6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. But he has risen! He is not here! See the place where they had put him.
Our focus for ‘Chapels’ across the College this term has been Jesus. We began with ‘Christmas’ back in Week 1 and have arrived at His death and resurrection for Week 9/10. Jesus is the Gospel we celebrate at St Andrews. This Gospel contains the Good News that the God who created the universe and all of life as we know it, came to earth as one of us to rescue us from our selfishness and death.
This truth is the cornerstone of all that happens in our community. It is the source of love and care that every student experiences as a member of our College. It is the basis for why every student matters and leads to the practice of forgiveness and restoration when things go wrong, rather than simply following a course of consequences and punishment.
The Gospel is also the source of hope and optimism amongst the messiness that is life in 2020. A great deal of what is right and good at SALC rests on the Gospel; this is despite the fact that Western Culture has steadily been distancing itself from the facts the Gospel is grounded in.
It is encouraging to examine the facts around Jesus life, death and resurrection. Only the most sceptical legitimate historians believe that Jesus is a mythical figure and yet a poll in the UK found 40% of those surveyed held the view that Jesus is a myth. This points to forces at work in our culture that direct us away from Christianity despite the historical evidence being completely different. It is a bit of a stretch, but it is a little akin to rogue scholars who deny the Holocaust as a factual event.
There can tend to be an attitude of apathy towards God and what happened in the early part of the first century AD in Israel, but it is good to investigate what is true and what is expedient in our post-modern world. I encourage all of us to consider what is at the heart of our worldview and examine where it leads us as we continue in the adventure of life. We might just be surprised by what we find!