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Earthquakes at Easter

Earthquakes can cause such devastating effects on people, homes and countries. Many have been subject to earthquakes in recent times and parts of our own country have been affected in the last few days.

The Bible records two earthquakes which happened when the Lord Jesus Christ was here on earth:

The first when He was dying on the cross. Matthew's Gospel records that as Jesus died, the earth quaked and the rocks were split, and that those watching feared greatly. One of them, a centurion, remarked "Truly, this was the Son of God".

The second earthquake was two days later while Jesus' body lay in the tomb. Matthew states, "Behold there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it." As a result, the guards watching the tomb shook with fear and became as dead men.

How terrifying and amazing for those who witnessed these sudden violent earthquakes and all because of the significant events that were taking place. The first earthquake marked the death of Jesus and the second marked His resurrection from the dead. When Jesus died on the cross, God was fulfilling His promise in sending His Son, Jesus to pay the judgement price for sin. In raising Him to life again, God showed He was satisfied with His Son's sacrifice to take away the sins of His people. All those, in every generation, who come to Jesus in true repentance and faith will therefore receive forgiveness and eternal life.

Sometimes in the experiences of life, we can be shaken as if encountering an earthquake, perhaps when a loved one is suddenly taken from us or when relationships are broken, through sudden illness or because of a failed exam. These events can leave us fearful, perplexed or lonely.

When Jesus died on the cross He suffered more than we will ever know, even crying out to His Father in Heaven, "My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me?" Yet, in God's plan of salvation for mankind Jesus knew He must suffer, die and rise again, that all those who believe on Him should live and know peace with God through him. He loved them and gave himself for them.

When those 'earthquakes' come into our lives over which we have no control, do we not long to turn to someone who will be an unshakeable, immoveable rock? Jesus is that rock. Turn to Him in repentance and faith to forgive your sin, trust him to be your Saviour and Friend. He will be your helper too, and will never leave you, nor forsake you. The writer of Psalm 62 says: "He only is my rock and my salvation."

You can read about the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus in the gospels: Matthew 27 & 28; Mark 15 & 16; Luke 23 & 24; and John 19 & 20. If you do not have a Bible, you could visit this bible website: www.biblegateway.com