Vicar’s Letter March 2018

Somebody recently asked me: If Jesus was so amazing with all the healings and miracles he did, why didn’t he just carry on and do lots more and change more lives?

It’s a good question. Curing someone with leprosy, restoring a sick child to her parents, helping a deeply disturbed man return to “normal life” and rescuing a bleeding woman who had spent all her money on specialists must have been WONDERFUL. So if Jesus was doing all this good stuff – Why didn’t he just continue doing it?

The answer is that He had something even more important to do which has made more impact on more people than even the wonderful thing of physical healing.

As a healer, Jesus transformed people’s lives; As a teacher, He said things that were so profound that people still talk about them today; but as a man on a cross, Jesus achieved something that no-one else could ever do.

Jesus’ death on Good Friday is the event in all of history which we celebrate as the life-changer of forgiveness. Forgiveness, not just for a few of us but for all of us who know that we have done wrong. Jesus, by going willingly to the cross, challenged all the selfishness and evil of humankind and through it offers forgiveness to anyone who will truly receive it.

We as individuals and we as nations can live with deep regrets and guilt – things that stay in our minds and hearts that can eat us up and drag us down. Jesus on the Cross offers forgiveness to all of us who ask, whoever we are and whatever we’ve done. Such forgiveness is a life-changer and a spur to a better life.

Why didn’t Jesus just keep healing? Because His Cross represents the most profound healing of all – Do YOU know its healing power in your life?

Peter Chantry

About Stephen

Lay Chair of All Saints' Church Council and Treasurer. Retired Head of University Secretariat at Keele, Secretary of North Staffs Classical Association, Secretary of North Shropshire CLP, former Woore Parish Councillor, & now Vice-Chairman of Woore Neighbourhood Plan Team.
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