by Phillip Hutchinson, Reader
The Anglican Communion has ‘The Five Marks of Mission’ – they are an important statement on mission which expresses the Anglican Communion’s common commitment to, and understanding of, God’s mission for all people.
The first of the 5 marks of Mission is “To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom”. Good News comes in all sorts of guises, from our own personal good news to a global perspective of good news. Personal might be a win on the national lottery or making plans for the holiday of a life-time. Global might be a ceasefire somewhere where there has been violence and unrest.
Good news might mean different things to different people. In the national news recentlythere has been reported the restoration of the famous steam locomotive “Flying Scotsman”. At a cost of 4 million pounds some might think that this particular good news might be a waste of money, or even a commitment that was far too expensive, others might think that as a national heritage treasure it is in fact money well spent. Anyway if you think the latter then there will be an opportunity to see Flying Scotsman on the 25th June as it travels across Seaton viaduct and through Oakharn on it’s way north to York.
In Christianity, the Good News, or gospel (Greek: euangelion), is the news of the corning of the Kingdom of God in and through the death of Jesus on the cross at Calvary and his resurrection from the dead in order to restore people’s relationship with God.
As I write this letter, it is Holy Saturday, the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, one of the lowest points in the church’s calendar of remembering the life of Jesus. It is difficult for us, being on the joyful side of the resurrection experience, to imagine what the followers of Jesus must have felt like on that first Saturday after Good Friday (for them, a sabbath day). Trying to imagine what it must have been like to have to say that ‘Jesus is dead’. Of course, he wasn’t and he isn’t, and this is our Good News, and it’s good news that needs telling and spreading. May God bless us in our efforts to do just that!
With all best wishes