In the midst of all of life’s uncertainties do you find yourself asking ‘to whom should I listen?’ or ‘who should I believe, who should I trust?’

When we are in uncharted waters we long to find something that makes sense, something stable to hold on to.

As I reflect on the Easter story again I have been struck by the response of the angel to the women that first Easter morning.  They have come to anoint Jesus’ body, but he is not there.

In each of Matthew, Mark and Luke’s account the women are reminded that Jesus told them this would happen.

‘Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee.
You will see him there, just as he told you before he died!’
Mark 16:7 (NLT)

‘He isn’t here!  He has risen from the dead!
Don’t you remember what he told you back in Galilee…?’
Luke 24:6 (NLT)

As Jesus’ followers mourned his death, as they grappled with the horror and injustice of what had happened to him, as they grieved for the hope they thought had been lost and the dreams which had been shattered – they forgot the things Jesus had told them.

Their despair, confusion and uncertainty blinded them to all that Jesus had taught them and revealed to them during his three years of ministry.

We are often like the early followers of Jesus – when we are grief-stricken, anxious or confused, we can easily forget all that Jesus has said.

We can lose sight of the significance of his death and resurrection.  We can forget we have been rescued from sin and reconciled to the living God.

We may forget we are loved beyond measure.

Maybe this Easter is a good time to turn back to our Bibles to remind ourselves of all that Jesus said.

May you hear afresh ‘Peace be with you’ John 20:19 (NLT).

Wishing you a very happy Easter.

Elaine Duncan
Chief Executive