It’s been a hectic term for most of us. When things get so busy and we are required to make numerous decisions in quick succession, it’s interesting to note what our default position is. When under pressure the default position can easily become questions such as: What are we required to do? What does the policy say? What are the union guidelines? What are the legal implications?
Whether it is, ‘required to’, ‘must do’, or ‘have to’, we call this operating according to the law. While there is a certain amount of law that our learning communities value in order to maintain a sense of peaceful structure and organisation, it isn’t at the heart of who we are when making both significant and day to day decisions.
This weekend we celebrate the most significant highlight of the Christian calendar – the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In this we see that Jesus did for us what we could never do for ourselves. He totally met all the expectations of the law and then faced the consequences as if he had totally failed them. It wasn’t his failure of the law he suffered for, but ours.
By suffering for our failure of adhering to the law, and in turn overcoming that (by rising from the dead), Jesus set us free from being slaves to the law. This is what we call the gospel: the good news that Jesus has saved us from the requirement to meet the law. Instead, we can celebrate the transforming love God has for us by making it a practical reality for those in our communities.
I know I use this quote often, but it is a quote I cling to because it is at the heart of who we are. The LCA owns and operates schools and ECS’s,
in order to make available to its members and to others in the community a formal education in which the gospel of Jesus Christ informs all learning and teaching, all human relationships, and all activities in the school. (LCA & its Schools, 2001)
What’s our default position in making decisions in our learning communities? Hopefully it is the gospel of Jesus Christ, which finds its foundation in the Easter journey we celebrate this weekend.
May the celebration of Easter be a source of joy and gospel encouragement for you all.
Spiritual & Cultural Leader