RELIGION: Easter message from the Church of Scotland

By the Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

It’s been quoted frequently through the years and not least the crux of it which is his brilliant line, ‘It’s Friday – but Sunday is coming’

And in this simple statement, Lockridge is arguing that all that happened on the Friday of Holy Week was trumped by what happened on Easter Sunday.

That on Easter Sunday, despair gave way to renewed hope, that darkness gave way to light and that death gave way to life.

Right there, you have the heart of the Christian Gospel.

Jesus who was crucified was raised to life on the third day.

But it’s much more than what happened long ago.

The truth that Sunday is coming is what sustains us through the toughest of times, even now.

This last year has, at times, been interminable.

No one has been unaffected and the losses that many have suffered – some of them impossible to account for by cold statistics – will affect us for some considerable time to come.

It’s been a Friday of a year.

But Sunday is coming.

And while that can be thought of in terms of the roll-out of the vaccine and the return to something like normality, the message of Easter is deeper still.

That in all things, God is with us and nothing, not even death, can separate us from God’s love.

Dumbarton from the air – No one has been unaffected and the losses that many have suffered  during the Covid pandemic.

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