Weighing the evidence

Pulpit view for Hawick News Friday 6 April 2012 by Captain Steven Turner

What are your Easter traditions? Lent began as a programme of teaching for new Christians before being baptised on Easter Day. Many Christians now give up some foods or activities in Lent as they look towards Easter.

Elizabeth and I love hot cross buns. We start to eat them as soon as they appear in the bakery section, though some traditions suggest they should be saved for Good Friday, or Easter day. Christians eat them because the cross reminds them of the death of Jesus, which gained us forgiveness from our sins.

Of course, there are many other accounts of their origins: to the Romans the cross represented the horns of the sacred ox; for nature worshippers the round bun is the sun, with the quartered top showing the four seasons.

To hot cross buns we have added eggs (now mostly chocolate) bunnies and lambs as “traditional” symbols, all pointing to new life. There’s little hard evidence for any of our Easter traditions. But the evidence for the life, death and resurrection of Jesus has convinced many sceptics including lawyers and scientists. So as you enjoy your traditional Easter treats, take some time to consider the true story behind the celebration, at a church near you.

About prophetable

My wife Elizabeth and I were commissioned as Officers (ministers) in The Salvation Army in 1997, and have served in appointments in England and Scotland. Since July 2016 I have been working in The Salvation Army's Scotland Office as combined parliamentary and ecumenical representative.
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