Easter message from our Chaplain, Jez Du Puy

26th March 2018

When thinking what to write in order to inspire you to embrace the celebration of Easter, not just on April 1st 2018 but every day of your life, my mind was drawn towards a quote from the much loved preacher Billy Graham who passed away just a few weeks ago.

He said, “The resurrection of Christ changed the midnight of bereavement into a sunrise of reunion; it changed the midnight of disappointment into a sunrise of joy; it changed the midnight of fear to a sunrise of peace.”

Can you remember the story of David and Goliath? Goliath was a Philistine warrior destined for victory over the Israelite army.

Goliath said, “Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” – 1 Samuel 17:8-9

The Israelites were petrified of Goliath and too scared to enter into battle. Then steps up David, a shepherd boy, who was willing to trust that God has his back, David believed that if he trusted God he would have the victory. We know how the story ends, with one pebble David knocks down Goliath giving the Israelite army the victory. Overnight, the Israelite army were transformed from being an army of losers into an army of winners.

The Easter story holds that same message, as Billy Graham points out, Jesus’ resurrection meant that overnight His followers were transformed from being a bunch of bereaved, disappointed, full of fear losers, into an army of winners full of joy and peace.

This is the message for you this Easter, without the resurrection of Jesus there is no hope for us. We need to place our trust in God, as David did. If you embrace Jesus’ sacrificial love displayed in his life, death and resurrection, I promise that you will receive joy, peace and new life.

At YMCA Bournemouth we are passionate about seeing lives transformed. To find out more about our work please explore this website or you can contact me directly at jez.dupuy@ymcabournemouth.org.uk

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