An unanswered question
Do you have unanswered questions about your life and this world we live in? There are many things we can’t explain or understand.
There was an unanswered question at the centre of the very first Easter, nearly 2,000 years ago. Jesus had been arrested, falsely accused, and wrongfully sentenced to death. He was cruelly beaten by Roman guards, then taken outside Jerusalem to be crucified – executed on a wooden cross.
The Bible tells us what happened that day:
It was the third hour when they crucified him. The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS. They crucified two robbers with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!”
In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! Let this Christ, this King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 
One man ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
Jesus didn’t argue with the men who mocked him. He simply asked God a question: “Why have you forsaken me?” But God didn’t answer. And a short time later Jesus died.
An unmistakeable answer
On the third day after those terrible events God gave his unmistakable answer to Jesus’ agonised cry.
Jesus’ friends found his tomb empty, and angels announced the good news: “You are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here.”  In the days that followed hundreds of people saw Jesus alive again with their own eyes. God raised Jesus back to life to prove to the world:
- That Jesus was his beloved Son, just as he’d said.
- That Jesus was perfect and hadn’t deserved to die.
- That Jesus had willingly given his life, being forsaken by God in the place of sinful, guilty people like us.
So the death and resurrection of Jesus has vital personal relevance to you. Will you confess your sins to him and put your trust in Jesus? He will freely forgive you and welcome you into his family. You can know God’s secure and everlasting love. Why not get in touch or come along this Easter to find out more?
Hear more of the good news this Easter:
Easter Sunday Services – 16th April at 10:45 am and 6:15 pm.
Both services will be held in East Leake Village Hall. Refreshments will be served after the 6:15 pm service. Everyone is welcome.
 Jesus was quoting these words from Psalm 22 in the Old Testament
 This whole passage is taken from Mark’s Gospel ch. 15 vs. 25-37
 Mark ch. 16 vs. 6