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The greatest story ever told – With Esther Cole

One rather unsettling and undeniable fact about life is that at some point each of us will die. I’m sorry, that’s not a very cheery way to start a blog post is it? 

But what if I told you that eternal life actually exists? And no I don’t mean you have channel you inner Indiana Jones and go on some epic expedition in search of the fountain of youth or the holy grail, but you simply just have to believe in Jesus Christ. Romans 10:9 says – “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” 

 1 Corinthians 15:55 is one of my favourite bible verses – “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 

The death and resurrection of Jesus is in my opinion the greatest story ever told. If you don’t know it or if you’d like to be reminded you can read about it in the gospels in the Bible, I love reading John chapters 19 and 20. 

It’s a messy tale, it hurts, it’s brutal, there’s betrayal and loss, we see the hero suffer a painful and terrible end but just when it looks like there’s no hope left we see the biggest plot twist of them all, Jesus comes back from the dead! In a beautiful garden we discover an empty tomb, we find out that death isn’t actually the end at all but really the beginning of biggest and most incredible adventure. The outstanding thing is that each of us gets to be part of this story if we want to, in fact the author would love nothing more than to see you in it. 

We all know life isn’t easy, much like the Easter account we face things that are unspeakably painful, unjust and heavy. Growing up I faced crippling anxiety, I was afraid of so. very. many. things to the point where it had a detriemtnal affect on my health and wellbeing; in my early twenties people who I trusted with all my heart turned out to not be who they said they were, betrayal cuts deep, dreams I had ended abruptly, I had to face things I didn’t want to. 

We all have stories like this, we don’t get through life unscathed and without some bruises but I can promise you one thing and that’s that Jesus is always with us. He is hope and love itself. Jesus and what He went through means so much to me, very simply it’s what I believe and base my whole life on. I honestly don’t know where I’d be without Him, He’s everything to me. 

He isn’t a God that’s distant or far away, He came in human form, He knows what suffering feels like. How amazing it is to be loved by a God who enters into our brokenness and says ‘I know what this is like, I’m here with you, hold on, hope is coming, there’s abundant and unspeakable joy ahead.’ 

In John 16:33 Jesus says this – ‘In this life you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world.’ It would have been great if Jesus said once you believe in me life will be completely perfect and peachy but unfortunately for now we know we’ll face challenges; but don’t you think choice a beautiful thing? Choosing to trust and love Him through the storms and the trouble is a gift that we only get to cultivate while we’re living on this earth. Choosing to trust Jesus when things around us feel shaky and unsteady deepens our relationship with Him that will last throughout eternity. I think that’s pretty incredible and I encourage you to hold tightly to Him throughout your life, He’ll never let you down. 

Because Jesus rose again death has lost its sting and its power, we’ve been redeemed, we get to be transformed, Jesus has had the final say, we find home and belonging in Him. 

He is so kind and He loves you so much, I pray that this Easter is joy-filled and full of beautiful life-changing moments. 

A massive thank you to Esther for writing this beautiful piece! We hope that you loved reading it just as much as we did!

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