Easter will be about a death, but it will also most certainly, be about the Resurrection.

Being a part of a family means compromise around what is watched on TV. So last Sunday evening I found myself watching Channel 4’s ‘Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins for Stand Up to Cancer.’ As you can probably guess, twelve ‘celebrities’ (something of a broad term these days), undergo SAS training to whittle out the weak and exalt the strong.

Interspersed throughout the show were clips telling stories of people whose lives had been affected by cancer, either their own diagnosis or that of someone close to them. I was especially touched by the story of Jamie MacDonald, a young Welsh judo athlete, winner of national titles and then a competitor in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. This exceptional young man was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in early 2015. In the interviews he talked of the depression, the battles, the features of a ‘normal’ life which would not be his and how he knew that, ‘this is a bout I cannot win, but I hope I can get a few good throws in before that happens.’ What saddened me most was the sense of hopelessness of his situation; there was next to nothing save ‘a few good throws’ which might come of this. Jamie died in 2017.

O to have opened his eyes to the story of another young man who faced death with similar struggles, yet who also knew that death would not be the end. O for Jamie to have known, ‘And what we believe is that the One who raised up the Master Jesus will just as certainly raise us up with you, alive.’ 2 Cor 4:14 Easter will be about a death, but it will also most certainly, be about the Resurrection.

 

 


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