Love is…1 John 4:9-10
how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world
that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that
he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
The story is told of a scorpion caught up on a branch in a flooded river, the currents carrying the creature into danger. A kindly man on the riverbank reaches out to rescue the beast – and is stung. Repeatedly the drama occurs of reaching and stinging, until the man’s face is distorted with pain. “You silly fool” an onlooker cries “leave it to die”.
it is this creature’s nature to sting, why should I give up my nature to save?”
the man replies. That’s Love
For Christians Easter celebrates the nature of God, which is love in action. On the first Easter love wins, triumphing over the deadly poison of sin, death & despair. Power is inverted, the cross is transformed from symbol of tortuous oppression to one of triumphant hope. Death is no-longer the final word. Life, a new nature & new future, is graciously available in Christ as the sting of sin & death is drawn. His rising from the dead a foreshadowing of the renewal of all creation.
Love is…the Easter story.
A story carried down the generations, to you and me. A story that has a sting in the tail (tale) for it requires you to accept the outstretched hand of the rescuer, and only you can choose to entrust yourself to those nail-scarred hands. If you do then join with me in the ancient acclamation.
‘Christ has died, Christ is Risen, Christ will come again! Hallelujah’