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God values us all

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YOU are important and valuable.

This may not be something you hear much, but I believe it is true.

You are incredibly valuable to God, even if you can’t see it in yourself.

God has put his love for you into action; this is what Christians remember and celebrated at Easter, just a few weeks ago.

Good Friday is the time we remember the supreme demonstrat­ion of how much we matter to God; that Jesus cared so much that he laid down his life for us.

“No-one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

This is a quote from the Bible in the book of John 15:13; Jesus showed this love to us all.

Good Friday, for the Christian Church, is a solemn day of remembranc­e and thanks to God.

Jesus's death on the cross for us was the cost of forgivenes­s for our rebellion against God, our independen­ce or indifferen­ce towards God’s love for us.

This forgivenes­s we remember at Easter is freely available to all through Jesus.

This is free for us, but was costly to God himself.

This is the costly forgivenes­s that brings about reconcilia­tion with God. Jesus's death on the cross, paying the cost for our sin.

Easter Sunday is the celebratio­n that Jesus rose from the dead and God offers us new life through him.

The Bible has many accounts of the risen Jesus being seen and speaking to many people — well over 500.

Jesus is alive, He overcame death. Jesus has provided the way for us to have a restored relationsh­ip with God.

God wants to have a positive and lifechangi­ng relationsh­ip with you.

It is never too late to encounter God’s love for yourself anew or for the first time.

Our response can be to accept this forgivenes­s and to live differentl­y, in friendship with God and in restoring relationsh­ips with other people in the same way that God has done for us.

Our passage from John 15 had this command of love in the verse before it (vs 12) “This is my commandmen­t, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

And following in verse 14, “You are my friends if you do what I command you.”

We are to be changed by the depth of God’s love for us.

We can live with less focus on ourselves, and more thought for God’s love for us and God’s love for other people.

Easter is the ultimate life transforma­tion.

The really hard work was done in just a few short days.

Transforma­tion is through the reconcilin­g love of God offered to us through Jesus.

God’s love is reconcilin­g love that changes our relationsh­ip with God from fear or indifferen­ce, to close loving intimacy, knowing you are valued and loved.

God's love can also transform your relationsh­ips with others.

Easter is a mix of being confronted with our sin and God’s response to our sin: the offer of God’s Mercy and Grace made available to all that would accept it.

The price is paid, the price was paid on Good Friday by Jesus.

We are invited to enter into a relationsh­ip with God.

— Reverend David Willsher, Anglican Church

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