Pastor Barry Robinson

Letters to the Camberwell Congregation from Pastor Barry Robinson

Easter 2013


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March 2013

Dear Church Family,

In James Cameron’s movie Titanic, treasure hunters seek out 102-year-old Rose Calvert, who is believed to be the last person to have seen a fabulous diamond called the “Heart of the Ocean,” a jewel supposedly worth even more than the famed Hope Diamond. The “Heart of the Ocean” was cut from the Blue Diamond once worn by Louis XVI in the eighteenth century.

Rose is flown out to the expedition site in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, where the team of treasure hunters is busily at work sending divers down into the wreckage to seek out the “Heart of the Ocean” and other fabled valuables. It is hoped by all that Rose can somehow lead the treasure-hunting team to the final resting place of the “Heart of the Ocean” deep within the Titanic’s watery resting place.

The movie unfolds as Rose tells her story to her rapt audience of treasure hunters: At the age of seventeen, Rose set sail on the Titanic’s maiden voyage with her family and her intended groom, a wealthy young man named Caledon Hockley. During the voyage, Caledon presented Rose with a stunning diamond necklace—the fabled “Heart of the Ocean.”

As the journey continued, though, Rose realized that Caledon viewed her as nothing more than a “possession,” much like the precious necklace which he had given her. The movie Titanic, then, is about Rose’s realization that she could have something more, something more genuine and precious, in a relationship.

Soon, she meets young Jack Dawson, an impoverished young man who likely will never be able to give Rose a precious gem, but who can give her much more: real love. Tragically, Jack would not survive. He would be among the passengers who drowned when the ship struck an iceberg and sank.

As Rose concludes her story, though, the present-day treasure hunters still are left with their original burning question: What ever became of the “Heart of the Ocean,” then?

Surprisingly, at the end of the movie, the 102-year-old Rose reveals a startling secret to her treasure-hunting friends: The diamond is still in her possession!

Then, however, she does something even more startling: It turns out that the real reason she’d agreed to meet the treasure hunters out at sea, near the site of the Titanic’s sinking, wasn’t just so she could share her life story with them.

She’d come to return the “Heart of the Ocean” to the ocean! As a gesture of her undying love for Jack, she’d come to return that temporal “treasure” to the same site where she’d last seen the real treasure of her life, her short-lived soul-mate, Jack Dawson.

Lovett, the leader of the recovery expedition, objects strongly, and begs Rose to at least let him feel the weight of the gem in his hands for a few moments; but Rose says to him as she casts the diamond into the sea,

“You look for treasures in the wrong place…”

On that Sunday morning after Jesus had died we read,

‘After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb’. (Matthew 28:1)

They went searching for their buried treasure; the body of Jesus. But they were looking in the wrong place.

‘The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here…’ (V.5-6)

And the reason he is not in the tomb is because

‘…he has risen, just as he said…’ (V.6)

This Easter, don’t go looking for treasure in the wrong place. As Jesus said,

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19)

Our treasure is in the risen Lord,

‘Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’. (Colossians 3:1-4)

“He is not here, he has risen!” is a wonderful declaration that reminds us where life’s real treasure lies. Life’s real treasure is not “buried” treasure that’s found by digging around materialistically in what this world has to offer. Life’s real treasure is “resurrected treasure.”

“He is not here, he has risen!” reminds us that Jesus is our real treasure, because we can know him, trust him and because we can have life in him.

And, the wonderful thing about this “resurrected treasure” is that we don’t need a map to find it. All Mary had to do was simply open her eyes and see Jesus standing there; just open her ears and hear him calling out her name. (John.20:14-16)

Let’s open our eyes and ears this Easter and discover real treasure.

Have a spiritually uplifting Easter.

With love in Jesus’ name,

Barry Robinson

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“Easter 2013”

Christ centred, Bible based, Holy Spirit enabled teaching, to the glory of God the Father.

When the sermon is online the title will become a link to the audio.

    Meeting Schedule for Camberwell
    Easter 2013

  1. Maundy Thursday 28th March – 7.30pm
  2. Good Friday 29th March – 2.00pm
    Aspects of the Cross (From John’s gospel)
    including an offering for WCG UK
  3. Saturday 30th March 2013 No Service in Camberwell
  4. Easter Sunday 31st March - 2.00pm
    Combined Easter Sunday service with the Salvation Army
    Followed by a fellowship meal

All the above services will be at:
The Salvation Army Hall
105 Lomond Grove
London SE5 7HN

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