‘Unique’ resurrection touches us all says Sydney Archbishop
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The leader of Australia’s largest Anglican Diocese, says the 'unique' events of the resurrection of Jesus touch all Australians.
Churches across the country are gearing up for Easter Services. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make a private visit to St Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney, joining the congregation for celebrations on Easter Day.
The Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, will preach at that service.
Far from being the celebration of a distant historical event, Dr Davies, says the words of Jesus, which we remember at Easter, 'speak of hope and resurrection life.'
In his annual Easter message, Dr Davies said there was an interest in the theme of resurrection in films, books and popular culture.
"Even in politics, a former Prime Minister once described the likelihood of his own comeback as 'Lazarus with a triple bypass'." said Dr Davies.
Dr Davies went on to outline the story of Lazurus, one of the miracles Jesus performed by raising his friend from the dead.
"This was an astounding comeback to life in this mortal world, but for Lazarus there would be yet another funeral. In contrast, the resurrection of Jesus, which we celebrate this Easter weekend, was unique. The words he spoke alongside Lazarus’ tomb touch us all" the Archbishop said.
"Jesus said ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.’ These words have been said at funerals since the time of the New Testament. They speak of hope and resurrection life, which is available to all who put their trust in Jesus – risen from the dead."