Christ Conquers Evil and Death

Methodist Church in Ireland: President’s Easter Message: 

‘Christ Conquers evil and death’ 

As the dark, frosty days of winter begin to fade, we look forward to Easter holidays with family and friends. Easter is a time for all kinds of celebrations and cultural events across the country.  Many take off to their caravans or holiday homes for a change of scenery seeking a place to switch off from the same old routine and the sad news stories we live with constantly. 

Easter is a Good News story! This is a completely true story that can transform the whole direction of your life.  It’s all about Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, who on Good Friday was crucified, and on Easter Sunday triumphed over death and the grave; Jesus calls us to come and trust in his death for our sins and find new power for living through His resurrection. The heart of the message is that Christ triumphed over all the attacks of evil that were levelled against him in His crucifixion. 

 Many today still think these events never happened, but scripture assures us they were witnessed by not just a few but by hundreds of people. As the apostle Paul says,” After that He appeared to more than 500 of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.” (1 Cor 15: 6) 

Sadly, the world we live in continues to manifest evil events perpetrated by those intent on violent crime. The horrendous knife crime in London is one example of the disregard some have for human life. Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, spoke about his own anxiety when his children are on a night out in London, and how he can’t go to bed until he knows they are home safely. Similar shocking evil events happen across the world. The message of Easter is that Jesus died in our place on the Cross to show us how much God loves us and how precious we all are to him, and he rose from the dead to assure us of ultimate victory over death. 

Recently, a large banner in one of the Churches I was preaching in summed up the message of Easter so well. It read, “If you think you are not up to much, Jesus thinks you are to die for.” As John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 

A Very Blessed and Happy Easter: Rev Billy Davison, MCI President