peter realised how wrong they had been, what a mess they had made of things.


At this point, Judas and Peter look pretty much alike. But then their actions make all the difference.   In his turmoil and angst at what he had done Judas plunges into terrible depression.   Peter on the other hand, who must also have been pretty low, hung on in there. He faced his fears and tried to pick up the pieces.


In due course, Peter met the risen Jesus and was forgiven.   He was then brought back to the fold and given a job to do.   If only Judas had held on, found courage and strength to sweat it out. I think he would have been forgiven too.   In my mind’s eye, I see Jesus embracing Judas in love, because, of course, Christ’s forgiveness knows no limits.


Two men, both made similar mistakes.   We are shown there are two ways to deal with things when we get it wrong.   One way is to let our mistakes beat us and the other shows us there is light at the end of the tunnel.   The good news of Easter is that there is always hope and there is always the chance to start again.   Failure is never the last word.   May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and hopeful Easter.


Your friend and minister,

 

Jim

 

 

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