From the Principal's Desk
The Easter break is now with us and I would like to take this opportunity to remind us all of why we celebrate this time.
With European settlement, Christianity came to Australia. Whether it was a forced worship or chosen, the festivals that were part of Christianity formed part of the settlers’ way of life.
Over time Easter has developed into a holiday period for most Australians. Although there is still a majority of Australians who claim that they are Christians, and many of them will be celebrating the true meaning of Easter over the next couple of days, there is a growing majority who see Easter as a great holiday break.
So, let us return to the true meaning of Easter. Approximately 2000 years ago the Bible in the book of John tells us that that, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”. (John 1:14). John has already stated that “The Word” is God. So, God came to the world in the form of a human being whom Christians call Jesus Christ. Jesus lived on earth and taught about God. Not all who listened to him liked what they heard or saw, so decided to get rid of Him. Jesus was tried by a Roman court, sentenced to death (even though the judge found Him innocent), and was crucified and buried. This was the beginning of the first Easter. Easter then is a time for Christians to be remembering the death of Jesus, the founder of Christianity.
But, there is something even more important about Easter. On the first Easter Friday Jesus was laid in a tomb. On the Sunday morning, (three days later) some women who were friends of Jesus went to the tomb to prepare His body for a proper burial. When they arrived at the tomb, the ladies found it empty. The real meaning of Easter is not complete without the resurrection of Jesus. Angels at the tomb told the ladies that Jesus was alive. Easter’s message is that Jesus is ALIVE!
A Bible verse that most people know is: “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son (the Word—Jesus), that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Because Jesus lives, you and I can live for eternity. This is what Easter means. It is not about a holiday.
If you are going away for Easter keep safe but remember that Easter is a time for remembering Jesus' death and resurrection.
Have a safe and happy long week-end.
God be with you.
Mountain View had our week of spiritual emphasis on the 12 - 17 April. We had a Jonathan Leonardo from the US speaking to the students about what it means to have your identity in Jesus and how the circumstances you face in life don’t stop you from being loved by God. We finished on Saturday morning combining with Mountain View church.