"The main point of Easter is that Christ died for our sins. This is something we should all remember, and we should follow Christ's example with it."
In a 17-minute speech, Nick Fletcher, Christian MP, announced the Gospel before the British Parliament. He told a debate in Westminster Hall that the nation "should be proud of our Christian history and our Christian values".
The member began by recalling the role of Christians in society. "Throughout British history, the Christian Church has pioneered some of the most profound and positive social changes that have ever blessed these islands," he says.
"It was Christian faith that compelled William Wilberforce to fight the slave trade, establish care homes for the aged and create the RSPCA. It was Christian faith that moved Lord Shaftesbury to campaign for better working conditions and care for the mentally ill It was Christianity that inspired Hannah More to create free schools for the poor It was Christianity that prompted Josiah Wedgwood to revolutionize working conditions in his factories It was the Christian faith that led Elizabeth Fry to campaign for prison reform."
Then, speaking about Easter, he announced the Gospel.
"At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Christ. He came into the world as a unique person. One who is fully human, like us, but also divine, and therefore perfect and without sin. On Good Friday, we remember the cross where Jesus was sacrificed to cover our sins. And then on Easter Sunday we celebrate the fact that he rose from the dead to sit at the right hand of God, overcoming death for the sake of all who believe in him."
"The main point of Easter is that Christ died for our sins," he concludes, "and He forgave us. This is something we should all remember, and we should follow Christ's example. with this. No matter how much we have been wronged, no matter how far in the past, the message of the story of Christ, more than anything else, is forgiveness. I understand how difficult it is to forgive, but if we can all learn to forgive ourselves, we will have a wonderful future."
“I have sat in this House for 13 years and I have never been so moved listening to a speech,” said Christian MP Fiona Bruce, thanking him for speaking “so boldly and so clearly about his faith”. .
“It echoes so much with my own experience. I became a Christian at 27 and it has changed my life. It has given meaning and purpose to my life. As he says, it is wonderful to know that we are so loved by someone who was even willing to send his son to die on a cross, and who would have done so if we had been the only person in the world."