God's Happy Endings
Easter has to do with the victory of seemingly powerless love over loveless power.
“And they all lived happily ever after.” Do you remember this line? Having grown up on fairy tales, many are tempted to believe that there is such a thing as happy ever after. A young man graduating from law school, a young bride on her wedding day, two young parents on the day their first child is born, these are only few of the joyous moments in life that tempt us into believing that happy ever after is really possible.
One does not have to be a literary or film critic to understand that the way a story ends is crucial to our experience of it. The young lawyer whose promising career ends with a prison sentence for fraud, the young bride weeping in divorce court, the parents whose little angel turns out wrong, these are the sort of endings that have the capacity to drive us mad with regret. Endings are crucial because they have to do with coherence and closure.
It is in part this desire for a happy ending that makes the Easter story so attractive. The resurrection of Jesus fills us with joy because it assures us that death and the powers of evil do not have the last word. It is God’s happy ending in this Good Friday world with its horrific goings on. “He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him” (Mark16:6). What a marvelous ending to a potentially dreadful story?
Easter does not promise us happy ever after. We live in a world where violence, greed, suffering and death reign with stubborn sovereignty. God, through the resurrection of Jesus, has not put an end to all oppression, but has given us the hope that the forces of evil will not have the last word. The popular Easter hymn expresses this hope nicely:
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And Life is worth the living just because He lives.
Our Church extends an invitation to all who seek the faith of Jesus Christ; to all who enjoy the fellowship of the Church; to all who desire the friendship of the family of God, with love and justice. A special welcome if you are worshipping with us for the first time or if you are returning after a long absence. We give thanks for your presence and pray that your time with us has been a blessing.