I remember having an Easter Egg hunt one Good Friday as a child in Primary School. The child with the most cut-out paper eggs at the end would win the grand prize of a real chocolate Easter Egg. The children would scatter like mad around the yard searching for these eggs in hope of a greater prize. I always enjoyed the thrill of a good Pirate story too, so finding ‘treasure’ was always satisfying to my imagination. Nowadays, my treasure hunt isn’t as exciting – it’s just me trying to find groceries at a Supermarket.
We all hunt. Our souls thirst for new experiences, for shiny pleasures, for new comforts and for the latest model of whatever it is that we want. Why do we do this? The answer is simple: Nothing ever satisfies us. We spend our lives searching for happiness, meaning and purpose. Adverts preach to us that we need new stuff. Magazines tell us we aren’t good enough and that we need to look a certain way. Blogs, vlogs and reality television tell us our lives are too boring. The newspapers give us bad news and tell us we’re never safe. And our bank accounts encourage us to want more money. We spend our lives chasing things that we believe will make us happy. Even when we find happiness, it’s only temporary and never truly satisfies us.
In the Bible, King David says in Psalm chapter 57 verse 2, “I cry to God Most High, to God who fulfils his purpose for me.” David states two basic facts in this verse: Firstly that God has a purpose for him and secondly, God will fulfil that purpose. Both these truths combine to become that deep and wondrous theological concept we call ‘providence’. Providence is the great salvation plan of God to glorify himself, that “in all things, God works for the good of those who love him…” (Romans 8:28). This is good news. This means that God is the one who provides the kind of joy that will fulfil and satisfy our deepest desires.
The Bible teaches us that we are sinners and that we do not seek after God. We may think we do but every time we sin, we turn away from God, rebel against him and reject him. What we need (the answer to this problem) is a relationship with God, and the only way we can have a relationship with God is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
How about you launch yourself on a kind of treasure hunt this Easter? The treasure is Jesus Christ himself who said: “everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” Come and join us this Easter to find out more about how Christ fulfils your deepest desires because of his love for us.
We have a Good Friday service on March 30th at 7:00pm and an Easter Sunday service on April 1st at 10:30am at Caerwent Evangelical Baptist Chapel.