Australia is a nation that honours rescuers.
We have seen in recent days, those who selflessly rescue people from cyclone storm and flood. They have our admiration, gratitude and thanks.
The need for rescue comes suddenly. Destructive winds wreak havoc in a moment. The TV news shows us people who have been quickly surrounded by floodwaters. How welcome are the brave faces of those who appear just in time to bring them to safety?
Jesus is the ultimate rescuer. His name, in Hebrew, means ‘God saves’.
There are some who would say the events on a Judean hill two thousand years ago have no relevance for the 21st century. But that first Easter tells us that Jesus is alive today and rescues those who cry to him.
You and I need someone to rescue us from sin and bring us back to God. Jesus is the only one who can do this.
No-one who is in trouble looks at a rescuer and says – don’t rescue me. This Easter, get to know Jesus – the greatest rescuer of all.
The Most Reverend Dr Glenn Davies
Metropolitan of New South Wales,
Archbishop of Sydney