FAITH MATTERS: God's great surprise

Opinion Apr 06, 2016 by Rev. George Robertson, Knox Presbyterian Church, Waterdown Flamborough Review

My Easter weekend provided some special times with my four grandchildren. They are still young enough to like playing the game of waking up Grandpa with a loud “BOO!” With my eyes shut tight, I feign sleeping on the floor (throwing in some snoring) and they – with great enthusiasm – jump on me with loud shouts of “BOO! Wake up, Grandpa!”

Our game served as a wonderful reminder to me of the great sense surprise in the biblical accounts of the resurrection of Jesus on that first Easter Sunday. The first Easter caught the followers of Jesus completely by surprise. It was unexpected. It wasn’t on their faith or life radar.

When the women went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus with spices, they didn’t think they were going to find anything other than a broken, mangled and bloodied corpse. Instead, what they heard was the unexpected “BOO!” of God. “Surprise, He is not here. He is risen!”

Then it was the men’s turn. Doubting the word of the women, they went into the tomb looking for the dead body of Jesus. And they saw the unexpected “BOO!” of God in the strips of linen that had been wrapped around the body of Jesus.

One of the women standing outside of the tomb heard what she thought was the voice of a gardener. Turning around, she saw the unexpected “BOO!” of God in the person of her beloved Master and Lord.

After the death of Jesus, his followers found themselves in a state of emotional slumber, overwhelmed by disappointment and despair. Jesus’ resurrection woke them up and gave them a new beginning.

They shared the story, and 2,000 years later, it story continues to be told. God continues to wake up people with his resurrection surprise of grace favouring us, hope redirecting us, love embracing us and life without end.

When my grandchildren wake me up with their surprise, we all end up rolling around on the carpet giggling, laughing and filled with joy.

When we wake up to God’s unexpected surprise in the resurrection of Jesus, we start to experience the life we were created to live today and forever.

Easter is God’s invitation to us to wake up and live.

FAITH MATTERS: God's great surprise

Opinion Apr 06, 2016 by Rev. George Robertson, Knox Presbyterian Church, Waterdown Flamborough Review

My Easter weekend provided some special times with my four grandchildren. They are still young enough to like playing the game of waking up Grandpa with a loud “BOO!” With my eyes shut tight, I feign sleeping on the floor (throwing in some snoring) and they – with great enthusiasm – jump on me with loud shouts of “BOO! Wake up, Grandpa!”

Our game served as a wonderful reminder to me of the great sense surprise in the biblical accounts of the resurrection of Jesus on that first Easter Sunday. The first Easter caught the followers of Jesus completely by surprise. It was unexpected. It wasn’t on their faith or life radar.

When the women went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus with spices, they didn’t think they were going to find anything other than a broken, mangled and bloodied corpse. Instead, what they heard was the unexpected “BOO!” of God. “Surprise, He is not here. He is risen!”

Then it was the men’s turn. Doubting the word of the women, they went into the tomb looking for the dead body of Jesus. And they saw the unexpected “BOO!” of God in the strips of linen that had been wrapped around the body of Jesus.

One of the women standing outside of the tomb heard what she thought was the voice of a gardener. Turning around, she saw the unexpected “BOO!” of God in the person of her beloved Master and Lord.

After the death of Jesus, his followers found themselves in a state of emotional slumber, overwhelmed by disappointment and despair. Jesus’ resurrection woke them up and gave them a new beginning.

They shared the story, and 2,000 years later, it story continues to be told. God continues to wake up people with his resurrection surprise of grace favouring us, hope redirecting us, love embracing us and life without end.

When my grandchildren wake me up with their surprise, we all end up rolling around on the carpet giggling, laughing and filled with joy.

When we wake up to God’s unexpected surprise in the resurrection of Jesus, we start to experience the life we were created to live today and forever.

Easter is God’s invitation to us to wake up and live.

FAITH MATTERS: God's great surprise

Opinion Apr 06, 2016 by Rev. George Robertson, Knox Presbyterian Church, Waterdown Flamborough Review

My Easter weekend provided some special times with my four grandchildren. They are still young enough to like playing the game of waking up Grandpa with a loud “BOO!” With my eyes shut tight, I feign sleeping on the floor (throwing in some snoring) and they – with great enthusiasm – jump on me with loud shouts of “BOO! Wake up, Grandpa!”

Our game served as a wonderful reminder to me of the great sense surprise in the biblical accounts of the resurrection of Jesus on that first Easter Sunday. The first Easter caught the followers of Jesus completely by surprise. It was unexpected. It wasn’t on their faith or life radar.

When the women went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus with spices, they didn’t think they were going to find anything other than a broken, mangled and bloodied corpse. Instead, what they heard was the unexpected “BOO!” of God. “Surprise, He is not here. He is risen!”

Then it was the men’s turn. Doubting the word of the women, they went into the tomb looking for the dead body of Jesus. And they saw the unexpected “BOO!” of God in the strips of linen that had been wrapped around the body of Jesus.

One of the women standing outside of the tomb heard what she thought was the voice of a gardener. Turning around, she saw the unexpected “BOO!” of God in the person of her beloved Master and Lord.

After the death of Jesus, his followers found themselves in a state of emotional slumber, overwhelmed by disappointment and despair. Jesus’ resurrection woke them up and gave them a new beginning.

They shared the story, and 2,000 years later, it story continues to be told. God continues to wake up people with his resurrection surprise of grace favouring us, hope redirecting us, love embracing us and life without end.

When my grandchildren wake me up with their surprise, we all end up rolling around on the carpet giggling, laughing and filled with joy.

When we wake up to God’s unexpected surprise in the resurrection of Jesus, we start to experience the life we were created to live today and forever.

Easter is God’s invitation to us to wake up and live.