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Rev Keith Beckingham


April 2018

From Rev.. Keith...

Dear Friends,

I was reflecting on the fact that this year Easter

Day falls on a strange date - April 1st. It is possible true that many people in the UK would dismiss Christians as fools for staking our lives on the truth of the Resurrection. Even many committed Christians find it hard to accept the bodily resurrection of Jesus as described in the New Testament and many creative explanations have been suggested. Many of these involve the idea that Christ only seems to have died or only seemed to have risen form the grave. This was a very early heresy and was called docetism, from the Greek word (dokeo) meaning “to seem".

St Paul was aware of this false teaching. He also was used to being regarded as foolish.

He writes, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. "(I Cor.1:18). A few verses later he writes, “God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.” (vs.20). In chapter 4 he writes “IVe are fools for Christ' (vs 10).

In the UK children undergo compulsory education from the age of 5 and are encouraged to strive to achieve good marks so as to be applauded for cleverness. We might forget that wisdom begins when we realise the limitations of human cleverness. Cleverness can bring about the Industrial Revolution yet may also fail to protect the environment. Cleverness may harness nuclear power. It may also build nuclear missiles. Cleverness may build hospitals. It has also built concentration camps and gas chambers. Cleverness creates information technology, yet communication requires emotional intelligence. Cleverness requires an ethical basis. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” Prov. 9:10).

As we celebrate Easter, let us be foolish enough to join Christ in the Way of the Cross, so that may share the glory of His resurrection.

God bless you, Keith.


A  LENTEN  MEDITATION

Lord there are times in our thinking when we are lost in the enormity of it all.

Events, like a rushing tide, begin with that ride into Jerusalem. Like your disciples we fail to hear your words, understand your actions.  Yes, we even deny all knowledge ...The Last Supper; the agony in the garden  at the mercy of your tormentors.

Alone. So alone. So alone we cannot comprehend it.    And then....the bloody brutality of a trumped-up trial;

the brutal reality of a Roman crucifixion; the humiliation of your suffering and death;the display of limitless love.     

 We are lost in the enormity of it all.           Comes Easter Day, the empty tomb; bewildered and disbelieving disciples.

We are lost in the enormity of it all.      The enormity of it all Lord is that  it was all for us; and we are lost in the enormity of it all.

Lord, open our eyes, our minds, our hearts, to the truth that  out of your unconditional love....You did this for us.

May we, in faith, embrace the enormity of it all     Amen.




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