At Cadoxton, we celebrate Easter as that special time when everything about the Lord Jesus reaches its climax. Everything that God had planned since the beginning of time, all of the prophecies contained in the Bible, everything that Jesus said about himself all point towards this most dramatic week in history.
Never has one week had such an impact on human history as the one we as Christians call Holy Week. At the beginning of the week, Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a simple donkey, acclaimed by vast crowds probably numbering in the thousands as a king and a saviour. Less than seven days later, Jesus is 'set up' by the religeous rulers, given a sham trial and sentenced to death but not through an ordinary execution but by crucifixion, a most cruel and barbaric way to die. Before being sent out to be nailed to a cross, Jesus is whipped, beaten up and mocked. He is then nailed to the cross and left to die. Jesus dies, his body is taken down from the cross, and placed in a tomb. Meanwhile, the whole world waits....
'Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed.' John 20 verses 1 to 8
Jesus Christ is alive! Death could not defeat him because Jesus is God's rescue plan for us all. Anyone who accepts the Lord Jesus as their Lord and Saviour will be with Jesus at the end of their earthly life. Jesus promises it.
Why not celebrate with us at one of our services this Eastertime. We would love to see you as we join together...
Maundy Thursday Evening April 17th at 7.30pm - Join with us as we remember the last meal that Jesus shared with his disciples. The service will be a quiet, more contemplative one and conclude with communion
Good Friday Morning April 18th from 10.30am to 12.00noon - The chapel will be open for anyone to drop in and sit quietly and pray over and about the events of that first Good Friday, remembering Jesus' suffering and anticipating what was to follow.
Easter Sunday April 20th at 9.45am - We celebrate that glorious Easter Day when Jesus rose from the dead so that we in turn can have new life in and through Him! We will sing the great Easter hymns and songs and once again share communion as we declare our love for our Saviour.