by Mrs Seaton

Dear Boys and Girls,

I wonder how many of you have travelled to England by bus or car? If you have you will perhaps have seen a hotel which says – "This is the first hotel in England." You will then know that you have crossed over the border and are now in England. On your way back home you will came to the SAME hotel, but the sign that you will see this time will say – "This is the last hotel in England."

That's strange, isn't it? Its not really, it just depends which direction you're going. And so it is with this time of your which we call Easter when Jesus was taken and nailed to the Cross on which He died. If we look BACK from that cross what we see is Jesus being born and living a good life. However, if we look FORWARD from the cross what we see is Jesus rising from the dead and living for evermore. Like the hotel, boys and girls, it all depends from what direction you are looking. We should look BACK from the cross and remember all that Jesus did while He was on the earth, and especially how He died on the cross that we might have our sins forgiven.

But we must look FORWARD from the cross and remember that although Jesus died there He rose again from the grave and is now alive for evermore.

"Jesus Christ is risen today,
Our triumphant holy day;
Who did once upon the cross,
Suffer to redeem our loss.

Hymns of praise then let us sing
Unto Christ, our Heavenly King;
Who endured the cross and grave,
Sinners to redeem and save.

For the pains which He endured,
Our salvation have secured;
Now above the sky He's King,
Where the angels ever sing.

Mrs Seaton

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