I imagine all of you are looking forward to spending a little extra time with family during the upcoming Easter break (notice we refer to this week as Easter, not spring break).
As with any holiday, we as parents can be easily consumed with trying to create special memories with our children during this time. As we approach one of the most recognized and meaningful days on the calendar, I pray that all of us will rightfully share the historical depth and significance of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
It is incomprehensible to imagine the level of suffering and separation that Christ must have felt during his final days and hours. He, who was without sin, knew that he would take on the sins of mankind so that we might attain the forgiveness and righteousness of God. A beautiful and resonating hymn that is often sung in churches on Easter Sunday goes like this…“Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? Were you there when they pierced Him in the side? Were you there when the sun refused to shine? Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?” These reflections should encourage us to contemplate this very sorrowful, yet necessary, event in history so that we can be reminded of the price that was paid for our sins.
Thankfully, this story does not end on a cruel cross. The certainty of death can be a frightening reality to an unbelieving person, but for the believer, death is not the end. Instead, it can be embraced as a glorious entrance to our eternal home. Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ, there would be nothing special about historical Christianity, no means of salvation, and no hope for humanity.
Paul, the apostles, and all the early Christian theologians proclaimed Christ’s death and resurrection as the chief purpose of His life. The significance of the resurrection has not changed in the past 2,000 years. It is our hope that you too will share the implications and rewards of Christ’s death and resurrection during this next week. May God give all of us both understanding and wisdom as we seek to shape the minds and hearts of our children “to know and live the truth.”
Dr. Rob Brown
Head of School