An Easter Message from the Superintendent

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Chapel Field Family,

I hope that you are having a wonderful Spring Break and that you have found the opportunity for some down time with your families.  I also hope that you will have the time to reflect on the amazing grace and love of God that is so clearly manifested in the events of Holy Week.  As the prophet Isaiah said,

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the chastisement that brought us peace was upon him and by his stripes we are healed.

Is there anything more worthy of our attention and contemplation than this truth? If you are like me than your lives very quickly become overwhelmed with busyness, most of which is good stuff to be sure.  However, it does not take long for the good things in my life, which require attention, to squeeze out the time for reflecting on the best and most important things.  I told the students in chapel before the break, that Holy week can act as smelling salts for those of us who have become intoxicated by the cares and worries of this world.  It serves to snap us back into a proper perspective and even helps us to re-calibrate the priorities of our lives if we will take the time to look.  

In the events which we remember over the next couple of days, we are reminded so clearly of the nature of our sin.  Dare I say, that we see the full display of our sin and rebellion against God, that when we, as His creatures, finally got our hands on our creator, we killed him?   Our sin seems so docile from day to day, but during Holy Week we see it for what it really is and it is awful.  It is also during Holy Week that we get confirmation of the dreadful reality of God’s judgement on our sin.  The cross teaches us that He will not let sin go unpunished.  Even Jesus asked if there was any other possible way, but there was none.  Sin must be punished by God even if that means pouring out His wrath upon His only-begotten Son.

 And yet, amid the darkness of these two realities shines the brilliant light of the Gospel; that in Christ our sin, in all of its ugliness, is taken and dealt with once and for all, that in Him we are a new creation, those for whom there is now no condemnation.  In Christ's death and resurrection we are given the infinite encouragement of seeing the unbeatable Goliath of death slain by our greater David so that with the apostle Paul we may now mock it in victory shouting, “O death where is thy sting, O grave where is thy victory?”  Is there anything more glorious?  

 Our mission at Chapel Field is to partner with you to cultivate in your children a love for the truth and a lifelong pursuit of wisdom and virtue.   It is here in Holy week that we have the privilege of witnessing and reflecting on the truth, goodness, and beauty of God made incarnate.  It is here, in Christ that we are able to witness the incarnate wisdom of God which makes foolish the wisdom of this world.  It is this that we seek to point your children to everyday in the classes we teach and in the activities we provide.  It is this truth that makes all other truths worth pursuing.  

I hope that you all have a wonderful Easter and want to thank you for granting us the privilege of partnering with you in the Christ centered education of your children.

 

In Christ,

Bill Spanjer
Superintendent of schools

 
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