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From the Pastor

From the Pastor

Closure is one of those words that have become very popular of recent. It’s not a new word, but its usage has risen meteorically. Perhaps it is because modern life is so complex and so multi-dimensional. We love it when we can close and move on from a certain topic or event. It’s one less ball to juggle. The opposite of closure is the feeling of having things hang over you, like Damocles’ sword. Damocles is a servant of a king in Greek mythology. Damocles flatters his king as a great man surrounded by splendour and brilliance. The king offers Damocles to trade places and he quickly accepts. The king has a sword suspended above the head of Damocles as he sits on the throne. The sword is held back only by a horse hair. Damocles’ time on the throne was overshadowed by a constant fear of imminent disaster. With great wealth and power comes great danger. The throne offered anything but freedom and opulence. The story of Easter is the exact opposite to Damocles’ sword. Outside of knowing Jesus people have the constant fear of judgement hanging over them. Jesus frees us from sin and death, but he does not replace it with another sword. He does not say ‘I died for you, and now you owe me big time.’ Instead on the cross Jesus says: ‘It is finished’. It has been paid – not in part, but in full, completely and forever. On the other side of a cancelled debt is freedom. The freedom to be with God and to be who he made us to be. Easter is the ultimate story of closure. No more sin, death, guilt or shame. In its place is new life and freedom.

         David Rietveld              
         Senior Pastor