“Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!” ( Luke 24:1-12)
This is the Good News of Easter for all Christians across the world.
The Easter story is one that is familiar to us, we know it so well but how do we live it? We are surrounded by death, and we are called to live as resurrection, Easter day people in the midst of death, how is that possible? How do we do that?
On Easter day, early in the morning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. The stone was not rolled aside so Jesus get out, but so others could get in and see that Jesus had indeed risen from the dead, just as he had promised. The angel who announced the Good News of the resurrection to the women gave them four messages: (1) Don’t be afraid. Are we afraid of coronavirus and wars? The reality of the resurrection brings joy, not fear. When you are afraid, remember the empty tomb of Jesus. (2) He isn’t here. Jesus is not dead and is not to be looked for among the dead. He is alive with his people. (3) Come , see. The women could check the evidence themselves.
The tomb was empty then, and it is empty today. Resurrection is the reality. (4) Go quickly and tell. They were to spread the joy of the resurrection. We, too, are to spread the great news about Jesus’ resurrection; which is the key to the Christian faith.
Because of Jesus’ resurrection , we can be certain of our resurrection because He was resurrected. Death is not the end- there is future life. The power that brought Jesus back to life is available to us to bring our spiritually dead selves back to life. The resurrection is the basis for the Church’s witness to the world. Jesus is more than just a human leader, He is the Son of God.
God gave Jesus authority over heaven and earth. On the basis of that authority, Jesus told his disciples to make more disciples as they preached, baptised, and taught. With this same authority, Jesus still commends us to tell others the Good News and make them disciples for the Kingdom of God – so called Heaven.
Emmanuel Swedenborg once said : “ Heaven is such that all who have lived well, of whatever religion have a place there”. How well do you live with people as you tell the Good News of Christ’s resurrection? Easter is the welcome we offer refugees who leave behind their home, fleeing violence, conflict and war. What is your mission and commitment now, after you have heard the story of Jesus’ resurrection?
“ He is the way, and the truth and the life”. Will you trust Him? Will you share the message of resurrection with others – beginning from your family, your church and your community”?
With God’s love, all things are possible.
With every blessing ,
Reverend Samuel Uwimana