‘If a man can predict his own death and resurrection and pull it off, I just go with whatever that man says.’ Andy Stanley
Our students, staff and many parents celebrated Easter at each of our Easter Chapels last week.
Easter Sunday is the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ some 2000 years ago following the cruel crucifixion that took place three days before on Good Friday.
As Christians, Easter is the most important celebration of the year because if it didn’t happen, if Jesus didn’t rise from the dead – the Christian faith is a fraud.
As a Christian school, the story of Jesus’ ministry, his death and resurrection is the source of our hope in a fallen world.
Regardless of how far each of us is along in our faith journey – whether we are asking lots of questions or at a stage where we have committed our lives to serving Him and seek to tell the world the Good News of Christ, the Easter season is a blunt reminder to us of Jesus’ sacrificial gift of love that is available to each of us.
After his death, the disciples believed that Jesus was gone for good. None of them had understood that his sacrifice on the cross was the primary purpose of his short life on earth and that the only way for us to obtain righteousness and a relationship with God was through him.
Jesus’ life was freely given for all of us.
‘16 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. John 3:16 (MSG)
That first Easter morning proved beyond any doubt that Jesus was the Messiah and Saviour.
My prayer is that this most fundamental message that we revisit each Easter remains with each of us throughout the year – regardless of how far along the faith journey we are.
It is with mixed emotions that I write this, my last Directions piece. It was a little over 17 years ago that Sandi and I [with 3 three boys in tow] arrived on the South Coast and commenced what can only be described as a truly blessed time in our lives.
It was at one of my very first assemblies that I used a well-known [but anonymous] quote-
‘A ship is safe in its harbor, but that is not what it is built for.’
As you have probably come to appreciate over the years, I love sailing and sailing analogies.
Over my years at the helm, the good ship Investigator has weathered fierce storms, times of complete calm and [for the most part] perfect sailing weather.
While I have so loved this opportunity, 17 years is a long time…after all, even Matthew Flinders’ voyage to Encounter Bay in the HMS Investigator was only three years [1801-1803]. The time is right to venture outside the South Coast ‘harbor’ [where I feel very safe and loved] to tackle something new.
I will always hold the College dear to my heart as I do the students, families and staff with whom I have worked.
Thank you for your love and your care. I shall keep a lookout for you on the high seas.
Don Grimmett | Principal