An Easter message from Rt Revd Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells

Often people ask me what my favourite Bible verse is.  That is quite difficult to answer, but I think one of the most important verses in the whole Bible contains the words the angel said to the women on the first Easter Day, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen.”   The women had come to the tomb where Jesus had been buried and they found the stone rolled away and the tomb empty. He was not there – for he had risen from the dead.  They couldn’t believe it at first and neither could Jesus’ disciples until they also went to the tomb and found the body gone. That was the last thing they had expected and their lives were turned upside down as a consequence.

Unlike those first disciples we cannot go to the tomb to see for ourselves, but I believe we can see evidence of the resurrection all around us.  The theologian and reformer Martin Luther once said that:  “Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf of springtime”. As we look around the world today we can see the love of God in the people we meet and in the places we go.  We can also discover and experience his peace, forgiveness and joy in our own hearts and lives.  Easter is not only about an empty tomb it; is about a world filled with the love of God.  May God’s blessing and peace be with you this Easter.

+Peter Bath and Wells

Bishop Peter’s Easter Day Sermon from Bath Abbey can be downloaded below.

 

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