Collect

Easter Sunday – Sunday 21st April

Lord of all life and power,
who through the mighty resurrection of your Son
overcame the old order of sin and death
to make all things new in him:
grant that we, being dead to sin
and alive to you in Jesus Christ,
may reign with him in glory;
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be praise and honour, glory and might,
now and in all eternity.

Readings

Isaiah 65: 17-end; Acts 10: 34-43; Luke 24: 1-12

Explanation

On that first Easter Sunday, Jesus completed what the Law and the Prophets could not do. Sin and death no longer have the final say – with Jesus everything can be restored and renewed for ever.

Jesus’ resurrection demands a response, and the “Easter Bunny” just won’t do. Note that the petition in the collect is not: “Allow us to have a beautiful day full of joy and happiness,” but rather that we might live as those dead to sin and alive to God.

Being dead to sin is not a passive thing – it is something we need to pray for ourselves every day as it is all too easy to rationalise and relativize sin. Before too long we compromise on other things as well. We don’t need to pray daily, or read scripture daily, and when there are more entertaining things to do on Sunday, well, we certainly don’t need to go to church. All of this rationalization and compromise leads to a void in our lives, that makes us less than fully alive to Jesus.

Ponder today of all days the miracle that Jesus didn’t die and rise again for some unnamed, unknown person out there somewhere, but that he died and rose again for YOU.