Sorrow and Joy

Posted by Rachel Brittain on Wed, 27 Mar 2013 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

Easter time has a continuous tension running through it of both sorrow and joy. After the long weeks of preparation through the Lenten period, there is an extreme sense of overwhelming sorrow at how things have unfolded. Good Friday is definitely a low moment with the injustice of it all, but there is real joy expressed on Sunday morning when what Jesus promised would happen – actually happens!

“Mary,” Jesus said, “Why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” (John 20:15)

To see Mary’s sorrow turn to joy as she goes to the Disciples and tells them: “I have seen the Lord!” (John 20: 18) is a real turning point in the story and leads on to the establishing of God’s church throughout the world.

And that is where we find ourselves today. We are still part of that unfolding story of God’s love for this world. If he were to be alive today he would still go down the same road of dying on a cross for us and his resurrection would still be for our salvation.

And that is exactly what drives CMS Ireland to continue with the work we have been called to. The story of the first Easter is still our story today. CMS in Ireland will become 200 years old in 2014 and the very thing that drove CMS to begin a new work in Ireland 200 year ago is still what drives us today – to see God’s Kingdom come on Earth.

Our story starts when we can cry with Mary “I have seen the Lord” and as his spirit leads, so we go. John 20: 21 says it this way: “Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

So, this Easter as we stand alongside all our Brothers and Sisters across our Global Partners and with the Churches here in Ireland we want to see our sorrow turned to joy. In the situation of war and political disturbance in some countries – and with many people here in Ireland too – it can, at times, be hard to see and experience this joy – but even in these times of hardship hope still burns with the sure knowledge that God is with us and his promises – no matter how difficult it seems – will be fulfilled.

We, the staff of CMS Ireland, all wish you a real sense of joy during this Easter time and we look forward, with joy, to what God has in store for us during this next phase of ministry within CMS Ireland.

May God bless you as you celebrate this Easter.

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