Because of Easter, Christians have this audacious hope that eternal life is God’s great gift to all who will believe in Jesus. We believe that death is not the end of the story. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.”
On that resurrection Sunday Peter’s life was changed for ever. Jesus has defeated death and gives eternal life to all who believe in him and nothing would shake this complete confidence. Peter later wrote, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you …”
The resurrection is not just a Bible story from long ago. It is a present reality and the Gospel of peace has been an intrinsic part of Aotearoa since the message was first preached here 200 years ago, on Christmas Day, 1814. Jesus is alive and he answers prayer. Where we came from – and the problems, mistakes and failures of our past – are not as important as where we are headed and who we are walking with. Jesus changes lives and brings healing and new life to those who will ask him
This Easter, we Christian leaders of Auckland invite you to attend a church and experience Jesus who will walk with each person into a future of hope and promise. Jesus is alive.