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Jesus is my all

Brothers to be baptised...

Saturday 4th April 2015

The Archbishop writes an Easter message for the York Press. His article follows in full...

Our great country will resound to the collective rustle of staggering amounts of chocolate Easter eggs being unwrapped tomorrow.  

Analysts believe about 80 million Easter eggs will be sold and consumed in the UK this year. Spare a thought for the workers at the Nestlé chocolate factory here in York whose job it is to keep up with the huge demand!  It’s wonderful that they were the first confectioner in Britain to make their Easter egg packaging 100 per cent recyclable. Great work!

Eating chocolate is, of course, for some, one of life’s great pleasures.  But just as the KitKat advert encouraged us to ‘have a break’, it’s my prayer that people will ‘take a moment’ to ponder the real message of Easter and why we first started eating Easter eggs at this time of year. Preferably before they’ve all been scoffed! Eggs are powerful reminders of the promise of new life through the glorious death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He bore our sins on the cross in the most cruel, painful way so that we might receive new life and live in a relationship with Him and receive His abundant love, mercy and peace.

Jesus continues to transform the lives of people every day all over the world – from Selby to Soweto.

But don’t just take my word for it – come and see for yourself! At 2pm today outside York Minster I will once again have the privilege of baptising a group of people from churches across York. They will testify to being transformed by Jesus Christ and declare their new-found faith in Him. Among those joining me in the big open-air pool will be two brothers, Christian and Christopher Pillai. Apparently they do everything together – even baptisms!

The lads, who worship at York’s thriving Elim Pentecostal Church, can’t wait to dive in. They want the whole world to know about this Jesus who has turned their lives upside down. Christian’s story is a familiar one. He felt his life had become directionless, chaotic and lost. “I didn’t know where I was going,” he told me. “I seemed to jump from one disaster to another. I was angry with people. Now Jesus has come into my life and changed everything. I know where I’m going. I feel calm and at peace. I’m not angry any more. Getting baptised is my public declaration of what God has done in my life. I just hope the weather is warm!”

Christopher shared that Jesus has become his rock. “I feel born again!” he said. The Pillai brothers were lost but now they have been found. Just as Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday so he calls each one of us to new life in him.

That’s the hope-filled, world-changing message of Easter.

So before biting into your delicious Easter egg tomorrow, perhaps think about what Christ has done in the lives of people like Christian and Christopher and what he could do in your life too.

For me, Jesus is my all.

Happy Easter! 

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