Weekend Thought by Robert Fish

OVER the last week, we have celebrated Easter – the time of year when we give and receive Easter eggs to remind us of new life and the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

Jesus was seen by as many as 500 people after his resurrection but, surprisingly, many of those who saw him failed to recognise him at first. Some of those included people he had spent a lot of time with.

I’ve always found that rather difficult to understand. How can you not recognise someone you know so well?

Part of the reason may have been that, humanly speaking, what they had seen was impossible. It certainly wasn’t expected.

Sometimes it can be difficult to see what’s staring you in the face. I’m not the most observant of people, but that’s probably because, like many others, I often see only what I want to see. It’s not until someone points something out to us that we realise we have missed the obvious.

An old saying, which has its roots in the Bible, is: “There are none so blind as those who will not see.”

In other words, our inability to see is a choice that we make – a refusal to accept the evidence.

Some would want to dispute the resurrection of Jesus Christ as a true historical event, yet there is compelling evidence to support it.

If you think it was impossible, is it because you have chosen to close your eyes?

This Easter, may our eyes be opened to the glorious promise of new life that Jesus brings to all who believe in him.